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Fifty-third Legislature - First Regular Session
  Charlene R. Fernandez

Charlene R. Fernandez
Minority Whip

District 4

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 322
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3098
Fax Number: (602)

Personal Information:
Home City: Yuma
Member Since: 2015
Charlene earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. She worked for Congressman Ed Pastor for twelve years, coordinating constituent services for the western portion of then Congressional District 2. While working for Congressman Pastor, Charlene spearheaded an effort that culminated in bringing a Veteran's Administration clinic to Yuma County for the first time in history; previously the Phoenix Veterans facility was the closest place for them to receive these services. Charlene also helped numerous residents work through the red tape of the Federal Government for services ranging from Social Security to agriculture programs. She also served in a similar capacity for Congressman Raul Grijalva. Her vast experience led her to becoming a consultant for a software company that produced a Constituent Management System for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Charlene later served Governor Janet Napolitano as a liaison for the Arizona Department of Environment Quality in Yuma County. In this capacity she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as its counterpart in the Republic of Mexico, to ensure that the air and water in Southwestern Arizona remained safe while ensuring that businesses faced minimal impact.

As an educator Charlene decided to make an impact outside of the classroom by being elected to Yuma Union High School District Governing Board, serving as president and vice president. On the board, she became an outspoken advocate for students while working with staff to ensure fair conditions — she advocated for the cafeteria workers during a time when their concerns were not being taken under consideration. Charlene worked with budget experts to ensure that physical education teachers and registered nurses continued to provide their services, which were critically needed in their schools.

As a community-minded citizen, Charlene devotes time to local charities serving on boards and lending her experience to their challenges.

Charlene and her husband, Sergio, have three children: Brian, Carlye, and Lisa. She lives with her husband in central Yuma less than two miles from where she was raised.


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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2057 C STO scholarships; beneficiary recommendations
HB2058 C STO credit cap; growth trigger
HB2059 P* STO aggregate credit cap; freeze.
HB2060 C STO scholarships; means testing
HB2061 C STOs; administrative cost allocation
HB2062 C STO cap; general fund percentage
HB2063 C STO scholarships; student transfers
HB2081 C schools; compulsory attendance age; increase
HB2082 C schools; daily recess time
HB2083 C schools; overrides; ballot language
HB2101 C private prison contractors; public records
HB2102 C private prison security officers; certification
HB2103 C private prison study committee
HB2104 C ivory; rhinoceros horn; sales; prohibition
HB2140 C Arizona silver-haired legislature
HB2141 C DHS; state food standards
HB2142 C foster parents; training
HB2148 C public safety; violence prevention; committee
HB2183 C lifetime limit; cash assistance
HB2184 C at-risk youth; career, college readiness
HB2223 C child care waiting list; appropriation
HB2227 C legislators; mileage rate
HB2266 C cash assistance; lifetime limit
HB2277 C national popular vote; interstate agreement
HB2278 C motor vehicle title loans; prohibition
HB2292 C voting rights; restoration; felonies.
HB2312 C criminal history; hiring practices; limitation
HB2323 C critical health information; emergency responders
HB2327 C repeal; right to work.
HB2328 C corporate income tax rate; freeze
HB2336 C end-of-life decisions; terminally ill
HB2341 C national guard; deployment; professional licenses See Vote
HB2342 C veterans' services; benefits counselors; appropriation
HB2343 C dual language education; study committee
HB2344 C state board; community colleges
HB2345 C study; state board; community colleges
HB2347 C employment omnibus
HB2364 C employment; housing; public accommodations; antidiscrimination.
HB2383 C state finance review; task force.
HB2384 C consular identification cards; prohibition; repeal.
HB2391 C appropriation; JTEDs; 9th grade
HB2393 C noncertificated school employees; due process
HB2401 C health care providers; religious beliefs
HB2407 C appropriation; counties; essential services
HB2414 C wage disclosure; employee rights
HB2424 P* mitigation monies; school bus fleets
HB2425 P* appropriation; highway user revenue fund
HB2426 P* community health workers; voluntary certification.
HB2427 P* misconduct involving weapons; firearm storage
HB2428 C prisoners; earned release credits
HB2429 C abortion; admitting privileges; repeal
HB2439 C home health aides; qualifications
HB2441 C aggregate STO credit cap; freeze
HB2442 C AHCCCS; dental care; pregnant women
HB2446 C contracting; investments; prohibition; border wall
HB2455 C appropriation; untested sexual assault kits
HB2456 C presidential candidates, electors; tax returns.
HB2474 C veterans; mental health courts; establishment
HB2478 C TPT; Indian tribes; motor vehicles
HB2479 C AHCCCS; waivers; tribal exemptions
HB2487 C lottery distributions; teacher salary increases
HB2489 C online impersonation; offense
HB2490 C liquor licenses; municipalities; disapproval
HB2505 C appropriation; adult protective services
HB2519 C appropriation; child care subsidy program
HB2531 C clean elections; county candidates
HB2532 C state-owned bank task force
HB2535 C concurrent criminal jurisdiction; Goldwater range
HCM2004 C urging Congress; affordable care act
HCR2008 C education finance; excise tax rates
HCR2015 C right to work; repeal.
HCR2016 C care enough; get in way
HCR2017 C schools; English language requirement; repeal.
HCR2021 C suicide prevention month
HCR2024 P* Latina-owned businesses; support
HR2003 C Arizona aerospace day
SB1126 C schools; prohibited courses; repeal.
SB1337 C industrial hemp; licensing
SB1518 C death penalty; repeal
SB1519 C repeal; right to work
SCM1013 C urging Congress; affordable care act.
SCR1004 C death resolution; Gus Arzberger
SCR1005 C death resolution; George Lemen
SCR1006 C death resolution; M. Lee Allison
SCR1007 C death resolution; John Hays
SCR1008 C death resolution; Rick Lavis
SCR1022 C Lions clubs; centennial anniversary; recognition
SCR1025 C Latina-owned businesses; support.
SCR1030 C right to work; repeal
SCR1031 C Chicano history week
SCR1032 C prevention of violence; support
SCR1034 C death resolution; Eleanor Ann Day


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