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Forty-ninth Legislature - First Regular Session
  John Nelson

John Nelson

District 12

1700 W. Washington
Room 305
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5872
Fax Number: (602) 417-3112

Personal Information:
Home City: Glendale
Member Since: 2001

John Nelson was elected 4 times to represent City Council District 4, beginning in 1983. As a result of citywide redistricting in 1991, Mr. Nelson was then elected to represent District 5 twice and served as Mayor for a short time. In January 1999, John was elected as Vice Mayor for the third time during his tenure and was the senior member of the Council. He was president of Coe and Van Loo Consultants, Inc., an engineering firm, for eighteen years and a partner for seventeen years.

Nelson was chairman of the City Council Ethics & Public Safety Subcommittee for 9 years and also served on, or chaired: Transportation & Technology, Housing & Neighborhoods, Desert Preserves & Open Spaces, and Natural Resources.

His professional affiliations included the Arizona Consulting Engineers Association, American Water Works Association, and the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Association. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arizona and California, and is a Registered Land Surveyor in Arizona.

Mr. Nelson served our country in the 1st Battle Group, 26th Infantry, 1st Division of the U.S. Army. Prior to joining Coe and Van Loo as a Project Engineer in 1972, Nelson was employed with the City of Phoenix Engineering Department for seven years. He began his engineering career with Tyson Engineering Service in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1962.

In January 1997, Nelson was appointed to the Cartwright School Board. John presently serves as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Maryvale Hospital Medical Center. He also serves on the State Board of Technical Registration Advisory Committee.

His past service has included chairman of the Maryvale Village Planning Committee and past president of the Maryvale Citizens' Association and vice-chairman of the Sanitary Sewer Subcommittee of the Phoenix Bond Advisory Committee. Additionally he has been a member of the Sanitary Landfill Site Selection Committee, the Mayor's Task Force on Juvenile Violence, the Board of Adjustment, and a Professional Engineers in Government Representative. His involvement with young people has included volunteering with Little League, Pop Warner Football and the Boy Scouts.

Past honors include Maryvale Man of the Year in 1978 and Engineer of the Year in 1990. In September 1996, he was presented the prestigious "Community Service Award" by the American Consulting Engineers Council and in October was presented with the "The 1996 Excellence Award for Community Involvement" by the Arizona Civil Engineers Association (ACEA). Later that same month he was honored by WESTMARC as one of the "Best of the West", individual category, for serving his community for the past 25 years. November 1998 John was awarded the title of Fellow of the American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC), a prestigious nomination reserved for only 250 out of 6,000 engineers nationwide.

Mr. Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Mr. Nelson has served on the House Transportation Judiciary, Counties and Municipalities (vice chair) and presently serves on the Government and Retirement Committee, Transportation Committee, and Utilities and Municipalities Committee (Chair).

Nelson and Monica, his wife, have three children and six grandchildren.


Committee Assignments
Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Member Click Here Click Here
Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt Chairman Click Here Click Here
Veterans and Military Affairs Vice-Chairman Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2157 C wildlife; aquatic invasive species
HB2178 C equine rescue registry
HB2203 C TANF; sanctions
HB2265 P child care facilities; licensure; exemptions
  (NOW: exemptions; licensure; child care facilities
HB2400 C partial-birth abortions; definition
HB2426 C enhanced driver licenses; prohibition
HB2439 C concealed weapons permit; safety course
HB2440 P drought emergency groundwater transfers
HB2564 C abortion
HB2616 P living wills; health care directives
  (NOW: health care directives; guardian decision
HCM2009 P opposing federal firearms legislation
HCR2036 C supporting the citizens of Iran
SB1077 P* technical correction; state trust lands
SB1078 P* water protection; technical correction
SB1079 P* technical correction; vehicle accident report
SB1080 P* off-premises vehicle sales; technical correction
SB1081 P* technical correction; disabled parking; reciprocity
SB1082 P* technical correction; overtaking bicycles
SB1083 P* water exchanges; technical correction
SB1084 P* technical correction; school bonds
SB1085 P* technical correction; tax anticipation bonds
SB1086 P* technical correction; state bonds
SB1109 C voter registrations; death notices
SB1119 C restricted driver licenses; DUI
SB1136 P* motor vehicle equipment; technical correction
SB1138 C partial-birth abortions; definition.
SB1143 P enhanced driver licenses; border travel.
SB1144 P incompetent persons; prosecuting agency; notification
SB1148 C deed restrictions; for sale signs
SB1155 P trust lands; conservation; technical correction
  (NOW: elections; hospital districts
SB1157 P* department of environmental quality; continuation
SB1178 P* homeland security councils; coordinating; advisory
SB1179 P* off-highway vehicle franchises
SB1180 P* towing companies; release of vehicles
SB1191 P* implements of husbandry; highway travel
SB1235 P* cooperative purchasing agreements
SB1236 P* acquifer protection permits; natural gas.
SB1237 P* public record requests
SB1238 P* recreational corridor channelization districts; cities
SB1239 P* county water authority; Colorado river
SB1240 P* general hospitals; property tax classification
SB1241 P* railroad corporations; fees
SB1242 C weapons; peace officers; posse; reserves
SB1243 C justification; defensive display of firearm
SB1261 P* public-private partnerships in transportation
SB1263 P* technical correction; state land; sale
SB1270 C firearms possession; concealed weapons permit
SB1288 P* CAGRD revenue bonding; sustainability policies.
SB1289 P* vehicle accident reports See Vote
SB1290 P* wildfire suppression; payment of claims
SB1291 P* state photo enforcement system
SB1292 P* right-of-way acquisition; real estate brokers
SB1293 P* transportation system database; reporting date
  (NOW: certificates of title; electronic system
SB1294 P* state land sales; default
SB1295 P* game and fish commission; bison
SB1296 P* technical correction; state trust land
SB1297 P* flood control districts; remainder parcels
SB1309 P* economic development; technical correction
SB1315 P* special license plates; maintenance.
SB1316 P* nuclear emergency management; appropriations; assessments
SB1317 P* housing department; rule making; exemption
SB1318 P* geospatial data; geographic information council
SB1320 P* ADOT omnibus
  (NOW: omnibus; ADOT
See Vote
SB1328 P fees; veterinarian board
SB1366 P* military installations; reduced appropriation; repeal
SB1412 P real estate transfers; disclosures
SB1414 C theft; catalytic converter
SB1425 C equine dentistry
SB1434 C publicity pamphlet; judicial performance; comment
SCM1001 P equine resources; opposing federal legislation
SCR1013 P* supporting renewable energy sources
SCR1025 C publicly financed elections; prohibition
SCR1030 P* technical correction; bond elections
SCR1045 P death resolution; Jake Flake


P* = Prime Prime Sponsor, P = Prime Sponsor, C = Co-Sponsor