Tuesday, March 29, 2011

‘Effective leader’ Tovar selected as new House Minority Whip


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democrats selected on Tuesday Rep. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13) as their new Minority Whip, citing her strong leadership and work ethic.

Tovar replaces Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson (District 29), who stepped down last week in order to devote more of his time to the legislative process.

“Rep. Tovar always has been an effective and strong leader, and I am confident she will exceed expectations as whip,” said House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. “Anna is always willing to talk and work with colleagues and solve an issue from the bottom up.”

Tovar, who has fought tirelessly to restore life-saving transplants for Arizonans, has a history of public service.

For the past two and a half years, Tovar, a Tolleson native, has served as a state representative for District 13, serving on the House Judiciary, Education, and Appropriations committees.

Before becoming a lawmaker, Tovar served as the vice mayor of Tolleson for two years and on the Tolleson City Council for seven and a half years.

She was a member of the Maricopa Association of Governments, Tolleson’s Park Committee and Teen Council. She also was a Board Member for the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“Rep. Tovar is one of the hardest working members in our caucus, and her balanced approach is part of what makes her an honest and efficient leader,” said Assistant House Minority Leader Steve Farley. “As a two-time transplant survivor herself, Anna has worked day and night to help Arizonans regain the life-saving transplants Gov. Jan Brewer and Republicans eliminated.”

Also a former teacher at Tolleson Elementary, Tovar has served as Tolleson Elementary School PTA Vice President and Tolleson Teacher Education Association Vice President. On a national level, Tovar has been a member of the National League of Cities, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Women in Municipal Government, Young Elected Officials and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

She also is a board member for Jobs for Arizona Graduates (JAG), Friendly House and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Arizona. As a former high school basketball player, Tovar enjoys shooting hoops with her two sons and husband.

“It is an honor to be voted by my peers for a job to work with and among them on a broader level,” Tovar said. “It’s time we work together to hold government accountable to We the People.”

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