Thursday, November 08, 2012

Arizona House Democrats elect leadership focused on creating jobs and improving education

Arizona House Democrats elect leadership focused on creating jobs and improving education

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives elected leadership today that will continue to prioritize efforts to counter the extremist Republican agenda, while working to create jobs and improve education in Arizona.

Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), will continue to serve as minority leader. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), is the new assistant minority leader and Rep. Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson (District 10), is now the minority whip.

House Democrats re-elected Campbell to serve as the minority leader. Campbell, a Phoenix native and graduate of Northern Arizona University, has served in the House since 2007. Campbell represents District 24, located in Phoenix and in Scottsdale.

“There is a lot of work to be done this session,” Campbell said. “Arizonans can expect House Democrats to continue to push for more jobs, better educational opportunities and increased government accountability.”

Gallego, who was first elected in 2010, is a Harvard graduate and also served in the Marine Corps. He represents a district comprising Central and South Phoenix, Laveen, Guadalupe and Tempe.

“House Democrats will be Arizona’s watchdog,” Gallego said. “We will ensure the Republicans are accountable to the people of Arizona and we will get our state back on track.”

Wheeler, a former Tucson councilmember, has been a member of the House since 2010.  He said that he will remain committed to protecting women’s access to healthcare and supporting local business development. His district is located in Tucson.

“We need to make sure that the priorities of the people of Arizona are reflected in government,” Wheeler said. “In the upcoming session, we are prepared to fight against any extremism and to promote the issues that are most important to people in Arizona.”


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