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Forty-ninth Legislature - First Regular Session
 
 
  Amanda Aguirre

Amanda Aguirre

Democrat
District 24

Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 314
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4139
Fax Number: (602) 417-3184

 
Personal Information:
Home City:Yuma
Occupation: CEO/President of Regional Center for Border Health & San Luis Walk-In Clinic, Inc. (Primary Care Center)
Member Since:2006
Amanda Aguirre has been involved for more that 25 years in public health education and administration with a strong emphasis in U.S.-Mexico border health issues and has lived in Yuma for the past 23 years. She possesses a life-long commitment to education since she was raised by parents who were both elementary school teachers. From them she developed her Democratic values to work hard and serve her community before all else.

Senator Aguirre holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Sonora in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. In 1981, she received her Master’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles, in Nutrition, with a focus on feeding problems of children with developmental disabilities.

Ms. Aguirre became the first female and first Hispanic to represent District 24 (Yuma and La Paz Counties) in the Arizona State House of Representatives on February 2003, when the Yuma County Board of Supervisors appointed her to the 46th Arizona State Legislature. She was later elected to serve in the House of Representatives for a full term a year later, and the Arizona State Senate in 2006, where she has served ever since.

During her time in office, Senator Aguirre has had great success in passing key bi-partisan legislation. Most recently, she undertook and passed a bill to establish an Autism Task Force legislative committee to review the coordination of services provided by state agencies, schools and organizations relating to the treatment of persons with autism spectrum disorder and recommend solutions for improvement of these services. On a similar note, she was also the champion of legislation passed in 2008 coined “Steven’s Law,” which requires private medical insurance companies to provide Autism intervention service coverage under their insurance plan benefits.

Also in this last legislative session 2010, Sen. Aguirre was successful in passing two other major bills, one protecting property owner-tax payers to be included in the approval of the dissolution of an Arizona fire district; and SB1182 which gives psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners the authority to conduct court-ordered mental health evaluations and treatment procedures, this bill was introduced on behalf of the Arizona Nurses Association.

Other past successful legislation includes: the creation of a “Breast Cancer Awareness” special license plate with proceeds benefitting cancer screening for uninsured women; establishing liability protection guidelines for volunteer citizens performing emergency medical assistance during a state of emergency; and successfully establishing a “credit freeze” option for victims of identity theft, which passed unanimously with bipartisan support in both House of Representatives and the Senate; and securing $1 Million dollars to fund the state diabetes prevention and awareness campaign.

Ms. Aguirre was recently appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to serve on her 5 member bipartisan Advisory Group for Behavioral Health, a committee made up of two Senators, two Representatives to address structural reform and challenges faced by the state in administering and delivering behavioral health services.

Senator Aguirre was appointed to co-chair the In-Home Care Study Committee in 2008 and 2009 which made her the only Democrat to co-chair a joint legislative committee in a Republican controlled legislature. Sen. Aguirre is also the current ranking member on the Senate Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Committee. She also presently serves on the Northern Arizona University Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute Advisory Board, which compiles twelve of the most influential healthcare decision-makers in the state.

Other notable efforts include the successful community involved clean-up of illegal dumping sites in her district, and hosting county-wide child immunization events.

In her free time, Senator Aguirre enjoys traveling, reading, playing guitar, kayaking on the Colorado River, and spending time with her significant other and cat “Nafta.”


ARIZONA 49TH LEGISLATURE COMMITTEES
  • Appropriations
  • Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform
  • Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee
  • Joint Legislative Budget Committee
  • Joint Committee on Capital Review
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force (which she founded)
  • Advisory Board of Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
ARIZONA 48TH LEGISLATURE COMMITTEES
  • Joint Legislative Budget Committee
  • Joint Committee on Capital Review
  • Health Committee
  • Appropriations Committee
  • Natural Resources & Rural Affairs
  • Co-Chair the Ad Hoc In Home Care Study Committee
ARIZONA 47TH LEGISLATURE COMMITTEES

  • Health Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Transportation Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Appropriation (P) Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Energy and Renewable Sources
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Cervical Cancer
  • Joint Legislative Statewide Health Care Task Force
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Children's Caucus
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Review
  • Joint Legislative Ad Hoc Committee on Towing
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Homeland Security
ARIZONA 46TH LEGISLATURE COMMITTEES

  • Federal, Mandates & Property Rights Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Federal, Mandates & Property Rights Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Transportation Committee, Arizona House of Representatives (Ranking Democratic)
  • Rules Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Joint Legislature Children's Caucus on January 2004
  • Joint Legislative Review Committee on Game and Fish Fees
  • Joint Legislative Rural Physician Study Committee
  • Joint Legislative Ad Hoc Study Committee on Retire Health Care Benefits
  • Federal, Mandates & Property Rights Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Transportation Committee, Arizona House of Representatives (Ranking Democratic)
  • Rules Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Joint Legislature Children's Caucus on January 2004
  • Joint Legislative Review Committee on Game and Fish Fees
  • Joint Legislative Rural Physician Study Committee
  • Joint Legislative Ad Hoc Study Committee on Retire Health Care Benefits
  • Joint Legislative Statewide Health Care Task Force
  • Ad Hoc Committee on County Levy and Expenditure Limits, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Small School District Funding, Arizona House of Representatives
Appointments

  • In November 2009, Ms. Aguirre was appointed to the NAU Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute Advisory Board
  • In 2007, Senate President Bee appointed Ms. Aguirre to serve as a member of the Arizona Homeland Security Coordinating Council.
  • In February 13, 2007, Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Ms. Aguirre member of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Member of the Arizona Rural Legislators Caucus
  • Member of the Arizona Legislators Hispanic Caucus
  • In January 2006, became a member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, an arm of the National Caucus of State Legislators (NCSL).
  • In October 2005 Ms. Aguirre became a member of the Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness (AzCPHP) Advisory Committee.
  • In August 2005, Ms. Aguirre was reappointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to the Arizona Governor's Homeland Security Coordinating Council.
  • In July 2005 Ms. Aguirre completed a Training Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • In 2005, became member of the Health Committee of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL).
  • In May 2004, Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Ms. Aguirre member of the Arizona State Citizen Corps Council. The Council's mission is to "harness the power of every citizen to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, people health issues and disasters of all kind".
  • In February 2003 Ms. Aguirre became a member of the Good Neighbor Environment Board an Advisory Board to the United States Congress and President Bush on environmental issues.
  • From 2003-2006, Ms. Aguirre served as a member of the Arizona Governor’s Homeland Security Council, (being the only State Legislator in such council) appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano.
  • January 2000-2003 Ms. Aguirre served as member of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission appointed by President Clinton.
  • In 1999 Ms. Aguirre was also appointed by Governor Jane D. Hull to serve in the Governor's Commission on the Health Status of Women and Their Families and presently continues being a member under the leadership of Governor Janet Napolitano.
  • Joint Legislative Statewide Health Care Task Force
  • Ad Hoc Committee on County Levy and Expenditure Limits, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Small School District Funding, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Transportation Committee, Arizona House of Representatives (Ranking Democratic)
  • Rules Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Joint Legislature Children's Caucus on January 2004
  • Joint Legislative Review Committee on Game and Fish Fees
  • Joint Legislative Rural Physician Study Committee
  • Joint Legislative Ad Hoc Study Committee on Retire Health Care Benefits
  • Joint Legislative Statewide Health Care Task Force
  • Ad Hoc Committee on County Levy and Expenditure Limits, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Small School District Funding, Arizona House of Representatives
AWARDS
  • Legislative Advocate of the Year Award - Arizona Recycling Coalition/American Public Works Association - August 2010
  • Outstanding Legislator Award - County Supervisors Association - 2009
  • Cultural Heritage Award - ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy in acknowledgement of her significant contributions to behavioral health care in Arizona - 2009
  • Arts Hero Award - Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts - 2009
  • Legislative Appreciation Award - Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition - 2009
  • Legislative Appreciation Award - Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, for her work in fighting to preserve access to high quality healthcare in Arizona - 2009
  • Friend of Cities and Towns Award - League of Arizona Cities and Towns - 2009
  • Autism Legislative Champion - Southwest Autism Resource & Research Center - 2008
  • "Walk the Talk" Award - Arizona Medical Association - 2008
  • Outstanding Legislative Service Award - Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club - 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Special Recognition Award - Valle del Sol for her work on diabetes issues - 2007
  • Policy Maker of the Year Award - Arizona Public Health Association - 2007
  • Legislative Appreciation Award - Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association - 2007
  • In July 2006 received the “Outstanding Arizona Legislator Award” from the Arizona Rural Health Association.
  • In June 2006 received the “Diabetes Advocacy Award” from the American Diabetes Association, Arizona Chapter.
  • In 2005 “Community Nutrition Award” on behalf of the Arizona Dietetic Association.
  • In February 2005 Ms. Aguirre received a “Certificate of Appreciation” on behalf of Arizona’s Children Association.
  • In 2005 Recipient of the “Kids and Asthma: A Report to the Yuma Community, The President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness” from Arizona State University.
  • In 2004 received the “Outstanding Legislature Service Award” on behalf of the Arizona Counties, County Supervisors Association of Arizona.
  • From 2003-2005 received “Award of Distinction” by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.
  • In June 2003 Ms. Aguirre received the “Senator Andy Nichols Award” by Governors of Arizona and Sonora for her dedication to improving the region through public health education and awareness.
  • In December 2002 Ms. Aguirre received the “Border Health Hero Award” by Dr. Alfonso Ruiz, Executive Director, Office of Pan American Health Organization.
  • In January 2002 Amanda appeared on Univision “Nuestro Orgullo” Hispano, a segment in which recognizes outstanding individuals within the Hispanic community and for being a role model for the Latino society.
  • In 2001 recipient of the “ATHENA” Award given by the Athena Foundation to the women who have displayed excellence in leadership and community services in Yuma County sponsored by the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce.
  • In March 2000 Amanda received the OHTLI Award by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the highest distinguished award given by the Country of Mexico to individuals living in a foreign country that have demonstrated a commitment to serve communities and families of Mexican origin.
  • In 1999 received the “Health Worker of the Year” Award by the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Association.
  • November 2008 received the Legislative Appreciation Award by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

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HB2142 P county water authority; Colorado river
HB2157 P wildlife; aquatic invasive species
HB2164 P pharmacists; administration of immunizations
  (NOW: administration of immunizations; pharmacists
HB2250 C public trust lands; use permit
HB2252 C international ports development
  (NOW: international transportation and port infrastructure
HB2253 P publication of notices; websites
  (NOW: public legal notices; committee
HB2254 C state transportation board membership
HB2255 P fertilizer fund; pesticide fund; uses
HB2256 P border regional port authority
HB2282 C equine tripping; violation
HB2293 P teacher loan program; geographic shortages
HB2297 P pricing; abnormal market disruptions; emergencies
HB2300 P centennial scholars program
HB2404 C spay; neuter; incentive programs
HB2460 P mental health services; court costs
HB2504 P school districts; state mandates; funding
HB2505 P cities and towns; state mandates
HB2506 P CORP; chaplains; membership
HB2507 P enhanced driver licenses; border travel
HB2508 P central state repository; crime information
HB2517 C kennel inspections; counties
HB2581 P library districts; county reimbursement
HB2587 C petition circulators; signature payment prohibited
HCR2036 P supporting the citizens of Iran
SB1108 C landlords; foreclosures; tenant notice
SB1143 P* enhanced driver licenses; border travel.
SB1144 P* incompetent persons; prosecuting agency; notification
SB1178 P homeland security councils; coordinating; advisory
SB1191 C implements of husbandry; highway travel
SB1311 C end-of-life options; right to know
SB1312 C perinatal mood disorder study committee
SB1328 P* fees; veterinarian board
SB1329 P* central state repository; crime information.
SB1330 C special health care districts; terms
SB1416 P* regional transportation authorities; qualifying counties
SCR1028 C health care decisions week
SCR1029 C perinatal mood disorders
SCR1045 P death resolution; Jake Flake

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