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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-second Legislature - First Regular Session
 
 
  Olivia Cajero Bedford

Olivia Cajero Bedford

Democrat
District 3

Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 314
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5835
Fax Number: (602) 417-3262

 

Personal Information:

Home City: Tucson
Occupation:
Senator
House Member: 2003-2010
Senate Member: 2011-present
Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford was well versed with state politics long before Tucson citizens honored her by electing her to serve in the Arizona Legislature. She served eight years as a State Representative to her constituents and in 2010, she won the Senate seat.

She grew up in a political family that placed a high value on public service. Understanding the importance of public service, Senator Cajero Bedford became the second generation in her family to represent southern Arizonans at the state Capitol. She provided her parents, Rep. Bernardo “Nayo” Cajero and Rep. Carmen Cajero, with advice on important votes during the 28 years they served in the Arizona House of Representatives. She urged her parents to ensure that high school students receive free text books and that the state provide funding to establish the University of Arizona Cancer Research Center.

Before having the opportunity to serve Tucsonans at the state level, Senator Cajero Bedford was a business owner and a director of sales and marketing for the tourism/hotel industry. Years of business experience make her a strong advocate of small companies and economic development.

Since taking office in 2003, Senator Cajero Bedford has fought to defend a woman’s right to choose. This issue is important to her and remains at the top of her list each session.

Senator Cajero Bedford is a graduate of the Council of State Governments’ Legislative Academy. She has been involved with a number of civic organizations over the years including the Girl Scouts, Arizona Tourism Advisory Council, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Women in Government and National Conference of State Legislatures.

Increasing career and technical education in high school curriculum has been one of her goals for her tenure in the legislature. Senator Cajero Bedford works with high schools in her district to help teachers coordinate school field trips to the Legislature to improve students’ understanding of government and expand on what they have learned in the classroom. It is her wish that as a result, one of these students will then start to think about a career in politics.

She was honored, that the Arizona Medical Association, in 2007 awarded her with the "Walk the Talk" award. In addition, was honored among the 2007 Tech 10 Legislators at the Fifth Annual Governor's Celebration of Innovation, The Victoria Foundation in 2010. She and her mother, Carmen were honored by Latina Perspectives Magazine with the Latina Trailblazers award in 2011.

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Committee Assignments
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Rules Member Click Here Click Here

 

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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
 
HB2517 P internet crimes against children; fund
HB2520 C appropriation; grants; reading-intensive programs
HB2642 P provisional community colleges; workforce development
HCR2031 P Citizens United decision; repeal
HCR2039 P death resolution; Bill Badger
SB1068 P additional classroom time for kindergartners
SB1076 P teacher student loan program; appropriation
SB1126 P schools; daily organized physical activity
SB1127 C foster children; educational requirements
SB1128 P adoption; married couple; preference
SB1129 P financial disclosure; model legislation; lobbying
SB1156 P election and ethics commission; duties
SB1157 C voting rights; restoration; felonies
SB1207 P campaign finance disclosures; corporations; entities
SB1209 C independent expenditures; corporations; unions; audit
SB1231 C state employees; meet and confer
SB1234 P noncertificated school employees; due process
SB1251 C tax rate reductions; suspension
SB1269 P firearms; background checks; release conditions
SB1285 C job training; stipends; STEM; internships See Vote
SB1288 C prescription drug coverage; medication synchronization
SB1307 P* claim; notice; public entity; exception
SB1308 P* return to work program
SB1364 C provisional ballots; tally; verification.
SB1399 P TANF benefits; dependent children
SB1403 C consumer lawsuit loans; prohibition
SB1441 C official state metal; copper
SB1450 C securities registration; exemption; website operators
  (NOW: banks; insuring organization
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SCM1007 C comprehensive immigration reform; urging Congress
SCR1010 P Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution
SCR1020 P Mayor John Driggs; death resolution

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