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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Albert Hale

Albert Hale

District 7

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 129
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4323
Fax Number: (602) 417-3160

Personal Information:
Home City: St. Michaels
Occupation: Attorney
Member Since: 2004
Arizona House of Representatives:
1700 West Washington, Ste H
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Ph: (602) 926-4323
Fax: (602) 417-3160
Hale Law Firm:
Post Office Box 40
St. Michaels, AZ 86511
Ph: (928) 871-4559
Fax: (928) 871-4560
Albert A. Hale, aka “Ahbihay”, served in the Arizona State Senate from January 2004 to January 2011. He was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in November 2010. He currently serves on the House Rules Committee, Judiciary Committee, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee and on the Legislative Council. He represents the Arizona State Legislature on the National Conference of State Legislators’ Nuclear Working Group and is a member of the Native American Caucus of the National Conference of State Legislators. He is the one of the organizers of the Arizona State Legislature’s Native American Caucus.

Representative Hale served as the President of the Navajo Nation from 1995 to 1998. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation and as Special Counsel to the Navajo Nation Council. He served as a Judge Pro Temp for the Laguna Tribal Courts, Laguna Pueblo, Laguna, New Mexico.

He served as the Chairman of the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, a Commission established to oversee and coordinate the Navajo Nation’s water rights and related litigation and negotiation efforts. During his tenure on the Commission, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation negotiated the San Juan River Basin Water Right Settlement Agreement. The Settlement Agreement was signed on April 19, 2005 and subsequently approved by the United States Congress.

Representative Hale has a private law practice with offices located in St. Michaels, Arizona. He represents Navajo and non-Navajo clients in federal, state and various Indian Nations courts including Navajo Nation courts. His clientele include the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority (an enterprise of the Navajo Nation) and companies doing business on the Navajo Nation.

He is a member of the New Mexico State Bar Association and the Navajo Nation Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal Courts, New Mexico State Courts, the Navajo Nation Courts, and various Indian Nation Courts. He has been practicing law for over 36-years, mostly in private practice. His law practice concentrates on representing businesses on Indian Nations. He previously served as the President of the Navajo Nation Bar Association.

In 1999, he along with the Branch Law Firm of Albuquerque, New Mexico, filed a lawsuit against the tobacco companies on behalf of several Indian Nations pursuant to the Tobacco Settlement Agreement. In late 1970s, he along with Honorable Secretary Stewart Udall, Honorable Senator Tom Udall, and Honorable William Mahoney filed a lawsuit against the United States and uranium mining companies on behalf of former uranium miners or their survivors. The lawsuit resulted in the enactment of the Uranium Miners Compensation Act which provides for compensation to miners and deceased miners’ surviving spouse or children.

He is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation; born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is a life-time resident of Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). Representative Hale is married to Dr. Paula Hale. They have nine children and six grandchildren.

He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973) and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977), and is a recipient of an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law (2012).


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HB2136 C firefighter and EMT memorial
HB2201 C nonprescription contraceptive devices; pharmacies
HB2217 C extraordinary educators special plates
HB2484 C veterans; hiring preference; tax credit
HB2522 P* native American tribes; TPT revenues
HB2523 P* state transportation board; tribal representation
HB2545 P* Native American tribes; JTED expenses
HB2564 P postsecondary institutions; accreditation disclosure
HB2620 P appropriation; soft capital
HB2625 C driver licenses; legal presence repeal
HCM2004 P* veterans' home; tribal lands
HCM2005 C federal government; fiscal responsibility
HCR2034 C Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 C recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 C Boy Scouts of America
SB1095 C Kayenta public safety facility; appropriation
SB1096 P public safety training academy; appropriation
SB1097 P Chinle adult detention facility; appropriation
SB1318 P shared revenue; Navajo technical college
SB1320 P schools; corrections; repayment plans
SB1337 C schools; CPR training
SB1430 P used motor vehicles; express warranty
SB1431 P American Indian veterans; special plates
SCM1002 P Indian nations; cabinet department
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 P death resolution; Bill Konopnicki
SR1003 P honoring Paul and Lorena Williams


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