Name: Paul Boyer
Chamber: House of Representatives
Profession: Communication; aspiring instructor.
Legislative District: No. 20, which covers parts of Phoenix and Glendale.
Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Education; Health (Vice-Chairman).
Previous or Current Elected Offices: Precinct committeeman.
Highlights of Community Involvement: “Well, it was a while ago, but Habitat for Humanity. Through that, I’ve built a few homes. And then with my church, my old church, I’ve been to Mexico six times just to build homes over there … Providing a roof over someone’s head? That’s huge.”
Why He Ran: “It’s a two-part answer. What inspired me to get into politics is completely separate from why I decided to run this particular time. I was working in the House for House majority (as a spokesman) and just being involved in the process for the last six years. And then there were two retirements, Linda Gray and Jim Weiers. They had served here for, between them, about 20 years, maybe longer than that. And then Kimberly Yee – she’s my senator, she’s my seatmate across the way – she had recruited me, she had talked to me about running. And I considered it and thought, ‘Well, can I win? Is it going to be worth it?’…So when they decided to retire, I thought, ‘You know what? If there was ever a time to run – this time.”
His Focus: “Primarily, (I) hope to deliver a fiscally responsible budget that still provides the core and necessary services.”
Bills: Authored HB 2488, which would allow individual schools and charter schools to offer 200-day academic calendars. It would also provide for increased funding for school districts and charter holders that choose to offer those extended calendars.