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Brenda Burns announces for Corp. Commission

Former lawmaker Brenda Burns has issued a press release announcing she had collected more than 4,000 petition signatures in her candidacy for the vacant seat on the Corporation Commission.

Commissioner Kris Mayes will reach her term limit this year.

Burns’ announcement also contained a lengthy list of endorsements. Since 2003 Burns has been principal of a public affairs consulting company; her client list included: Americans for Limited Government, Chevron, Luke
Preservation Trust, Tucson Heart Hospital and the Arizona Cable and Telecommunications Association.

She served in the House from 1987 to 1994 and was majority leader during her last term. She served in the Senate from 1995 to 2002. In 1997, she began a four-year stint as Senate president – the first woman to serve in that
capacity in state history.

Burns tapped Elliot Hibbs to be her director of operations. He was subsequently named DOA director, and Burns replaced him with Rob Dalager. Chris Smith was her policy director. In 1999, Smith became her chief of staff.

In 2001, with the Senate evenly split between Dems and GOP, Randall Gnant was elected president and shared power with Jack Brown who was floor leader. Burns was termed in 2002. In 2008 she was awarded the Polly Rosenbaum Award to honor her 16 years in public service.

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