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Arizona State Legislature
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Forty-eighth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Pete Rios

Pete Rios

District 23

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 334
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5761
Fax Number: (602) 417-3023


Personal Information:

Home City: Hayden, AZ
Child and Family Counselor
Member Since:
1983-1994 -- Now since 1997

Representative Pete Rios

Arizona House of Representatives

Pete Rios, at age 58, has been a legislator for 24 years.  He is currently serving his second term in the Arizona House of Representatives, and is a member of the Appropriations, Higher Education, and Sub-Appropriations: Transportation and Criminal Justice standing committees.  Representative Rios also serves on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Joint Legislative Committee on DES Block Grants, Joint Select Committee on Corrections, and Joint Ad Hoc Task Force on Higher Education Reform.  A native of Arizona, Rios grew up in the state’s rich copper mining area of Hayden-Winkelman.  He was one of 14 children.  He worked his way through college while supporting his family and earned his B.A. in Sociology and his Masters degree in Social Service Administration from Arizona State University.

Professionally, Rios has worked in a variety of social services settings with particular emphasis on services to children and families.  From 1978 to 1980, he was Children’s Adoption Coordinator for the State of Arizona and from 1981 to 1982, he served as Social Services Assistant Program Manager.  As a small businessman, Rios owned and operated Tia Maria’s Grocery and Grill from 1982 to 1988.  He was first elected to the Arizona State Senate in 1982 and has held the positions of Democratic Whip and Democratic Assistant Leader.

In 1991, he was elected presiding officer as President of the Arizona State Senate for the 40th Legislature, making him the first Latino Senate President in the history of the state.

Currently Representative Rios is also employed as a juvenile and family counselor, mostly working with teenagers on probation with the Juvenile Court.

Rios is married and has three children.  His oldest daughter, Rebecca, is currently serving as an Arizona State Senator and also represents District 23.  The Rios’ are the only father/daughter legislative team in the history of the State of Arizona.


Committee Assignments
Appropriations Member Click Here Click Here
Higher Education Member Click Here Click Here
Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Criminal Justice Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2086 C insurance; cancer screening examinations
HB2087 C noncertificated school employees; policies
HB2088 P DPS; retirement; badge
  (NOW: badges; officer purchase; illegal use
HB2114 C AHCCCS; chiropractic services
HB2115 C professions; disciplinary action; continuing education See Vote
HB2116 P big game permits; grandchildren
HB2117 P big game permits; transfers
HB2137 P* game and fish licenses; veterans
HB2157 C income tax credit; diabetes expenses.
HB2158 C state earned income tax credit.
HB2159 C political contributions; limits.
HB2160 C child care assistance; rates.
HB2161 C insurance premium tax credit cap.
HB2162 C appropriation; mobile dentistry units.
HB2163 C appropriation; economic development; rural; tribal.
HB2165 C standard income tax deductions; amounts.
HB2166 C children's physical activity grants; appropriation.
HB2169 C appropriation; university student aid.
HB2170 C appropriation; diabetes prevention.
HB2172 C appropriation; youth employment and training.
HB2175 C appropriation; domestic violence shelters.
HB2176 C appropriation; homeless services.
HB2177 C sales and use tax holiday.
HB2206 P teacher shortage student loan program
HB2217 C clean elections; daily reporting
HB2220 C procurement code; exemption
HB2222 P clean elections; primary spending
HB2223 C clean elections; expenses; qualifying contributions
HB2224 C payday loans; extensions
HB2226 C traffic tickets; civil penalties; collection
  (NOW: traffic tickets; collections; civil penalties
See Vote
HB2276 C clean car standards; no idling
HB2279 C DHS; environmental standards; environmental council
HB2280 C homicide interrogations; electronic recording
HB2282 C juveniles; interrogations; electronic recording
HB2353 C law enforcement animals; animal cruelty
HB2354 C minors; abuse; duty to report
HB2355 C tax credit; charitable organizations
HB2356 C breast-feeding; juries; workplace privacy
HB2368 P* county prime contracting sales tax
HB2380 P charitable organizations; tax credit
HB2404 P* apprentices; state construction projects
HB2406 P contractors; retention monies; interest accounts
HB2559 P boxing; intergovernmental tribal agreements
HB2578 C health care businesses; consumer information
HB2579 C workers' compensation; benefit amount.
HB2583 C local land subdivisions; size
HB2596 C political campaigns; no call list
HB2599 C human remains
HB2612 P* transportation districts
  (NOW: school districts; overexpenditures; receivership
See Vote
HB2613 C kindergarten; full-time students
HB2614 C state contracts; performance; disclosure
HB2620 C veterans; game and fish licenses
HB2621 C military personnel; uranium exposure; test
HB2623 C AHCCCS; children's health insurance program
HB2627 P income tax deadlines
  (NOW: prime contracting; property owners
See Vote
HB2628 C appropriation; Navajo senior citizens
HB2629 C genetic testing; thrombophilia; coverage
HB2630 C ASRS; retirees; graded multiplier increase
HB2631 C appropriation; Navajo adult treatment center
HB2634 C African-American affairs; commission.
HB2635 P deployed military; custodial rights
  (NOW: custodial rights; deployed military
See Vote
HB2644 C lobbyists; gift ban
HB2646 P* scrap copper clearinghouse
HB2667 P appropriation; developmental disabilities
HB2675 C appropriation; public school employees; retirement
HB2676 C tobacco products; storage and display
HB2677 C state health plan
HB2684 C state employees; living donor leave
HB2687 C rates; child care assistance
HB2689 C foreclosure; homeowner protection
HB2695 P legislator-elect; support services
HB2696 P* local circulation and arterial transportation
HB2697 C economic development; corporate accountability
HB2699 C unauthorized persons; border security
HB2701 C Arizona twenty-first century fund
HB2713 C railroad right-of-way; hearings
HB2714 C teacher certification; proficiency exam reciprocity
HB2716 C identity theft; factual innocence
HB2717 C appropriation; training facility; public safety
HB2724 C income based tuition waiver scholarships
HB2731 P teachers; minimum salary
HB2765 C national guard; civil liability
HB2766 C national guard mobilization; border; appropriation
HCM2007 C telecommunications; Native Americans
HCM2013 C railroad rights-of-way
HCR2003 P* term limits; legislators
HCR2008 C school district expenditures; authorization
HCR2010 P legislator term limits; repeal
HCR2014 C initiative and referendum; signature distribution
HCR2034 P* judges; merit selection; population
HCR2037 C business personal property taxes; exemption
HCR2041 C military bases; expressing support See Vote
HCR2044 C health care decisions week
HCR2045 C local mandates; funding
HCR2052 P Honorable Carmen Cajero
HCR2053 P The Honorable Jeff Groscost.
HR2001 C state aviation day.
HR2002 P Virginia Tech; honoring those killed
SB1108 C African-American affairs; commission
SB1110 P kinship foster care; grandparents; appropriation
SB1111 C foster care; age limit; extension
SB1113 C low water use landscaping; subdivisions
SB1192 C appropriation; code talkers monument
SB1225 C military family relief fund
SB1234 C schools; transportation funding.
SB1250 C concealed weapons permit; renewal.
SB1264 C appropriation; independent living; visually impaired
SB1301 C misconduct involving weapons; exception.
SB1303 C apprentices; state construction projects.
SB1304 C appropriation; department of corrections; salaries
SB1305 P disabled veterans' complimentary fishing licenses
SB1307 P emissions testing facility; appropriation
SB1308 C CORP; probation officers; service purchase
SB1309 C CORP; disability retirements
SB1334 P urban revenue sharing; small municipalities
SB1347 C teenage driver safety act
SB1458 C appropriation; Navajo affairs investigation building
SB1459 C appropriation; Navajo emergency management building
SB1460 C appropriation; Navajo commercial office building
SB1464 C appropriation; Navajo technology system
SB1477 C tribal airports; state aviation fund
SB1478 C transportation board; Native American member
SB1479 C Native American tribes; revenue sharing.
SB1481 P AHCCCS eligibility privatization; repeal.
SB1492 C lottery proceeds; university scholarships
SB1530 C copper wire theft; investigators; appropriation
SB1538 P transportation districts; transportation board membership
SB1539 P schools; rapid growth; capital plan
SB1540 C study committee; new school construction
SB1561 C AHCCCS; physician recruitment fund
SB1604 C major event reimbursement fund
SCR1010 P support commemorative postage stamp
SCR1019 C equal rights amendment; ratification


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