top border
border border
Arizona State Legislature
Capitol Roof picture
Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Brenda Barton

Brenda Barton

District 6

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 111
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4129
Fax Number: (602) 417-3010

Personal Information:
Home City: Payson
Occupation: Retired, City of Safford Accounting & Materials Management
Member Since: 2011
Born in Safford, Arizona, Representative Barton is a fifth generation native of rural eastern Arizona. In 1871, her great-great grandfather established the first crossing on the Colorado River. In 1880, the family settled in Lee Valley near Greer in the White Mountains. Allen F. Smithson, her maternal great-great grandfather rests in the Lebanon cemetery just west of the family’s historic homestead in Artesia where Representative Barton spent her early years.

In the late 1980s, she began her career in public service with the City of Safford. During the end of her tenure with the City of Safford, Rep. Barton led a group of employees in writing the City of Safford’s Vision Statement. It was subsequently adopted by the City Council.

By the mid-1990s, public events drew her into political activism and she became an elected officer of People for the West, a land rights group. Representative Barton is a veteran of the Sage-Brush Rebellion that swept the Western Lands States from the 1970s into the 1990s.

Political experience: Graduate, Western Legislative Academy; AZ director, Women in Government; Region III director, AZ Federation of Republican Women; 2009 graduate, Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series; 2008 delegate to the AZ State Republican Convention; precinct committeewoman; president, Graham County Republican Women; legislative chairwoman, Graham County Republican Woman; secretary, People for the West, Graham County Chapter; secretary, Legislative District 8 (Cochise & Graham Counties).

Memberships: Nat’l Council of State Legislators, Heartland Institute, American Legislative Exchange Council, AZ Citizens Defense League, AZ Federation of Republican Women.

Political influence: There isn’t a single individual, rather a mosaic of characters and individuals who have contributed to my continuing evolution as a political professional.

Job creation measures: The role of the government is not to create jobs, rather to facilitate a business environment in which job creation may flourish. To that end, we should consider reducing the burden of unnecessary regulations on business and ensure a well-educated and prepared workforce inventory.

Top Issues: Building a strong state economy coupled with the conservation of our quality of life in Arizona.

Representative Barton resides with her husband Bruce in the beautiful rim country of Payson, Arizona. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.


Committee Assignments
Agriculture and Water Chairman Click Here Click Here
Transportation Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
Bill NumberSort By Bill Number
Sponsor TypeSort By Sponsor Type
Short TitleSort By Short Title
Final Vote
HB2125 P* technical correction; occupational safety; exemption
  (NOW: property tax levy; community colleges
See Vote
HB2136 P firefighter and EMT memorial
HB2163 P* technical correction; open pit mining
HB2170 P stopped school buses; lights See Vote
HB2200 P county fire department; authorization
HB2204 P law enforcement; surviving spouse; insurance
HB2217 C extraordinary educators special plates
HB2234 C firearm; definition
HB2338 P regional water augmentation authorities
HB2339 P* winemakers; alternating proprietors
HB2340 P* technical correction; abandoned vehicles; monies
HB2341 P* board of technical registration; exemptions See Vote
HB2346 P rural electric cooperatives; valuation
  (NOW: valuation; rural electric cooperatives
HB2348 P foster home licensure; immunizations.
HB2352 C AHCCCS; expansion; prohibition
HB2354 C AHCCCS; childless adults; services; prohibition
HB2358 C insurance; licensees; continuing education requirements See Vote
HB2391 P income tax exemption; veterans' pensions
HB2438 P paycheck deductions; public employers
HB2439 P income tax brackets; inflation index
HB2455 P* unclaimed property; firearms; disposition
HB2470 C veterans; job opportunities; award
HB2471 C CDL holders; defensive driving school
HB2472 C pupils; chronic health problems; absences
HB2473 C food vendors; state certification
HB2477 C photo radar on state highways See Vote
HB2484 C veterans; hiring preference; tax credit
HB2485 C health and safety audit privilege See Vote
HB2498 P property tax levy; community colleges
HB2573 C prohibited governmental compliance; 2012 NDAA
HB2574 C drone surveillance; prohibition; exceptions
HB2576 C convention; delegates; limitations; oath
HB2578 C licensing; accountability; penalties; exceeding regulation
HB2579 C photo radar prohibition
HB2588 C interstate compact; health care
HB2616 C data centers
HB2617 C school tuition organizations; preapproval; entities See Vote
HB2654 C full-time students; hunting licenses
HB2657 C transaction privilege tax changes
HCM2003 C copper mining; support
HCM2004 C veterans' home; tribal lands
HCM2005 C federal government; fiscal responsibility
HCM2008 C PFC Servin; medal of honor
HCR2014 C health care exchange; prohibition
HCR2015 C AHCCCS; expansion; prohibition
HCR2016 C AHCCCS; childless adults; prohibition
HCR2022 C convention; amendments; balanced federal budget
HCR2034 C Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 C recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 C Boy Scouts of America
SB1057 C AHCCCS; ambulance services; rates
SB1092 P cotton research and protection council
SB1127 C agricultural employment relations board; continuation
SB1143 C golf course pesticide license; fee
SB1157 C grain research council; continuation
SB1273 C alcohol; drug abuse; courts; treatment
SB1274 C elections; early ballots; return deadline
SB1275 C ballots; presidential electors
SB1276 C elections; postings; mail balloting; amendments
SB1282 P countywide fire districts
  (NOW: countywide fire districts; study committee
SB1283 C county boundary change; study committee
SB1284 C county general excise tax rate
SB1290 C office of pest management
SB1293 C schools; pilot; outcome-based funding
SB1295 C schools; current-year funding
SB1322 C assured water supply requirements; exemption
SB1363 C empowerment scholarship accounts; expansion; funding
SB1439 P legal tender
SB1443 C marijuana; postsecondary education; medical research
SB1453 C witness testimony; qualified immunity
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SB1464 C mining advisory council; membership
SB1465 C solid waste facilities; general permit
SCR1016 C rejection of unconstitutional federal actions
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 P death resolution; Bill Konopnicki


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