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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Jamescita Peshlakai

Jamescita Peshlakai

District 7

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 333
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5160
Fax Number: (602) 417-3002

Personal Information:
Home City: Cameron
Occupation: Not-for-profit indigenous agricultural outreach
Member Since: 2013-2014
Ya'at'eeh shi kei doo shi dine'e! My dear relatives and community members, my name is Jamescita Mae Peshlakai. I am an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, my clans are Tangle People Clan, born for the Redhouse Clan. My cheiis are Bitterwater Clan, and nalii are Cliff Dweller Clan. I was born in Tuba City and grew up in northern Arizona, both on and off the Navajo Nation, but always in Dinetah. I currently reside in Cameron.

In 1904, two of my great grandfathers, Chishi Nez and Beshlagaii Atsidii, met with President Theodore Roosevelt to negotiate the annexation of the western part of the Navajo Nation to protect it from settlers. My grandfather and my father devoted much of their lives to serving as tribal officials; I respect and value this legacy in public service.

As a young woman I served in the US Army, 1989-1997, serving in the Persian Gulf War and I recognize the significance of the service of veterans and all those in uniform. Currently, I am a member of the American Legion, Flagstaff, Arizona and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Page, Arizona.

Veteransí rights are of particular interest to me because I have seen firsthand veterans being neglected while waiting for benefits the federal government promised, but were never delivered. I want better treatment for all veterans, especially those who reside in rural Arizona and on Native Nations. Through the benefits of the GI Bill, I earned a bachelorís degree in history and philosophy and now hold a masterís degree in education psychology from Northern Arizona University.

As a mother of two daughters, and out of concern for the future of my children and all the children in Arizona, I decided to run for a seat in the newly created Legislative District 7. I bring a different voice to the Arizona House of Representatives, one that understands the diversity of the residents in my district, which includes Native and non-Native Americans; two separate cultures living side by side. I want to bridge the gap between these communities with compassion and diplomacy.

Outside of the legislature I work for a not-for-profit organization providing indigenous agricultural outreach for the USDA on the Navajo Nation. This work reflects my values as a traditional Navajo with respect to my family values, the land, and tribal beliefs.

My priorities during the 2013 legislative session include promoting opportunities for veterans, bringing attention to environmental issues, and protecting natural resources. I also want to see positive changes for LD 7 in the areas of health care, education and economic growth.



Committee Assignments
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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2136 C firefighter and EMT memorial
HB2201 C nonprescription contraceptive devices; pharmacies
HB2204 C law enforcement; surviving spouse; insurance
HB2484 P veterans; hiring preference; tax credit
HB2522 P native American tribes; TPT revenues
HB2523 P state transportation board; tribal representation
HB2539 C education; academic skills
HB2540 C Father Kino special plates
HB2541 C state contracts; preference; Arizona businesses
HB2545 P Native American tribes; JTED expenses
HB2558 P firearms; state preemption; local laws
HB2564 P* postsecondary institutions; accreditation disclosure
HB2612 P auto title loans; military members
HB2620 P appropriation; soft capital
HB2625 P driver licenses; legal presence repeal
HCM2004 P veterans' home; tribal lands
HCR2018 P Citizens United decision; repeal
HCR2034 C Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 P recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 C Boy Scouts of America
SB1095 C Kayenta public safety facility; appropriation
SB1096 C public safety training academy; appropriation
SB1097 C Chinle adult detention facility; appropriation
SB1294 C grand jury; length of term
SB1317 P tribal airports; state aviation fund
SB1318 P shared revenue; Navajo technical college
SB1319 P native American tribes; TPT revenues.
SB1320 C schools; corrections; repayment plans
SB1430 P used motor vehicles; express warranty
SB1431 P American Indian veterans; special plates
SCM1002 P Indian nations; cabinet department
SCR1020 P Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SR1003 P honoring Paul and Lorena Williams


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