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Fiftieth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Paula Aboud

Paula Aboud
Minority Whip

District 28

1700 W. Washington
Room 314
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5262
Fax Number: (602) 926-3429

Personal Information:
Home City: Tucson
Occupation: Semi-Retired; property manager
Member Since: 2006
Legislative Achievements:

Senator Aboud has served in the Senate since Jan. 2006 in the seat vacated by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She serves on three standing committees: as the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, the Finance Committee and the Health Committee . She has previously served on the Education Committee, the Higher Education Committee, and Commerce and Economic Development Committees. In addition, she serves on the JCCR and JLBC Committees, the Joint Committee on Capitol Review and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

Aboudís passionate efforts to stop the Flat Income Tax legislation in 2011 inspired her to sponsor numerous educational forums across Southern Arizona, in Tucson and in rural Arizona. She helped educate and empower the voters to contact their legislators who have now changed their position on the bill. The advocacy of the citizens has stopped the flat tax legislation. And Senator Aboudís actions have saved 88% of Arizonans from having their income taxes increased.

In 2009 Senator Aboud was selected as one of two legislators out of 90 to serve on the Making Opportunity Affordable Grant Team that has worked with the regents, business community, universities & community colleges to consult on a Lumina Foundation Grant to bring more affordable baccalaureate degrees to Arizona to meet the demand for a more educated workforce. The grant inspired the vision for the recommended changes that the Arizona Board of Regents is suggesting for implementation system-wide.


Senator Aboud graduated from Tucson High School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Arizona with a major in English. Upon completion of master-level education courses, she taught English and coached state championship teams at Rincon High School in Tucson for seven years.

Aboud is a trained mediator through the American Arbitration Association and is a trained Life Coach from the Coaches Training Institute of Berkeley, California.

Professional Experience:

Senator Aboud worked as a high school English teacher at Rincon High School in Tucson, Arizona, for years while coaching the volleyball teams and the girlsí tennis teams. Upon retiring, and pursuing a family love of real estate, she became a licensed real estate agent in Arizona and specialized in residential properties. When the opportunity arose to resume her coaching career at a higher level, Aboud became a college tennis and squash coach at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for 7 years. A family illness prompted her return to Tucson where she assumed the role of property manager for her family-owned property management business, a position she continues to hold today.

Political Experience: Senator Aboud has served on her neighborhood board and she co-founded the Ward III Neighbors coalition of neighborhoods. She helped to rebuild the Democrats of Greater Tucson serving as their president for 3 years. Simultaneously, she worked to help rebuild the Pima County Democratic Party, serving as vice-chair of the County Party and vice-chair of her legislative district, as well as serving on several county committees. In 2006, she was selected to replace Senator Gabby Giffords when GIffords resigned to run for Congress, and Senator Aboud has served for the last 7 years and is term-ed out in 2012.

Skills & Training that Senator Aboud brings to the Legislature

As a graduate of the University of Arizona and a third-generation Tucsonan, I am committed to improving the quality of life for Arizona residents and especially for Southern Arizonans. I love my community. My family has lived in Arizona for over 100 years and we are 3 generations of small business owners. As a former Rincon High School teacher and coach, I am a strong advocate in support of a better-funded public education system for our childrenís futures. I support better university funding, stand up for the needs of women and children, and advocate to maintain services for our seniors. Iíve stopped the flat tax, Iíve been part of the team that defeated the payday lending industry and advocated passionately for reasonable approaches to tax policy. My business background and sound fiscal advocacy were assets that served me well while negotiating the state budget in 2008. Having listened to small business owners across my district who are desperate for better trained workers, I have sponsored legislation (2012) to institute a jobs training program that assists the worker, the state and the employer while creating a trained workforce. I love helping my constituents and my small businesses. And I love serving my district. >


Committee Assignments
Appropriations Member Click Here Click Here
Finance Member Click Here Click Here
Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2548 C medical helicopters; nontrauma patients; guidelines
HB2557 C sales tax on medical marijuana
HB2559 P reporting violent behavior; government entities
HB2564 P sales tax; pipes and valves
HB2607 P transplant services; AHCCCS.
HB2684 C child prostitution; sentencing
HB2711 P prohibited weapon; high capacity magazine.
SB1079 C law enforcement; surviving spouses; insurance
SB1101 P protest activity; prohibition.
SB1131 C tribal airports; state aviation fund
SB1132 P native American tribes; revenue sharing.
SB1155 P electronic; digital devices; stalking; threatening
SB1156 C grand jury proceedings; electronic recording.
SB1202 C definition of dangerous drugs; synthetic.
SB1204 C trash collection; multifamily housing
SB1235 C law enforcement officers; disciplinary procedures See Vote
SB1236 P license plates; special
SB1237 C energy authority of Arizona
SB1247 P sexually violent persons; hearings
SB1262 P Arizona centennial special plates See Vote
SB1266 C Arizona veteran supportive campuses
SB1267 C legislative committee; state; Indian nations
SB1304 C homeowners' associations; assessments; vote
SB1310 C security; legislature; funding
SB1366 C medical malpractice; liability waivers
SB1382 P* homeopathic physicians; use of title
SB1383 P* AHCCCS; transplants; restoration
SB1384 P* charter schools; financial documentation
SB1385 P* health insurance; unfair discrimination; gender
SB1386 P* WICHE student loans; repayment
SB1450 P* reporting violent behavior; government entities.
SB1464 C private prison contractors; public records.
  (NOW: false reporting; vulnerable adult abuse
SB1517 P animal abuse; reporting
SCR1009 P honoring Hopi code talkers
SCR1061 C Mitch Menlove; death resolution
SR1003 P Dorwan Stoddard; death resolution
SR1004 P Gabe Zimmerman; death resolution
SR1005 P Phyllis Schneck; death resolution
SR1006 P Christina Taylor Green; death resolution
SR1007 P Dorothy Morris; death resolution
SR1008 P Honorable John Roll; death resolution
SR1011 C national day of the cowboy
SR1013 C Lloyd Oliver; death resolution


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