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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-second Legislature - First Regular Session
  Javan D. Mesnard

Javan D. Mesnard

District 17

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 308
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4481
Fax Number: (602) 417-3152

Personal Information:
Home City: Chandler
Occupation: Professor
Member Since: 2010
J.D. Mesnard is State Representative from Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert and Sun Lakes), having been elected to the Arizona House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.

Prior to running for office, J.D. spent eight years working at the Arizona Senate where he served as a policy advisor on issues ranging from education, transportation and retirement, to family services and government administration. One of J.D.’s proudest accomplishments during his employment at the Senate involved his role as Senate Coordinator for the "Legislators Back to School Program." Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the intent of this program is to bring civics to life by connecting legislators with classrooms to give kids of all ages a chance to talk about their ideas with the state legislators who represent them. The program is designed to motivate students to engage in politics, and help build personal links between schools and legislators while providing legislators an opportunity to observe what is going on in classrooms. J.D.’s work ethic and passion for civic engagement were instrumental at helping to move Arizona to #1 on the national charts, in terms of legislative participation in the program.

J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and the other in Public Administration—exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors—and had the honor of being named The Outstanding Student of his MBA program. While in graduate school, J.D. caught the attention of a professor who was an Adjunct Scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis (a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank based in Texas and Washington D.C.), and was subsequently recruited to join with the professor and with Chief Economist and internationally renowned speaker Dr. Barry Asmus to be a spokesman for the NCPA. As such, J.D. traveled all over Arizona, speaking to numerous foundations, companies and Rotary/Lions/Kiwanis clubs regarding the issue of Social Security reform.

Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for over 20 years. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. In terms of his immediate surroundings, J.D. spent many years as a music team leader, and as a youth counselor and mentor at his local church. He also serves on the board of his homeowner association. In addition, J.D.’s compassion for those less fortunate—who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth—led him to help establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.

J.D. is currently adjunct professor at Mesa Community College, where he teaches courses in political science.


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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2060 P* state budget; consensus forecast
HB2061 P* online TPT; income tax reduction
HB2062 P* confidential tax information; tax credits
HB2064 C graduation requirement; civics test
HB2066 P* public school tax credit: testing
HB2067 P* independent expenditure disclosures; aggregate percentage
HB2068 P* technical correction; DES; definitions
HB2069 P* technical correction; tax refund account
  (NOW: income tax reduction; online TPT
HB2070 P* luxury tax; exemption; technical correction
HB2083 P* income tax revisions
HB2128 P leased religious property; class nine
HB2213 P inspections; audits; notice; rights See Vote
HB2221 P* driver license suspension; photo radar
HB2251 C corporate tax credits; annual report
HB2265 P* lieutenant governor; duties; ballot
HB2325 P* charitable tax credit; inflation indexing
  (NOW: member land; termination
See Vote
HB2326 P* compact; balanced budget; convention
HB2391 P* early ballot mailing dates
HB2517 C internet crimes against children; fund See Vote
HB2551 P state, county employees; precinct committeemen
HB2561 P* unlawful distribution of private images See Vote
HB2575 C declaration of disaster; military installations.
HB2595 P* late filings; campaign finance reports See Vote
HB2608 P* elections; active registered voters
HB2611 P* consumer flex loans
HB2617 P* regulatory relief tax credit
  (NOW: counties; municipalities; budgets
See Vote
HB2631 C veteran education; tuition grants; cemeteries
HCM2001 P* federal balanced budget amendment
HCM2003 C urging Congress; increase customs personnel
HCR2003 P application; Article V convention
HCR2016 P* personal property tax; exemption
HCR2024 P* lieutenant governor; joint ticket
HR2005 C death resolution; Officer Tyler Stewart
SB1318 C abortion; health care exchange; licensure
SB1332 C empowerment scholarship accounts; reservation residences
SB1429 P reporting; untested sexual assault kits
SB1432 C hotel employees; room access; backgrounds
SB1434 C empowerment scholarship accounts; open enrollment
SCR1001 P clean elections repeal; education funding
SCR1010 P Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution
SCR1019 C commending Israel
SCR1020 C Mayor John Driggs; death resolution


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