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Fifty-second 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: 1975-1976, 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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Final Vote
HB2146 P PSPRS; service weapon; purchase
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
HB2188 P employment discrimination; prohibition.
HB2189 C housing discrimination; prohibition
HB2249 P JTEDs; funding; ninth graders
HB2333 P tax credit; research activity; refunds
HB2356 P corrections department; visitor fee repeal
HB2357 P schools; prohibited courses; repeal
HB2369 P death certificates; gender
HB2370 P texting while driving; prohibition
HB2371 P minors; automatic firearms; prohibited
HB2376 P* traffic complaint quotas; prohibition
HB2388 P DCS employees; covered service
HB2389 P voting rights; restoration; felonies.
HB2434 P automatic voter registration; driver licenses
HB2486 C university admission requirements; foreign language
HB2487 C community colleges; tuition waivers
HB2500 P unpaid leave; employee; military family
HB2501 P women veteran special plates
HB2502 P labor; rest periods; meal breaks
HB2503 P child care waiting list; appropriation..
HB2520 P appropriation; grants; reading-intensive programs
HB2533 P campaign finance; public service corporations
HB2534 P ballots; defects; notice; cure
HB2546 P* 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 P emergency contraception
HB2553 P human trafficking victim; vacating conviction
  (NOW: sex trafficking victim; vacating conviction
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HB2563 C health facilities; substance abuse recovery
HB2585 C secondary motor vehicle finance transactions
HB2598 C adoption; married couple; preference.
HB2600 C public school tax credit reallocation
HB2601 C firearms; background checks; release conditions.
HB2619 P sports authority district; tourism; board
HB2621 P multimedia film production tax incentives
HB2638 P abortion clinics; inspection; repeal
HB2661 C multi-county water districts; storage tax
HCM2003 C urging Congress; increase customs personnel
HCR2020 P ratification; equal rights amendment
HCR2021 P women's reproductive rights; support
HCR2025 C schools; English language requirements; repeal
HCR2028 P civilian conservation corps; recognition
HCR2029 C persons with disabilities; employment; support
HCR2031 P Citizens United decision; repeal
HCR2039 C death resolution; Bill Badger
HM2001 C urging parks board; historic place
HR2005 C death resolution; Officer Tyler Stewart
SB1207 P campaign finance disclosures; corporations; entities
SB1208 P foreign nonprofit corporations; foreign LLCs
SB1209 P independent expenditures; corporations; unions; audit
SB1227 P driver licenses; legal presence repeal.
SB1229 P immigration; law enforcement; repeal..
SB1431 P abortion; religious employers; contraception; repeal
SB1432 C hotel employees; room access; backgrounds
SCR1010 P Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution
SCR1020 C Mayor John Driggs; death resolution


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