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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  J.D. Mesnard

J.D. Mesnard
Speaker Pro Tempore

District 17

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 220
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4481
Fax Number: (602) 417-3152

Personal Information:
Home City: Chandler
Occupation: Professor
Member Since: 2010
J.D. Mesnard is State Representative from Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert and Sun Lakes), having been elected to the Arizona House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.

Prior to running for office, J.D. spent eight years working at the Arizona Senate where he served as a policy advisor on issues ranging from education, transportation and retirement, to family services and government administration. One of J.D.’s proudest accomplishments during his employment at the Senate involved his role as Senate Coordinator for the "Legislators Back to School Program." Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the intent of this program is to bring civics to life by connecting legislators with classrooms to give kids of all ages a chance to talk about their ideas with the state legislators who represent them. The program is designed to motivate students to engage in politics, and help build personal links between schools and legislators while providing legislators an opportunity to observe what is going on in classrooms. J.D.’s work ethic and passion for civic engagement were instrumental at helping to move Arizona to #1 on the national charts, in terms of legislative participation in the program.

J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and the other in Public Administration—exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors—and had the honor of being named The Outstanding Student of his MBA program. While in graduate school, J.D. caught the attention of a professor who was an Adjunct Scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis (a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank based in Texas and Washington D.C.), and was subsequently recruited to join with the professor and with Chief Economist and internationally renowned speaker Dr. Barry Asmus to be a spokesman for the NCPA. As such, J.D. traveled all over Arizona, speaking to numerous foundations, companies and Rotary/Lions/Kiwanis clubs regarding the issue of Social Security reform.

Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for over 20 years. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. In terms of his immediate surroundings, J.D. spent many years as a music team leader, and as a youth counselor and mentor at his local church. He also serves on the board of his homeowner association. In addition, J.D.’s compassion for those less fortunate—who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth—led him to help establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.

J.D. is currently adjunct professor at Mesa Community College, where he teaches courses in political science.


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HB2064 P training permits; military health professionals See Vote
HB2071 C ADE; operations
HB2136 C firefighter and EMT memorial
HB2200 C county fire department; authorization
HB2343 C public employees; compensation; union activities
HB2347 C tax levy; bond costs See Vote
HB2393 C state agencies; licensure; time frames
HB2438 C paycheck deductions; public employers
HB2439 C income tax brackets; inflation index
HB2456 C revenue allocation districts
HB2458 C empowerment scholarship accounts; fraud prevention. See Vote
HB2477 C photo radar on state highways See Vote
HB2495 P* school districts; expenditures; refunds
HB2496 P* schools; petition; regulatory exemptions See Vote
HB2531 P* income tax; instant depreciation See Vote
HB2532 P* corporation commission; internet services
HB2592 P* universal regulatory tax credit
HB2593 P* technical correction; veterans
  (NOW: campaign finance; contribution limits
HB2600 C judicial nominees; minimum requirements; records
HB2608 C EORP; closure; defined contribution See Vote
HB2617 C school tuition organizations; preapproval; entities See Vote
HB2657 P transaction privilege tax changes
HCM2003 C copper mining; support
HCM2008 C PFC Servin; medal of honor
HCR2021 P state expenditure limit
HCR2026 P clean elections; education funding
HCR2034 C Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 C recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 C Boy Scouts of America
SB1057 C AHCCCS; ambulance services; rates
SB1340 C municipal fire districts
SB1363 C empowerment scholarship accounts; expansion; funding
SB1435 C TPT exemptions; modular data center
  (NOW: modular data center; TPT exemptions
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 C death resolution; Bill Konopnicki


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