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New lawmaker profile: Rep. Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson


Rep. Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson (Cronkite News Service photo)

Name: Bruce Wheeler

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: Democrat

Profession: Retired freelance photojournalist.

Hometown: Tucson.

Legislative District: No. 28, which includes Tucson and the area to the northeast of Tucson.

Committee Assignments: Energy and Natural Resources; Technology and Infrastructure.

Previous or Current Elected Offices: Arizona House of Representatives, 1975-1977, Tucson City Council, 1987-1995.

Highlights of Community Involvement: None.

Why He Ran: “Education…the basics of our success as a community and as a nation. We’re in a global economy now, and to compete globally we have to have better schools than what we have. My passion is improving our education system in the state of Arizona.”

His Focus: “[My] district has been closing schools, and I think that’s really counterproductive. In the state, we’re opening prisons for profit and closing schools, it not only affects LD (legislative district) 28, but the whole state.”

A Bill: HB 2426 would prohibit minors from any cell phone use while driving, including the use of hands-free devices.

Reporting by Sarah Whitmire, Cronkite News Service

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