New lawmaker profile: Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix
Published: February 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Name: Katie Hobbs Chamber: House of Representatives
Profession: Social work, contractor
Legislative District: No. 15, which covers much of central Phoenix and stretches from parts of Glendale into Scottsdale.
Committee Assignments: Government; Health and Human Services; Transportation.
Previous or Current Elected Offices: None.
Highlights of Community Involvement: Emerge Arizona, which helps to train Democratic women to run for office.
Why She Ran: “As a social worker… as a profession, our role is to represent the most vulnerable people in our communities. I had the opportunity to do some policy work and I didn’t feel like their voices were really being heard at this level.”
Her Focus: “For the last 11 years I have been involved with domestic violence work, so it’s an issue that’s very close to me and personal in terms of the policy issues that I have been involved with up until now.”
A Bill: HB 2580 would expand the definition of school bullying to include electronic harassment when it occurs on school computers, networks, forums and mailing lists.
Reporting by Alyson Zepeda, Cronkite News Service