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Fifty-second Legislature - First Regular Session
  Lela Alston

Lela Alston

District 24

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 330
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5829
Fax Number: (602) 417-3115

Personal Information:

Home City: Phoenix
Occupation: Teacher
House Member: 2011-present
Senate Member: 1977-1995

Representative Lela Alston is a Phoenix native, and a graduate of Phoenix Union High School. As a young wife and mother of two, Ms. Alston received her bachelorís degree from the University of Arizona in three years. Later she received her masterís degree from Arizona State University while teaching full-time in the Phoenix Union High School District.

Ms. Alston began serving in the Arizona State Senate in 1977 where she was a committee member on Appropriations for all 18 years of her service till 1995. As a State Senator she also served on the Education, Rules, Government, Commerce and Labor, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees. Ms. Alston served fourteen years in Democratic Leadership as Assistant Leader and Whip. Her numerous interim, and special task force assignments involved education and appropriation issues. Ms. Alston focused her support on programs designed to strengthen the stateís education system, and improve healthcare and economic conditions for children and families.

Ms. Alston strongly believes in public education. Her professional training and personal upbringing resulted in her being an advocate for children and families Ė an advocacy she continues today. Over a period of years Ms. Alstonís tireless efforts, in cooperation with others, resulted in the creation of Arizona State Universityís West Campus. In 1995 Ms. Alston spearheaded efforts to bring Metro Tech High School, a licensed primary care facility in partnership with Banner Health Care.

In November of 2008 Ms. Alston was elected to the PUHSD Governing Board, continuing her service to the Phoenix community after teaching in the district for 34 years. Professional recognitions she is most proud of include being chosen Honorary State Firefighter, Girl Scouts 2002 World of Children Award, and the naming of Lela Alston Elementary School in the Isaac School District.

In 1999 she purchased a 1929 historic home in the Roosevelt District, her lifetime project! Ms. Alston has six grandchildren.


Committee Assignments
Appropriations Member Click Here Click Here
County and Municipal Affairs Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2155 C state transportation board; tribal representation
HB2156 C Native American tribes; TPT revenues
HB2157 C Native Americans; delayed birth certificates
HB2158 C appropriation; Navajo Nation court complex
HB2159 C appropriation; water projects; Navajo nation
HB2160 C TPT; Indian tribe; motor vehicles
HB2161 C central Arizona project board; membership
HB2188 P employment discrimination; prohibition.
HB2217 P job training fund; vocational rehabilitation
HB2249 P JTEDs; funding; ninth graders
HB2256 C department of financial institutions; examinations
HB2257 C third parties; auto title lenders
HB2258 C auto title loans; military members
HB2275 P* income tax form; Alzheimer's research
HB2276 P* public school tax credit; expansion
HB2277 P* child care waiting list; appropriation.
HB2278 P* security freezes; credit reports; minors
HB2279 P* housing trust fund; unclaimed property
HB2280 P* governmental mall commission; members
HB2281 P* private prisons; regulation
HB2282 P* noncertificated school employees; due process.
HB2356 C corrections department; visitor fee repeal
HB2357 C schools; prohibited courses; repeal
HB2369 P death certificates; gender
HB2370 P texting while driving; prohibition
HB2371 P minors; automatic firearms; prohibited
HB2376 C traffic complaint quotas; prohibition
HB2387 C immigration; law enforcement; repeal
HB2388 P DCS employees; covered service
HB2389 C voting rights; restoration; felonies.
HB2434 C automatic voter registration; driver licenses
HB2437 C early voting locations; extended hours
HB2517 P internet crimes against children; fund See Vote
HB2520 C appropriation; grants; reading-intensive programs
HB2547 P campaign finance disclosures; corporations; entities.
HB2548 P foreign nonprofit corporations; foreign LLCs.
HB2549 P independent expenditures; corporations; unions; audit.
HB2638 P abortion clinics; inspection; repeal
HCR2020 P ratification; equal rights amendment
HCR2031 C Citizens United decision; repeal
HCR2039 C death resolution; Bill Badger
HM2001 C urging parks board; historic place
HR2005 C death resolution; Officer Tyler Stewart
SB1117 C online instruction; state-approved charter authorizers
SCR1020 P Mayor John Driggs; death resolution


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