Sen. Linda Lopez was hired by the Easter Seals Blake Foundation in Tucson, the organization announced Oct. 7.
The Tucson Democrat began working as the director of children and family services on Nov. 4, a new job that prompted her to step down from her role as assistant minority leader in the Senate on Oct. 21.
The Easter Seals Blake Foundation, which has been providing services to children and adults with disabilities in southern Arizona for more than six decades, is picking up on the work Lopez has done for 22 years as an advocate for children and families at La Frontera Center.
“Linda’s tenure in the state Legislature has been notable for her tireless advocacy for children and families, including early childhood development/education, behavioral health issues and women’s health services,” said Ema Kammeyer, the foundation’s CEO. “Both in her work at La Frontera and as an advocate in the Legislature, Linda has always brought a passion to her work that will benefit the 18,000 individuals and families we serve throughout southern Arizona.”
In a statement, Lopez said she’s excited for her new role with an organization she’s known and worked with for more than two decades.
Lopez’s resignation as minority leader led to an overhaul of the Senate Democrat’s leadership structure. The caucus voted 8-5 to oust Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, D-Phoenix, as minority leader following Lopez’s departure.
The minority caucus is now led by Sen. Anna Tovar, D-Phoenix, along with Sen. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma, and Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix.