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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-third Legislature - First Regular Session

Denise "Mitzi" Epstein

District 18

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 125
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4870
Fax Number: (602)

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Member Since: 2017
Mitzi Epstein is a computer systems analyst who has worked for multinational companies and has run a small business, Custom Language Training, which is currently on hiatus. As a Representative for the people of District 18, she is focusing full time on listening to the community and working collaboratively to improve the quality of life for Arizonans.

District 18 includes Ahwatukee, south Tempe, west Chandler, and southwest Mesa.

Mitzi was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016.

She has been a lifelong community problem solver, working at the community and state levels for strong schools, active youth sports programs, entrepreneurial opportunities, and vibrant arts, all of which promote a strong economy.
  • Multinational Corporations:
    • She and her teams built financial computer models to provide analytics in finance and manufacturing.
    • She worked for Olin Brass, Inc., Citicorp Mortgage Inc., and Aerovox Corporation.
    • She describes, "The work of a systems analyst is to improve the way work is done: cutting costs, and improving accuracy."
  • Small Business Owner:
    • Custom Language Training provided customized instruction to help businesses and individuals become fluent to achieve career success.
    • With a team of polyglots, CLT developed the product, “Pocket Glossaries” a practical solution to the need for an easy reference book on the job.
  • School Board:
    • She was elected to the Kyrene Elementary School District Governing Board in 2004, and worked successfully with education professionals to improve transparency of operations, while always keeping the focus on student achievement.
    • She is often asked to present information to parents, businesses, and school communities about shared decision making and effective, respectful advocacy at the local school, district, and state levels.
  • State PTA
    • As former Vice President/Legislative Chair, of the Arizona PTA, Parent Teacher Association, Mitzi mentored over 200 local PTA groups, helping parents develop actionable solutions.
  • Co-founder of the statewide APPLE Coalition, AZ Parents for Public Education
    • APPLE was a state-wide coalition of parent organizations supporting and empowering parents to advocate at the state level for public education. Now the Arizona Parent Network fulfills this mission to connect parents, professional educators, community members and businesses to improve outcomes in public education.
  • Co-founder of Yes Public Ed
    • Yes Public Ed is a group that promotes dialogue between the community and our legislators.
  • With community members, Mitzi has organized forums for the community with governors and legislators on current education and economic issues.
  • Youth Soccer Coach, Coach Trainer, Coach Administrator, Registrar, and soccer mom: She says, “We spent many wonderful weekends with families on soccer fields in Ahwatukee, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe. Those friendships forged on soccer fields are lasting because we were not just teaching children soccer lessons, we were teaching life lessons in teamwork, setting goals, determination, cooperation and competition.”
  • President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chair of PTOs and PTA


Committee Assignments
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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2071 C workforce training; unemployed workers
HB2081 C schools; compulsory attendance age; increase
HB2082 C schools; daily recess time
HB2083 C schools; overrides; ballot language
HB2103 C private prison study committee
HB2148 C public safety; violence prevention; committee
HB2264 C environment; citizen suits
HB2266 C cash assistance; lifetime limit
HB2323 C critical health information; emergency responders
HB2390 C postsecondary education; loan information
HB2392 C teacher recruitment and retention
HB2393 C noncertificated school employees; due process
HB2401 C health care providers; religious beliefs
HB2414 C wage disclosure; employee rights
HB2439 C home health aides; qualifications
HB2442 C AHCCCS; dental care; pregnant women
HB2443 P* auditor general; charter schools.
HB2487 C lottery distributions; teacher salary increases
HB2488 P* teacher salary increases; appropriation
HB2505 C appropriation; adult protective services
HB2506 C physical body adornment; establishments; certification
HCM2004 C urging Congress; affordable care act
HCR2021 C suicide prevention month
SB1126 C schools; prohibited courses; repeal.
SB1233 C charter schools; audit requirements
SB1382 C employment discrimination; prohibition
SB1383 C state finance review; task force
SB1427 C STO operational requirements
SCR1006 C death resolution; M. Lee Allison
SCR1018 C speech and debate education day


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