Dr. Bill Soules is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate representing District 37 since January 15, 2013. He is chair of the Senate Education Committee and chairs the interim Public Schools Capital Outlay Oversight Task Force. In his legislative role he serves as an education commissioner for New Mexico at the Education Commission of the States. He represents New Mexico at the Western Interstate Consortium on Higher Education (WICHE). He has been an early childhood fellow with National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) and several education task forces. He has been chair and vice chair of the Council of State Governments -West (CSG-W) and a member of the Border Legislative Council that brings together legislators from the border states of Mexico and the United States to discuss common issues. Soules earned his BA and MA in psychology and his interdisciplinary PhD from New Mexico State University with a degree that spans education and psychology. He is currently a teacher with Las Cruces Public Schools and served on the Las Cruces School Board for eight years and as president of the New Mexico School Board Association. He has made numerous presentations at the local, state, national, and international education and legislative conferences and meetings. His past positions include Assistant Provost for Student Services with New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, Elementary School Principal in the Las Cruces and Hatch Valley Schools, Middle School Principal with the Cobré Schools, and faculty and staff with the College of Education At New Mexico State University. He has taught introductory psychology, developmental psychology, AP psychology, AP statistics, math, and graduate school administration courses. Senator Soules is a champion for the data-driven and cross-sector prevention of adverse childhood experiences to ensure all students have access to the services needed to be safe and succeed with school.