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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Bruce Wheeler

Bruce Wheeler
Assistant Minority Leader

District 10

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 321
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3300
Fax Number: (602) 417-3028

Personal Information:
Home City: Tucson
Occupation: Energy Management
Member Since: 1975-1978, 2010-present
Representative Bruce Wheeler was born in a Texas petroleum oil drilling camp in the llanos of Venezuela.  His father, Russell B. Wheeler, was from California and began his work as a geologist. He retired as a top executive for Texaco thirty years later.  His mother, Elvira Recio Echeverria, was from Colombia, where most of Mr. Wheeler's cousins reside.  Mr. Wheeler learned to speak English in the first grade and lived his first 18 years in Venezuela, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.

Mr. Wheeler attended night classes in Maryland for two years, while working for U.S. Senator Phil Hart (D-MI) in Washington, DC. He transferred to the University of Arizona and graduated with a BA in international relations in 1972. After being denied the opportunity to join the Foreign Service due to a perceived physical disability, he decided to run for the Arizona Legislature and was elected at the age of 26 and served two terms.

Mr. Wheeler later covered the civil war in Nicaragua as a freelance photographer, returned home to Tucson, married and raised his two sons who attended Tucson public schools. His sons went on to earn multiple degrees from MIT, Stanford and now Harvard. He, his sons and their spouses, and their mother spend as much precious time together as they can find.

Following twenty years working for the Tucson Airport Authority, and earning an MBA, Mr. Wheeler retired as Director of Energy Management. He also served on the Tucson City Council from 1987 until 1995, where he led efforts to clean up badly contaminated groundwater tables and succeeded in helping to establish and to expand a major optics presence in Tucson and ultimately at the University of Arizona.

Upon retirement, Mr. Wheeler traveled extensively throughout much of the world, photographing in Afghanistan, Vietnam, India, Rwanda and other destinations.

In 2010, he was elected to the Legislature once again, where his priorities remain, against enormous ideological obstacles, improving our public education system, growing a vibrant economy and ensuring personal liberties and opportunities by working cooperatively with people representing a wide diversity of backgrounds and policy beliefs. Mr. Wheeler is very concerned about the direction Arizona is currently headed and is committed to bring out the angels of our better nature so that our great state may someday realize its fullest potential for all of her citizens.


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Sponsored Bills
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HB2126 P private prisons; regulation
HB2127 P private prison security officers; certification
HB2128 P adult incarceration contracts; cost comparison
HB2129 P private prisons; prisoner transfer; prohibition
HB2130 P private prisons; prisoners; facility; limits
HB2131 P private prison study committee
HB2132 P auditor general; private prison monitoring
HB2133 P private prison contractors; public records
HB2136 P firefighter and EMT memorial
HB2159 P government procurement; American products
HB2160 P election reform study committee
HB2161 P license fee; service dogs; waiver
HB2162 P vulnerable adult; abuse; damages
HB2201 P nonprescription contraceptive devices; pharmacies
HB2217 C extraordinary educators special plates
HB2348 C foster home licensure; immunizations.
HB2413 P labor organizations; nonunion employees; representation
HB2414 P public employees; collective bargaining
HB2415 P state employees; meet and confer
HB2424 P salvia divinorum; unlawful acts
HB2456 P revenue allocation districts
HB2484 P veterans; hiring preference; tax credit
HB2492 P municipalities; wastewater utility; acquisition; repeal
HB2522 P native American tribes; TPT revenues
HB2523 P state transportation board; tribal representation
HB2539 P education; academic skills
HB2540 P Father Kino special plates
HB2541 P state contracts; preference; Arizona businesses
HB2543 P provisional community colleges; nonresident tuition See Vote
HB2548 C veteran special plates; design
HB2557 P schools; CPR instruction.
HB2564 P postsecondary institutions; accreditation disclosure
HB2594 P local transportation assistance fund; restoration
HB2602 P universities; fixed tuition rates.
HB2603 P procurement; Arizona bidder; preference
HB2620 C appropriation; soft capital
HB2621 P fund; state parks; roads; fee
HB2624 P foreclosure mediation program.
HB2625 P driver licenses; legal presence repeal
HB2628 P* prosecutor presence; interview of minor
HB2629 P* tampering with a witness
HB2630 P* JTED funding; 9th graders
HB2631 P* unlawful discharge; firearm; intoxication
HB2632 P* intellectual property; employee rights
HB2637 P pilot; structured English immersion exemption
HB2638 C seat belt law; civil penalty
HB2639 C labor; rest periods; meal breaks
HB2640 P paid sick and safe time
HB2642 C call center relocation; notice; penalty
HB2649 P abortion; permitted practices
HB2650 P schools; prohibited courses; repeal..
HB2651 P immigration; law enforcement; repeal.
HB2657 P transaction privilege tax changes
HCM2004 P veterans' home; tribal lands
HCM2007 P Cherrybell; mail processing center
HCM2008 C PFC Servin; medal of honor
HCR2006 P property valuation freeze; disabled person
HCR2018 P Citizens United decision; repeal
HCR2034 C Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 P recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 P Boy Scouts of America
HM2001 P reauthorization; violence against women act
HR2002 P immigration reform; principles.
SB1057 P AHCCCS; ambulance services; rates
SB1242 P multimedia production; tax incentives
SB1337 P schools; CPR training
SB1340 C municipal fire districts
SB1351 C destination management company; exemption; refund
SCR1020 P Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 C death resolution; Bill Konopnicki


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