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Forty-eighth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Pete Hershberger

Pete Hershberger

District 26

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 112
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5839
Fax Number: (602) 417-3026


Personal Information:

Home City:Tucson
Administrator, Open Inn, Inc.
Member Since:
January 2001

Birthdate: 6/4/49

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Martial Status: Single

Length of residence in Arizona: 53 years

Occupation: Administrator, Open Inn, Inc.

Education: M. ED. University of Arizona 1977
B.A. Colorado College 1971

Political affiliation and offices held: Republican, Precinct Committeeman 1988-2003

Business or professional career: Certified Professional Counselor 1991 to present, Small business owner, New Columbus, Inc. 1977 to 1999, Director, New Columbus, Inc.

Administrator, Open Inn, Inc. 1999 to present

Lodges, societies, additional information: Rotary Club of Tucson 1991 to present. Pima County Representative, State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona 1998-2000.

Religious Preference: Episcopalian

Ethnic Origin: Caucasian

Pete Hershberger served his first term in the Arizona House of Representatives in 2001-2002, becoming the first person in the history of the State of Arizona to follow both of his parents into the same seat. With redistricting District 12 became District 26, essentially the same district in which a Hershberger has served in the House for four decades.

Pete firmly established himself in his own right in his first term. Utilizing his extensive experience in education, business, juvenile justice and child welfare he has become a leader and a common sense voice in the House of Representatives. Pete pledged in his campaign to work with both Republicans and Democrats alike to solve the very real problems faced by the State of Arizona. He has done just that and in doing so, has become a leader in pushing for opening up the legislative process.

In his second term Pete continued to establish himself as a leader. In addition to chairing the Human Services Committee, Pete founded and became Co-chair of the Children’s Caucus. The caucus successfully supported children’s issues and programs in the tough budget cutting process resulting in the ’04 Budget.

Pete grew up in northwest Tucson. He attended Harelson Elementary the first year it opened in 1960 and began his political career at age 15 in 1964 campaigning for Barry Goldwater for President. He graduated from Amphitheater High School in 1967, earned his Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in 1971 and a Master of Education from the University of Arizona in Counseling and Guidance in 1977.

Pete worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections with juveniles from 1972 to 1977 and was co-founder and co-owner of New Columbus, Inc. from 1977-99, working with delinquent and abused children and their families. As a small business owner, he learned the importance of small business to the well being of the community. He dealt with making payroll and government regulations while providing a service to the community. He has been certified by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Certified Professional Counselor since 1991 and he is currently an Administrator for Open Inn, Inc., a non-profit service organization in Tucson working with youth and their families since 1974. Pete has over twenty-five years of valuable experience in contracting, budgeting and provision of service to state agencies, including the Department of Economic Security, Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Juvenile Corrections and Department of Health Services.

In 1998 Governor Hull appointed Pete to serve as the Pima County representative on the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona, which provides governance and oversight for the state’s Community College system. He served three years prior to his election to the legislature. He was a member of the Board’s legislative committee and gained extensive and valuable knowledge of our state’s Community College system in workforce development and training our citizens to gain better paying jobs.

In the community, Pete has been active in the Rotary Club of Tucson since 1991 including two years on their Board of Directors. He has been a Precinct Committeeman for 13 years and was given a Copper Certificate Award by the United Way for service to the community. Pete was also a member of the Leadership 2000 class of Greater Tucson Leadership and a member of the 2001 class of the Southwest Leadership Program for State and Local Government.

Currently Representative Hershberger is Chairman of the Human Services committee. He is also a member of the Commerce & Military Affairs Committee and the Federal Mandates and Property Rights Committee. He is Co-Chairman of the Children’s Caucus. Additionally, he is Co-Chair of the Adoption and Foster Care System, Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Child Protective Services and Related Child Welfare Issues and Co-Chair of the Child Support Enforcement Subcommittee.

Pete Hershberger has established himself as hard working, respected member of the House of Representatives. Utilizing his Republican principles, he has advocated for education, children’s rights, business rights and opening the legislative process to public scrutiny and participation.

In February 2002 Pete’s efforts and leadership in children’s issues was recognized through his appointment to the new Children’s Policy Initiative Advisory Board. The Children’s Policy Initiative was established by the National Conference of State Legislatures to assist states in developing effective children’s policy, in addition to working with the federal government to advise and help shape federal policy and spending. Pete is one of only twelve legislators nationwide to receive this appointment.







Committee Assignments
Education (K-12) Member Click Here Click Here
Human Services Chairman Click Here Click Here
Public Institutions and Retirement Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2130 C child passenger booster seats
HB2156 C folic acid information; appropriation
HB2211 P* children; temporary court orders
HB2212 P* sibling information exchange program
HB2213 P* special education; school year
HB2214 P* domestic relations; social security numbers
HB2220 P procurement code; exemption
HB2246 P* employment security; appeals board
HB2247 P* TANF; diversion program; sanctions See Vote
HB2248 P* title IV-D services; fee See Vote
HB2249 P* child support enforcement See Vote
HB2250 P* domestic relations; child support; committees See Vote
HB2251 P* child support committee; membership
  (NOW: special education; school year
See Vote
HB2289 P* child abuse prevention; technical correction
HB2290 P JTED campuses; bonds
HB2306 P feral honeybees; public nuisance
HB2307 C prime contracting deduction; university improvements
HB2308 P appropriations; border county costs
HB2317 P state board; community colleges
  (NOW: community colleges; legal opinions; timelines
HB2328 P county graffiti abatement See Vote
HB2339 C peace officers' training fund
HB2340 C inmate labor; compensation
HB2341 C prisoner medical treatment; costs
HB2342 C unlawful sexual conduct involving prisoners See Vote
HB2364 P* university deposits; technical correction
HB2365 P* universities; technology fund; technical correction
HB2366 P* postsecondary education scholarships; technical correction
HB2372 P* community notification; juveniles
HB2373 C high schools; nutrition standards
HB2374 C schools; mathematics achievement grants
HB2375 C schools; exercise and fitness programs
HB2376 C schools; personalized learning plans
HB2386 C unlawful employment practices; penalties
HB2486 C county improvement districts; roads
  (NOW: county road districts; alternate government
See Vote
HB2488 C drought emergency groundwater transfers
HB2489 C special district amendments See Vote
HB2493 C energy production; tax credits
HB2494 C energy; water; savings loan fund
HB2495 C schools; energy performance standards
HB2496 C schools; energy and water savings
  (NOW: schools; energy and water efficiency
HB2497 C public buildings; energy savings goals
HB2539 P regulations; payday loans
HB2541 P insurance; mental health coverage; parity
HB2575 P property classification; bed and breakfast
HB2584 P* integrated family court; appropriation; extension
HB2587 P in-home care providers study committee See Vote
HB2590 C minor passengers; vehicle cargo sections
HB2591 P school districts; registered nurses
HB2594 P* domestic relations; support judgments; interest
HB2596 C political campaigns; no call list
HB2599 P human remains
HB2601 P graduated driver licenses
HB2613 C kindergarten; full-time students
HB2627 C income tax deadlines
  (NOW: prime contracting; property owners
See Vote
HB2635 P* deployed military; custodial rights
  (NOW: custodial rights; deployed military
See Vote
HB2638 C local energy plans See Vote
HB2660 C liquor; drinking age; definition
HB2668 C lot splits; military bases; prohibition
HB2676 C tobacco products; storage and display
HB2684 C state employees; living donor leave
HB2685 P rape victims; pregnancy prevention
HB2687 P rates; child care assistance
HB2688 P vehicle restraint violations; enforcement
HB2690 C clean elections; amendments See Vote
HB2701 P Arizona twenty-first century fund
HB2704 P pediatric early childhood literacy
HB2714 C teacher certification; proficiency exam reciprocity
HB2719 C border regional port authority See Vote
HB2727 C AHCCCS; healthcare group; waiting period
HB2745 C criminal justice commission; membership.
HB2771 P* professional education standards board
HCR2041 C military bases; expressing support See Vote
HCR2044 C health care decisions week
HCR2050 C fallen soldiers; unauthorized use
HR2001 C state aviation day.
SB1108 C African-American affairs; commission
SB1110 C kinship foster care; grandparents; appropriation
SB1111 C foster care; age limit; extension
SB1112 C toxic fire response
SB1347 P teenage driver safety act
SB1356 P marriage; dissolution; community property
SB1357 P dissolution of marriage; attorney fees
SB1358 P marriage; property; debts
SB1442 C school districts; unemployment compensation fund
SB1468 C sentencing; misdemeanors involving hate.
SB1487 P schools; special education weights; increase
SB1488 P dental care coverage; appropriations
SB1549 C public safety radio communications; liability
SB1558 C appropriations; university medical programs.
SB1561 P AHCCCS; physician recruitment fund
SB1564 C wildland-urban interface code; enforcement
SB1567 C pseudoephedrine
SB1569 C school teachers; minimum salary
SB1606 P civil process service; fees


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