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Fiftieth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Catherine H. Miranda

Catherine H. Miranda

District 16

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 329
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4893
Fax Number: (602) 417-3116

Personal Information:
Home City: Phoenix
Occupation: Education Administration
Member Since: 2010
Catherine Hernandez Miranda comes from a family of four sisters and one brother. Family roots in District 16 began with her mother Ysabel Santana Hernandez’ passion for church work at St. Catherine’s and Immaculate Heart Church. Her father, Robert Hernandez, a Korean War paratrooper in the 11th American Airborne was a proud member of American Legion Post 41. Another bond with District 16 was her father’s construction work; building Ocotillo Library and Salvation Army center.

Raised in the Jorgenson neighborhood near Bishop Henry Barnwell’s Missionary Baptist church where her athletic talents took her from all star fame, to East High basketball and scholarship offers from South Mountain Community College and Arizona State University.

Catherine worked at South Mountain High school under principals René Diaz and Josephine Pete. Graduating from ASU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary education, she taught in the Roosevelt District. In 2004 she received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and promoted to assistant principal. She’s been administrator in Washington and Cartwright school Districts.

Catherine is in her first term of the State Legislature as a representative from district 16. Her legislative priority is education with a special focus on Dream Act students. In 2011, Catherine was appointed by State House Speaker, Andy Tobin to the Education Ad Hoc Committee whose purpose is to recommend an effective data system for the state of Arizona. Catherine has also been selected to serve on the Board of Directors with National Association of Latino Elected Officials. NALEO is the largest and longest existing Latino elected officials organization in the United States. Among her appointments is also her seat on the Executive Committee on the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She has also been named chairwoman for the International Relations, Trade, and Immigration Task Force with NHCSL. In 2008 Catherine was elected by the widest margin to the Roosevelt School Board. Roosevelt is the largest and oldest school district in the South Mountain community.

Catherine is co-founder of the Manzana Foundation which helps students prepare for college. The Manzana Foundation recently joined a partnership with Navajo Technical College to extend accredited courses into the Phoenix area. Catherine’s passion in education has given DreamAct students an opportunity to continue their education at an affordable price through this partnership. People most important to Catherine is her husband Ben and her two children Gavin and Star.


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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2101 P protest activity; prohibition
HB2249 P* school board agendas; posting; time
HB2250 P* surveys; ethnicity; multiracial category
HB2251 P* 8th grade promotion certificates
HB2293 C community property; separate debts
HB2294 P pregnant prisoners; restraints prohibited; exception
HB2372 C conservatorships; guardianships; county reimbursement
HB2373 C judicial facility districts
HB2374 P sentencing; minimum and maximum terms
HB2376 P department of juvenile corrections; continuation See Vote
HB2377 C capital postconviction public defender; continuation
HB2378 C life sentence; parole eligibility
HB2379 C incarceration costs; municipal court warrants
HB2380 C prisoners; medical parole
HB2383 C mortgage loan servicers; duties; obligations
HB2385 C schools; athletics; head injury policies
HB2438 C sexual conduct; minor
HB2533 C biennial budgeting; state agencies
HB2549 C state nickname; grand canyon state
HB2552 C agricultural property tax classification; equine.
HB2564 C sales tax; pipes and valves
HB2566 P native American tribes; revenue sharing
HB2567 P state transportation board; tribal representation
HB2568 P shared revenue; Navajo technical college
HB2569 P prioritize repairs; state highways
HB2586 P military members; consumer reporting agencies
HB2588 P name change records; stalking victims
HB2594 P family leave insurance
HB2599 P* school day; additional hour
HB2600 P* water conservation; cities; towns
HB2601 P* schools; bullying; sexual orientation; enforcement
HB2602 P* foreclosed properties; homeowners' associations; maintenance
HB2604 P AHCCCS; services; restoration.
HB2605 P accounting tax credit; repeal.
HB2606 P AHCCCS; nonexperimental transplants; funding
HB2607 P transplant services; AHCCCS.
HB2630 P schools; prohibited courses; repeal
HB2639 P state contracts; preference; Arizona businesses
HB2640 P education; basic skills lists
HB2664 C Arizona sentencing commission
HB2694 P* public safety employees; crisis training
HB2698 P transplant funding; unclaimed lottery monies
HB2699 C expanded public school tax credit
HB2708 C homeowner's rebate; primary residence
HB2711 C prohibited weapon; high capacity magazine.
HCM2005 P* dream act; military service; adoption
HCR2025 C board of executive clemency; commutation
HCR2029 C initiatives; periodic reauthorization
HCR2034 C recognizing pregnancy care centers
HCR2039 P transplant awareness
HCR2051 C Arizona; centennial song
HM2001 C F-35 program; support funding
HR2002 C Mexico-U.S. commission; eradicate foot-and-mouth disease
HR2003 P Turkish-Arizona House of Representatives friendship
HR2004 C honoring John Waddell
HR2007 C Warrene Ware; service
SB1147 C motor vehicle safety monitoring equipment
SB1155 C electronic; digital devices; stalking; threatening
SB1156 C grand jury proceedings; electronic recording.
SB1159 C multimedia production tax credits
SB1202 P definition of dangerous drugs; synthetic.
SB1444 C private prison contractors; public records..
SB1445 C private prisoners; transfer
SB1446 C private prisons; oversight
SB1447 C palliative care; patient information
SB1448 C private prisons; capacity; notice
SB1449 C private prisons; regulation
SCR1037 C liquor tax increase; alcohol abuse
SCR1061 C Mitch Menlove; death resolution
SR1013 C Lloyd Oliver; death resolution


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