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Fifty-second Legislature - First Regular Session
  Albert Hale

Albert Hale

District 7

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 323
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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Sponsored Bills
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HB2104 P lottery game; veterans' assistance fund
HB2117 P marriage; qualifications
HB2118 C firearm sales; background checks; transfers
HB2119 P provisional ballots; tally; verification
HB2123 P competency restoration; treatment; costs
HB2124 P WQARF funding; state treasurer; transfers
HB2125 P DHS; state food standards
HB2142 C water infrastructure finance authority; prepayment See Vote
HB2155 P* state transportation board; tribal representation
HB2156 P* Native American tribes; TPT revenues
HB2157 P* Native Americans; delayed birth certificates
HB2158 P* appropriation; Navajo Nation court complex
HB2159 P* appropriation; water projects; Navajo nation
HB2160 P* TPT; Indian tribe; motor vehicles
HB2161 P* central Arizona project board; membership
HB2356 P corrections department; visitor fee repeal
HB2357 P schools; prohibited courses; repeal
HB2370 C texting while driving; prohibition
HB2371 C minors; automatic firearms; prohibited
HB2376 P traffic complaint quotas; prohibition
HB2387 P immigration; law enforcement; repeal
HB2388 C DCS employees; covered service
HB2389 P voting rights; restoration; felonies.
HB2486 C university admission requirements; foreign language
HB2487 C community colleges; tuition waivers
HB2500 C unpaid leave; employee; military family
HB2501 P women veteran special plates
HB2502 C labor; rest periods; meal breaks
HB2503 C child care waiting list; appropriation..
HB2505 C paid sick and safe time
HB2506 C private prison contractors; public records
HB2507 C private prison study committee
HB2517 P internet crimes against children; fund See Vote
HB2520 C appropriation; grants; reading-intensive programs
HB2544 P special license plates; discontinuation; reissue
HB2546 C independent expenditures; corporations; funding disclosures.
HB2547 P campaign finance disclosures; corporations; entities.
HB2548 P foreign nonprofit corporations; foreign LLCs.
HB2549 P independent expenditures; corporations; unions; audit.
HB2552 C emergency contraception
HB2553 C human trafficking victim; vacating conviction
  (NOW: sex trafficking victim; vacating conviction
See Vote
HB2563 C health facilities; substance abuse recovery
HB2585 P secondary motor vehicle finance transactions
HB2632 C dog tethering
  (NOW: unlawful dog tethering
HB2655 C property; diminution; compensation; federal law
HCM2003 P urging Congress; increase customs personnel
HCR2009 C firearm sales; background checks; transfers
HCR2010 P marriage; qualifications; referral
HCR2020 C ratification; equal rights amendment
HCR2021 C women's reproductive rights; support
HCR2028 C civilian conservation corps; recognition
HCR2029 P persons with disabilities; employment; support
HCR2031 C Citizens United decision; repeal
HCR2039 C death resolution; Bill Badger
HR2005 C death resolution; Officer Tyler Stewart
SB1136 C nursing facility assessment; continuation
SB1207 C campaign finance disclosures; corporations; entities
SB1208 C foreign nonprofit corporations; foreign LLCs
SB1209 C independent expenditures; corporations; unions; audit
SB1437 C microbrewery licenses; producer limitations
SCR1010 C Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution
SCR1020 C Mayor John Driggs; death resolution


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