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Fifty-third Legislature - First Regular Session
  Olivia Cajero Bedford

Olivia Cajero Bedford

District 3

1700 W. Washington
Room 314
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5835
Fax Number: (602)


Personal Information:

Home City: Tucson
House Member: 2003-2010
Senate Member: 2011-present
Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford was well versed with state politics long before Tucson citizens honored her by electing her to serve in the Arizona Legislature. She served eight years as a State Representative to her constituents and in 2010, she won the Senate seat.

She grew up in a political family that placed a high value on public service. Understanding the importance of public service, Senator Cajero Bedford became the second generation in her family to represent southern Arizonans at the state Capitol. She provided her parents, Rep. Bernardo “Nayo” Cajero and Rep. Carmen Cajero, with advice on important votes during the 28 years they served in the Arizona House of Representatives. She urged her parents to ensure that high school students receive free text books and that the state provide funding to establish the University of Arizona Cancer Research Center.

Before having the opportunity to serve Tucsonans at the state level, Senator Cajero Bedford was a business owner and a director of sales and marketing for the tourism/hotel industry. Years of business experience make her a strong advocate of small companies and economic development.

Since taking office in 2003, Senator Cajero Bedford has fought to defend a woman’s right to choose. This issue is important to her and remains at the top of her list each session.

Senator Cajero Bedford is a graduate of the Council of State Governments’ Legislative Academy. She has been involved with a number of civic organizations over the years including the Girl Scouts, Arizona Tourism Advisory Council, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Women in Government and National Conference of State Legislatures.

Increasing career and technical education in high school curriculum has been one of her goals for her tenure in the legislature. Senator Cajero Bedford works with high schools in her district to help teachers coordinate school field trips to the Legislature to improve students’ understanding of government and expand on what they have learned in the classroom. It is her wish that as a result, one of these students will then start to think about a career in politics.

She was honored, that the Arizona Medical Association, in 2007 awarded her with the "Walk the Talk" award. In addition, was honored among the 2007 Tech 10 Legislators at the Fifth Annual Governor's Celebration of Innovation, The Victoria Foundation in 2010. She and her mother, Carmen were honored by Latina Perspectives Magazine with the Latina Trailblazers award in 2011.


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Sponsored Bills
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HB2323 C critical health information; emergency responders
HB2453 C schools; prohibited courses; repeal
HB2500 C release conditions; pretrial release program
HB2502 C joint select commission on corrections.
HB2503 C criminal justice commission; membership; report.
SB1195 C domestic violence offenders; firearms; seizure
SB1251 C JTEDs; ninth graders; funding.
SB1257 C appropriation; district additional assistance
SB1262 P* claim; notice; public entity; exception
SB1264 C state lottery; county assistance fund
SB1265 C state-owned bank task force.
SB1266 C auditor general; charter schools
SB1267 C structured English immersion exemption; pilot
SB1268 C foster parents; immunizations; licensure
SB1276 C charter schools; special education services
SB1277 C charter schools; capacity; publication
SB1297 C adoption; married couple; preference
SB1304 C JTEDs; entrepreneurship programs; review exemption
SB1313 C appropriation; teacher recruitment; retention
SB1320 C employment; housing; public accomodations; antidiscrimination
SB1322 C criminal justice commission; legislative recommendations
SB1323 C joint select committee on corrections
SB1326 C telecommunications; broadband; accelerated depreciation
SB1339 C child care assistance; appropriation
SB1340 C TANF assistance; lifetime limit
SB1345 C adult incarceration contracts; cost comparison
SB1347 C financial disclosure; model legislation; lobbying
SB1349 C tax credits; sunset
SB1351 C spouses; married couples; terminology
SB1352 C abortion; religious employers; contraception; repeal
SB1353 C employment and labor omnibus
SB1354 C schools; bullying policy; definition
SB1355 C sexual assault; survivor rights
SB1356 C schools; corporal punishment
SB1357 C minors; consent; housing; shelter services
SB1358 C municipalities; counties; rent control; seniors
SB1359 C DES; DCS; director; qualifications
SB1363 C liquor licenses; nonuse; discretionary cancellation
SB1364 C elder abuse investigations; study committee
SB1365 C wildfire suppression; joint study committee
SB1382 C employment discrimination; prohibition
SB1383 C state finance review; task force
SB1457 C tribal nations; veterans' services; appropriation
SB1458 C health careers; military veterans; committee
SB1459 C state holiday; Native American day
SB1460 C office of Indian education; assistance
SB1461 C study; tribal colleges; dual enrollment
SB1462 C dual enrollment; tribal colleges
SCM1012 C Indian health care; urging Congress
SCR1004 C death resolution; Gus Arzberger
SCR1005 C death resolution; George Lemen
SCR1018 C speech and debate education day
SCR1020 C death resolution; Marian Lupu
SCR1021 C education finance TPT; rates
SCR1025 C Latina-owned businesses; support.
SCR1026 C civics education; Arizona schools
SCR1027 C state senators; four-year terms
SCR1028 C veterans' services; Navajo nation; cooperation
SCR1034 C death resolution; Eleanor Ann Day


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