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Forty-ninth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Phil Lopes

Phil Lopes

District 27

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 330
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3278
Fax Number: (602) 417-3127


Personal Information:

Home City: Tucson
Member Since:
January 2003

Phil Lopes (low-pus) came to Tucson in 1969 to help establish Pima Community College. He planned and implemented the College’s first continuing education, extension, and community services programs and taught Anthropology and Community Development classes.

Phil is locally and nationally known for his work in public health, a field he entered in 1973 following his years at PCC. He is widely known as founder and member of the board of the Arizona Health Care Campaign and other organizations dedicated to the establishment of a system providing affordable health care for all Arizonans. He was a leader of the Tucson/Pima County Community Profile. As the interim Executive Director of El Pueblo Clinic (2000-2001), he is credited with saving the financially ailing Southside health institution that serves poor and uninsured area residents.

During his tenure as a senior manager at the Arizona Department of Health Services, he was responsible for the distribution of the Tobacco Tax funds earmarked for services to uninsured people. Before joining the Department of Health, he was Senior Lecturer in Community Medicine and Assistant Director of the Rural Health Office of the UA College of Medicine. He is a founding faculty member of the UA College of Public Health and has taught at the University of Phoenix since 1981.

Phil was the Executive Director of the Health Systems Agency of Southeastern Arizona from 1981-1987, and prior to that held senior administrative positions with the Arizona Health Foundation, which provided health care to low income families and individuals, and with Visiting Nurse Association Home Health Services.

The Peace Corps in early 1960’s gave him his first opportunity for public service. He was among the first 25 persons selected, working for two years in Colombia in 1961-1963, and as staff in Brazil 1963-1965. Later, he returned from Tucson for Peace Corps duty from 1976-1981 as Country Director for Ecuador and then as Co-Director with his wife Pam for Brazil. Phil speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

Other community activities have included membership on the Independent Citizens Committee, responsible for review of the TUSD court-ordered desegregation, Board member of the Arizona Public Health Association and of the Southern Chapter of the Arizona Civil Liberties Union.

Born in California in 1941, Phil received his B.A. in Latin American Studies at UCLA, and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin. He and Pam (who he met in the Peace Corps), married for 39 years, have two adult sons and one granddaughter. They have lived in the same house on the west side of Tucson since 1970.


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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2158 P adult immunization information system
HB2186 P* hospitals; patient protection; nurses' rights
HB2188 P* health security act.
HB2189 P* prisoners; medical parole
HB2205 C behavioral health; task force
HB2337 C energy standards; buildings; contracting
  (NOW: energy efficient buildings
HB2338 C energy; fuels; idling
HB2349 C agricultural composting definition
HB2489 P healthcare group; small employers; eligibility
HB2491 C healthcare group; sole proprietors
HB2495 C in-state tuition; veterans
HB2521 C university tuition; fund sweeps; prohibition
HB2528 C preexisting condition exclusion; pregnancy
HB2585 P employer sanctions; technical correction
HB2586 P* fuel taxes; amount; annual adjustment
HB2587 P* petition circulators; signature payment prohibited
HB2588 P* insurance; adult children; continued coverage
HB2589 P* employment security; amount of benefits
HB2596 C disabled employees; employer harassment
HB2600 C assessment ratio freeze; class one
HB2601 C foreclosures; limitation; affidavit
HB2606 C civil rights; discrimination; employment
HCM2007 C self-employed individuals; mortgages
HCR2036 C supporting the citizens of Iran
HR2001 C David Hurt; death resolution
SB1212 C central state repository; hate crimes
SB1213 C employer communications; religious; political beliefs.
SB1214 C procurement services; outsourcing prohibited.
SB1215 C right to work.
SB1216 C public employees; collective bargaining.
SB1217 C health care business; consumer information..
SB1227 C hazardous substances; insurance.
SB1228 C prescription marketing costs; full disclosure
SB1229 C prescriptions; confidentiality
SB1230 C sale of prescription records; prohibition
SB1330 C special health care districts; terms
SB1410 C schools; harassment; bullying; protected classes.
SB1411 C seat belt violations
SCR1021 C collective bargaining.
SCR1022 C equal rights amendment; ratification


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