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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-third Legislature - First Regular Session

Lela Alston

District 24

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 330
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5829
Fax Number: (602)

Personal Information:

Home City: Phoenix
Occupation: Teacher
House Member: 2011-present
Senate Member: 1977-1995

Representative Lela Alston is a native Arizonan and a proud product of our state's public education system, from kindergarten to graduate school. She has been a steadfast advocate for public schools, improving the welfare of children and families, and the equity of civil rights for all Arizonans throughout her career as a teacher and lawmaker.

In 2017, Representative Alston began her 25th year in the Arizona State Legislature. From 1977 through 1995, Representative Alston served as an Arizona State Senate; she was a member of the Appropriations Committee throughout her years in that chamber. She also served on the Education, Rules, Government, Commerce, Labor, Judiciary and Transportation Committees, and was part of the Senate Democratic Leadership team for 14 years. At the encouragement of Arizona legislators and community advocates, Representative Alston ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010; she won that election and is now in her fourth term representing Legislative District 24 — Central Phoenix and South Scottsdale.

Representative Alston is one of Arizona's most respected champions of public education. She has been a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board since 2008 and severed as Board President in 2015 and 2016; she also taught in the district for over 34 years. Representative Alston was an instrumental voice in the planning of the ASU West Campus and she spearheaded the efforts to establish Metro Tech High School's licensed primary care facility in partnership with Banner Health Care.

Representative Alston is the recipient of numerous awards throughout the years. She is most proud of being honored with the 2015 O'Connor Institute Statesman of the Year Award, being recognized as an Honorary State Firefighter, receiving the Girl Scouts 2002 World of Children Award and the naming of Lela Alston Elementary School in the Isaac School District.

Representative Alston currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, Appropriations Sub-committee on Education, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Joint Committee on Capital Review.

Accessible and affordable public education that prepares Arizona's young people for 21st Century careers, improving the lives of children and families and defending the civil rights of all of Arizona's citizens continue to be her priorities as a state legislator.

Representative Alston is the mother of 2 and the grandmother of 6 exceptional young people. She is the proud owner of a 1929 Normandy revival home in downtown Phoenix and a 1956 pink Thunderbird convertible—two projects that keep her busy during her spare time.


Committee Assignments
Appropriations Member Click Here Click Here
Education Member Click Here Click Here
Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2071 C workforce training; unemployed workers
HB2074 C appropriation; fairgrounds; preservation; historic buildings
HB2081 C schools; compulsory attendance age; increase
HB2082 C schools; daily recess time
HB2083 C schools; overrides; ballot language
HB2099 C ADOT licenses; authorized presence repeal
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
HB2147 C experienced teacher retention pilot program
HB2148 C public safety; violence prevention; committee
HB2149 C mental health; injunction; firearm possession
HB2183 C lifetime limit; cash assistance
HB2184 C at-risk youth; career, college readiness
HB2222 P* public school tax credit; expansion
HB2223 P* child care waiting list; appropriation
HB2224 P* housing trust fund; unclaimed property
HB2263 C education excise tax rates
HB2264 C environment; citizen suits
HB2265 C clean power; state plan; standards
HB2266 C cash assistance; lifetime limit
HB2277 C national popular vote; interstate agreement
HB2278 C motor vehicle title loans; prohibition
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
HB2346 C erroneous convictions; civil action
HB2347 C employment omnibus
HB2364 C employment; housing; public accommodations; antidiscrimination.
HB2383 C state finance review; task force.
HB2390 C postsecondary education; loan information
HB2393 P* noncertificated school employees; due process
HB2420 C diaper changing stations; public restrooms
HB2424 C mitigation monies; school bus fleets
HB2426 C community health workers; voluntary certification.
HB2427 C misconduct involving weapons; firearm storage
HB2428 C prisoners; earned release credits
HB2429 C abortion; admitting privileges; repeal
HB2439 C home health aides; qualifications
HB2442 C AHCCCS; dental care; pregnant women
HB2443 C auditor general; charter schools.
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
HB2489 C online impersonation; offense
HB2502 C joint select commission on corrections.
HB2503 C criminal justice commission; membership; report.
HB2505 P* appropriation; adult protective services
HB2518 C procurement; veterans; Arizona bidders; preference
HB2519 C appropriation; child care subsidy program
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 C Latina-owned businesses; support
HR2003 C Arizona aerospace day
SB1099 C school safety program
SB1382 C employment discrimination; prohibition
SCR1018 C speech and debate education day
SCR1034 C death resolution; Eleanor Ann Day


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