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Forty-ninth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Jonathan Paton

Jonathan Paton

District 30

1700 W. Washington
Room 304
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3235
Fax Number: (602) 417-3030



Jonathan Paton was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He grew up on Tucson’s east side in what is now Legislative District 30. He graduated from Sabino High School in 1989.

During his senior year in high school he dreamed of seeing the world. He worked at Marie Callender’s restaurant as a busboy and saved up the funds to go to Germany as a Rotary exchange student. His year abroad in 1990 was an important time in Germany’s history. He watched the Berlin Wall fall and took with him the images of people experiencing freedom for the first time.

He returned home and began his studies at the University of Arizona. In the coming years he would spend more years overseas studying in Almaty, Kazakhstan with the Sister Cities Program, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitaet in Munich as a Rotary Foundation Scholar and in Moscow through a program administered by the University of Arizona. One of his most important experiences, however, occurred in Arizona when he interned with the Arizona State Senate in 1995.

Jonathan Paton graduated from the University of Arizona summa cum laude and with honors in German and Russian in 1996. He continued on to the graduate program in German at the University of Arizona.

In 1999 Jonathan enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. He served in the 5-104th Military Intelligence Battalion at Ft. Huachuca. He was named “Soldier of the Year” for his battalion, brigade and eventually for the entire 104th Division in 2000. After becoming instructor qualified and being promoted to sergeant, he received his commission as a second lieutenant.

In 2005 after his first year in office, he was called up for active duty for six months in a new Army program called the Basic Officer Leadership Course, which combined infantry training at Ft. Benning, GA with military intelligence training at Ft. Huachuca. He graduated as class leader of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course in January 2006. He continues to serve as a 1st lieutenant and a qualified 35-Delta all-source intelligence officer.

In 2001 Jonathan began a political consulting firm in Tucson called Paton & Associates. He has worked with numerous clients in state and local races as well as on initiative campaigns.

After his promotion to First Lieutenant, Paton volunteered for active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September of 2006 until February 2007. Based at Camp Slayer in Baghdad, he served as operations officer for the Joint Intelligence Operational Capability - Iraq under Multinational Forces Iraq. As operations officer he oversaw logistics of intelligence equipment fieldings, training and maintenance throughout the CENTCOM Theater of Operations. His duties took him to many different cities and forward operating bases in Iraq including Al Asad, Bukka, Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit, Baghdad and Balad. He conducted assessments of intelligence operations and escorted top secret intelligence equipment through Iraq. His work was essential in keeping valuable intelligence assets operational for targeting insurgents throughout theater. In February of 2009 Paton was promoted to Captain.

Besides politics and the military, Jonathan is still interested in languages. His hobbies include reading, brewing beer (we are not sure if anyone has ever survived a taste-testing or not), working-out and writing.


2006   Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona
2000   Total Army Instructor Training (TAITC), Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin
1996   B.A.German, University of Arizona, Summa Cum Laude, Honors
1993   Rotary Foundation Scholar, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitaet Muenchen
1993   Certificate for Advanced German Language Exam (Z.O.P.), Passed with distinction
1993   Certificate for advanced language study, Sprachinstitut Tuebingen
1992   Sister Cities Exchange Scholar, Almaty Pedagogical Language Institute of Foreign Languages
1989   Rotary Youth Exchangee, Corvinianum Gymnasium, Northeim, Germany
1989   Graduate, Sabino High School


2009  Promoted to Captain in the United States Army Reserve
2002  Commissioned as Second Lieutenant, United States Army Reserve
2002  Member Solid Waste Advisory Board
2000  104th Division Soldier of the Year, United States Army Reserve
2000  3rd Brigade Soldier of the Year, United States Army Reserve
2000  5-104th MI Battalion Soldier of the Year, United States Army Reserve
2000  U.S. Army Commendation Medal
2000  U.S. Army Achievement Medal


2001-present   President of Paton & Associates Consulting
2001-present   Vice President, P. Drachman Commercial, Inc.
2000-present   President, Paton & Associates
1998-2000      Tucson Unified School District
1998-2000      United States Army Reserve German Instructor, German G.A.T., University of Arizona
1994               Arizona State Senate Intern
1994               Intern for Governor Fife Symington







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Sponsored Bills
Bill NumberSort By Bill Number
Sponsor TypeSort By Sponsor Type
Short TitleSort By Short Title
Final Vote
HB2066 P incest; classification
HB2148 P human trafficking; violation
HB2149 P drop houses; forgery; human smuggling
HB2150 P animals; fighting.
HB2151 P human trafficking coordinating council
HB2187 P unemployment insurance; base-period employers
HB2249 P city elections; nonpartisan primaries; districts.
HB2257 C stopping of vehicles; highways
  (NOW: public transportation vehicles; stopping
HB2259 P local development fees; procedures
HB2282 P equine tripping; violation
HB2290 P health spa contracts; military members
HB2314 P property valuation; telecommunications companies
HB2457 C university athletic facilities district
HB2569 P smuggling; use of weapon; classification
HB2595 C civil actions; false claims actions
HB2610 P civil liability; affirmative defenses
HB2627 P voter identification; military identification
  (NOW: voter identification; valid forms
HCR2022 C school district expenditures; authorization..
HCR2036 P supporting the citizens of Iran
SB1068 P* aggravated assault; strangulation and suffocation
SB1069 P* justice court fees
SB1070 P* sentencing; prior convictions; methamphetamine
SB1071 P* drug offenses; definitions
SB1072 P* charity game ticket games.
SB1073 P* population thresholds; counties
SB1074 P* election law amendments
  (NOW: amendments; election law
SB1087 P* aggravated domestic violence; violation
  (NOW: amendments; clean elections
SB1088 P* domestic violence; dating relationships
SB1089 P* technical correction; double punishment
SB1090 P* technical correction; civil rights; restoration
SB1091 P* elections; special districts; technical correction
  (NOW: secretary of state; elections; filing
See Vote
SB1092 P* elections; ballots; technical correction
SB1093 P* technical correction; tax judges; qualifications
SB1094 P* technical correction; change of venue
SB1095 P* technical correction; tax court; decisions
SB1096 P* technical correction; defrauding secured creditors
SB1106 P* domestic violence; child custody
SB1109 C voter registrations; death notices
SB1110 P* technical correction; disabled parking; prohibition
SB1111 P* county planning and zoning; revisions
SB1112 P* sentencing; natural life imprisonment
SB1115 P* animals; fighting
SB1120 P* domestic violence offenses
SB1121 P* tax credit; schools; classroom materials
SB1122 P* school construction moratorium; land acquisition
SB1123 P* city elections; nonpartisan primaries; districts See Vote
SB1124 P* technical correction; prostitution; employment
SB1125 P* technical correction; prisoner education; budget
SB1126 P* technical correction; escape; secure facility
SB1127 P* communication service information; technical correction
SB1128 P* technical correction; mandatory vehicle insurance
SB1140 P* justice courts; fees
SB1141 P* local planning; residential housing incentives
SB1142 P* public expenditure transparency database
SB1149 P child support; notice of lien
  (NOW: districts; university athletics
SB1152 P* mental health services; court-ordered treatment
SB1244 P* child protective services; omnibus
SB1245 P* initiatives; publicity pamphlet submittals
SB1246 P* CPS information See Vote
SB1247 P* victims' rights; hearing; fees; status
SB1248 P* public records; electronic format
SB1249 P* DOA; large loss support unit
SB1250 P* retirement; sick leave payments
SB1251 P* contractors
SB1252 P* boxing commission; performance audit
SB1253 P* felony murder; drive by shooting
SB1254 P* anti-marital fact privilege; exception
SB1268 P labor organizations; political activities; contributions
SB1278 P* orders of protection; animals.
SB1279 P* equine tripping
SB1280 P* concealing, harboring or shielding aliens
  (NOW: illegal aliens; concealing; harboring; shielding
SB1281 P* human trafficking; violation.
  (NOW: violation; human trafficking
SB1282 P* smuggling; definitions
  (NOW: smuggling; classification; definitions
See Vote
SB1283 P* dog racing; facility relocation
SB1284 P* contractors' recovery fund; annual statement
SB1285 P* CPS information; redactions; challenges
SB1307 P* state lands; mass appraisal guidelines
SB1313 C county merit system; hearing officers
  (NOW: project financing review; extension; repeal
See Vote
SB1340 P* guilty except insane; applicability; hearing
SB1343 P* elections; audit provisions
SB1344 P* elections; photo identification; address
SB1371 C in God we trust plates
SB1373 C income tax returns; penalties
SB1404 C commercial mortgage broker licenses
SB1409 P* annexation; county islands
SB1433 P automobile theft authority; membership
SCR1020 P senate confirmation; justices and judges
SCR1023 P* initiatives; filing deadline
SCR1025 P* publicly financed elections; prohibition
SCR1026 P* secret ballot; fundamental right
SCR1045 P death resolution; Jake Flake


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