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Freshmen lawmakers of the 51st Arizona Legislature profiles from Cronkite News Service.

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron

Name: Jamescita Peshlakai Chamber: House of Representatives Party: Democrat Profession: Lead coordinator for the Navajo Nation Traditional Agricultural Outreach nonprofit organization. Served in U.S. Army from 1989-1997. Hometown: Cameron Legislative District: No. 7, which covers northeast Arizona, including all of ...

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Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix

Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix

Name: Paul Boyer Chamber: House of Representatives Party: Republican Profession: Communication; aspiring instructor. Hometown: Phoenix 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 ...

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Rep. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert

Rep. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert

Name: Warren Petersen Chamber: House Party: Republican Profession: Vice president of sales, VIP Homes; real estate broker. Hometown: Gilbert Legislative District: No. 12, which covers Gilbert and Queen Creek. Committee Assignments: Commerce; Ways and Means; Government (Vice-Chair). Previous or Current ...

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Rep. John Allen, R-Scottsdale

Rep. John Allen, R-Scottsdale

Name: John Allen Chamber: House Party: Republican Profession: Buys and sells collector cars. Hometown: Scottsdale Legislative District: No. 15, which covers portions of the north Valley. Committee Assignments: Judiciary; Education; Insurance and Retirement (Vice-Chair). Previous or Current Elected Offices: Former ...

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Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge

Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge

Name: T.J. Shope Chamber: House of Representatives Party: Republican Profession: Manager at Shope’s IGA supermarket in Coolidge. Hometown: Coolidge Legislative District: No. 8, covering portions of Pinal and Gila counties. Committee Assignments: Commerce (Vice-Chair); Agriculture and Water; Energy, Environment and ...

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Rep. Lisa Otondo, D-Yuma

Rep. Lisa Otondo, D-Yuma

Name: Lisa Otondo Chamber: House of Representatives Party: Democrat Profession: Realtor, former school teacher Hometown: Yuma Legislative District: No. 4, which stretches from southern Yuma County into southern Maricopa County and western Pima County. Committee Assignments: Education; Technology and Infrastructure. ...

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Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa

Name: Bob Worsley Chamber: Senate Party: Republican Profession: Owner and founder of New Mexico and Arizona Land Co., which develops energy, mineral and land projects. Previously, he was the owner and founder of Sky Mall, the in-flight shopping catalog. Hometown: ...

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Rep. Juan Mendez, D-Phoenix

Rep. Juan Mendez, D-Phoenix

Name: Juan Mendez Chamber: House of Representatives Party: Democrat Profession: Manages a non-profit association called Community Voicemail Hometown: Phoenix Legislative District: No. 26, which includes north Tempe, northwest Mesa and part of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. Committee ...

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Rep. Doug Coleman, R-Apache Junction

Rep. Doug Coleman, R-Apache Junction

Name: Doug Coleman Chamber: House of Representatives Party: Republican Profession: Retired business teacher at Apache Junction High School. Hometown: Mesa. Legislative District: No. 16, which covers eastern Maricopa County and northwestern Pinal County. Committee Assignments: Education (vice chairman); Government; Higher ...

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