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Forty-ninth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Linda Lopez

Linda Lopez
Minority Whip

District 29

1700 W. Washington
Room 315
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4089
Fax Number: (602) 417-3029

Personal Information:
Home City: Tucson
Occupation: Program Development Coordinator, La Frontier Center Member
Member Since: 2001
Linda’s Legislative Achievements:

First elected to office in 2001 to serve District 29; House Minority Whip 2003-2004; Assistant Minority Leader 2005-2006; Current committee assignments are Appropriations( B); Health; Rules; Joint Legislative Budget Committee; CPS Oversight; and the Governor’s Commission on Reforming CPS. Linda has and will continue to have a positive impact at the House of Representati-ves.

Professional Experience:

Linda serves as Community Relations Coordinator for La Frontera Center, Inc., Tucson. She has been employed and worked for the center since 1991 and is responsible for pursuing funding opportunities for programs, collaborating with other agencies and providers to ensure optimum services for children and adults, and for promoting La Frontera Center to the community. Ms. Lopez has also served as a Clinical Supervisor for Child/Family Center, responsible for overseeing all aspects of daily operations of the Child/Family Center to include personnel management, program development and implementation for a variety of children with special needs, provision of counseling services for children and parents/guardians, and review of financial operations. Prior to this she served as Child/Family Specialist which required direct contact with a variety of special needs children, including developmentally delayed and emotionally and behaviorally disturbed. She developed treatment plans, maintained client records, counseled children and parents/guardians, conducted home visits, and collaborated with staff of cooperating agencies. She was a foster parent for 10 years for 44 foster children who had been abused and neglected. Many of the children had special needs, including schizophrenia, learning disabilities, depression, developmental delays and behavior disorders.

Personal & Family:

Linda was born in September 1948. She and her brother Terry spent their formative years growing up in Indiana. In 1964 her family moved to the San Francisco Bay area where Linda attended University of California at Berkeley. In 1973, she moved to Tucson. As the children grew up Linda decided to return to college. She is the mother to two beautiful daughters, Toni and Bobbi and a son Aaron. Linda has bragging rights to two grandsons, Kyle and Dylan and their wonderful mother Charla. She was also a foster mother to 44 abused/neglected children.

In 2001, Linda decided to run for and won a seat at the House of Representatives for District 29. She is humbled and honored to serve the district and the people of the great state of Arizona. Ms. Lopez has an extraordinary capacity for hard work and enjoys serving the public. She has a great passion for children and education. Linda has been a member of the Sunnyside School Board since 1986, 5 years as board president, and 2 years as clerk of the board. As one can well imagine Ms. Lopez is a highly pivotal figure in her community and district.


B.A., University of Arizona, Women’s Studies, Psychology, minor, 1990, 15 units of graduate credit toward M.A. in History, 1991.
University of California, Berkeley – 1966 to 1968

Academic Honors:

Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa and National Golden Key Honor Society


Among the many awards Linda has received are:

1996 NOW Woman of Courage
1996 Arizona Art Advocate
1998 YWCA Woman on the Move Award
2000 Noche de la Estrella Serenata de Honor
2003 Arizona School Boards Association Legislator of the Year
2004 Sunnyside School District Hall of Fame Award
2005 Distinguished Service to Exceptional Children
2006 National Association of Social Workers Elected Official of the Year
2006 Arizona School Boards Association Legislator of the Year for 2005


Ms. Lopez serves on numerous boards and is a member of many organizations, including:
National Conference of State Legislatures Women’s Legislative Network, Executive Committee Board
Sunnyside School Board Member, 1986-2002, 2005 to present
Parents as Teachers, 1998 to present. Advisory Committee member
Arizona Schools Board Association, 1991 to 2002, 2005 to present. Served as President in 2001
Arizona Hispanic – Native American School Board Members Caucus. 1987 to 2002. 2005 to present. Served as president in 1994
Council of Urban Boards of Education, 1992 – 2002, 2005 to present. Served as chair (2002)
National Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members, 1988 to 2002 – present - President 1999 – 2000.
Juvenile Services Coordinating Council, 2000 – present. Member
National Organization for Women
Arizona Women’s Political Caucus
American Association of University Women
End of Life Choices -- Arizona
Planned Parenthood
Arizona Human Rights Fund
Business and Professional Women’s Association
Los Descendientes of Tucson
Tucson Sister Cities
Co-Chair Governor’s Task Force on Preventing Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and Other Drugs…..2005
NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected Officials)

Leadership Development:

2004 Flemming Fellow 2005 Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Government Executives, Fannie Mae Foundation
2005 Center for Women Policy Studies Foreign Policy Institute for Women Legislators


Committee Assignments
Education Accountability and Reform Member Click Here Click Here
Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Member Click Here Click Here
Retirement and Rural Development Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2314 C property valuation; telecommunications companies
HB2358 P developmentally disabled pupils; schools
HB2432 C school board membership; family members
HB2469 C aggressive dogs; muzzles
HB2539 C off-highway vehicles; minors; restrictions
HB2565 P perinatal mood disorder; educational information
HB2595 C civil actions; false claims actions
HB2600 C assessment ratio freeze; class one
HB2601 C foreclosures; limitation; affidavit
HCR2036 P supporting the citizens of Iran
SB1108 P landlords; foreclosures; tenant notice
SB1143 P enhanced driver licenses; border travel.
SB1144 P incompetent persons; prosecuting agency; notification
SB1149 C child support; notice of lien
  (NOW: districts; university athletics
SB1209 P children; foster care; rights
SB1213 C employer communications; religious; political beliefs.
SB1214 C procurement services; outsourcing prohibited.
SB1215 C right to work.
SB1216 C public employees; collective bargaining.
SB1217 C health care business; consumer information..
SB1311 P* end-of-life options; right to know
SB1312 P* perinatal mood disorder study committee
SB1397 P unmarried couples; responsibilities
SB1398 P license plates; obscuring information; prohibition
SB1410 P* schools; harassment; bullying; protected classes.
SB1411 P* seat belt violations
SB1416 C regional transportation authorities; qualifying counties
SCR1021 C collective bargaining.
SCR1028 P* health care decisions week
SCR1029 P* perinatal mood disorders
SCR1045 P death resolution; Jake Flake


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