Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Arizona House Democrats elect new leadership

Arizona House Democrats elect new leadership

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives elected Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), to serve as the new House minority whip. Rep. Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson (District 10), who was serving as the whip, moved into the position of assistant House minority leader.

New leadership elections for the caucus were required after Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), stepped down from his position as assistant House minority leader. Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), will remain the House minority leader.

“I’d like to thank Rep. Gallego for his service to our caucus. That said, the goal today is to ensure that this transition is seamless,” Campbell said. “That has been the case, and we’re not wasting any time getting back to work.”

Wheeler, a former Tucson City councilmember, has been a member of the House since 2010. Previously, he served as the House minority whip. He said that he will continue to encourage the caucus to act as a watchdog for the state.

“Part of our job is to ensure this government is serving the people of Arizona,” Wheeler said. “That means focusing on legislation that will help strengthen our economy and improve education. It also means preventing the extremists at the Capitol from promoting an ideological agenda over the priorities of the people.”

Meyer, a physician, has been a member of the House since 2009. He is also a member of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix Board of Directors and is a former member of the Scottsdale School District Governing Board.

“I’m looking forward to serving the caucus in this position,” Meyer said. “We’ve worked all session to get Arizona back on track and that will continue. Next steps should include passing a budget that will reflect the needs of the middle class, that will fund schools and safety programs and that will promote economic security.”


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