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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-second Legislature - First Regular Session
  Brenda Barton

Brenda Barton

District 6

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 114
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4129
Fax Number: (602) 417-3010

Personal Information:
Home City: Payson
Occupation: Retired, City of Safford Accounting & Materials Management
Member Since: 2011
Born in Safford, Arizona, Representative Barton is a fifth generation native of rural eastern Arizona. In 1871, her great-great grandfather established the first crossing on the Colorado River. In 1880, the family settled in Lee Valley near Greer in the White Mountains. Allen F. Smithson, her maternal great-great grandfather rests in the Lebanon cemetery just west of the family’s historic homestead in Artesia where Representative Barton spent her early years.

In the late 1980s, she began her career in public service with the City of Safford. During the end of her tenure with the City of Safford, Rep. Barton led a group of employees in writing the City of Safford’s Vision Statement. It was subsequently adopted by the City Council.

By the mid-1990s, public events drew her into political activism and she became an elected officer of People for the West, a land rights group. Representative Barton is a veteran of the Sage-Brush Rebellion that swept the Western Lands States from the 1970s into the 1990s.

Political experience: Graduate, Western Legislative Academy; AZ director, Women in Government; Region III director, AZ Federation of Republican Women; 2009 graduate, Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series; 2008 delegate to the AZ State Republican Convention; precinct committeewoman; president, Graham County Republican Women; legislative chairwoman, Graham County Republican Woman; secretary, People for the West, Graham County Chapter; secretary, Legislative District 8 (Cochise & Graham Counties).

Memberships: Nat’l Council of State Legislators, Heartland Institute, American Legislative Exchange Council, AZ Citizens Defense League, AZ Federation of Republican Women.

Political influence: There isn’t a single individual, rather a mosaic of characters and individuals who have contributed to my continuing evolution as a political professional.

Job creation measures: The role of the government is not to create jobs, rather to facilitate a business environment in which job creation may flourish. To that end, we should consider reducing the burden of unnecessary regulations on business and ensure a well-educated and prepared workforce inventory.

Top Issues: Building a strong state economy coupled with the conservation of our quality of life in Arizona.

Representative Barton resides with her husband Bruce in the beautiful rim country of Payson, Arizona. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.


Committee Assignments
Agriculture, Water and Lands Chairman Click Here Click Here
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Member Click Here Click Here
Rural and Economic Development Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2064 P graduation requirement; civics test
HB2142 P water infrastructure finance authority; prepayment See Vote
HB2143 C personal disguises; crime evasion
HB2146 C PSPRS; service weapon; purchase
HB2148 P* technical correction; underground storage; closure
HB2149 P* technical correction; delinquent property; sale
HB2150 P* false claims; agriculture; technical correction
  (NOW: animal cruelty; livestock; poultry; violation
See Vote
HB2157 C Native Americans; delayed birth certificates
HB2173 P escrow agents; legal tender
HB2174 C empowerment scholarship accounts; grandchildren
HB2175 C public rights-of-way; claims
HB2190 P schools; common core; replacement
  (NOW: common core; replacement
HB2209 P government-owned real property; annual report
HB2213 P inspections; audits; notice; rights See Vote
HB2261 C university admissions; CTE; fine arts
HB2262 C school district transportation; JTED students
HB2272 C law enforcement officers; firearm purchase
HB2273 C DUI; drug metabolites
HB2274 C emergency and military affairs omnibus See Vote
HB2314 P* Arizona wilderness protection
HB2315 P* financial information; comprehensive database; posting
HB2316 P* small water systems fund
HB2317 P* labeling; Arizona wine
  (NOW: Arizona wines; labeling
See Vote
HB2318 P* transfer of public lands compact See Vote
HB2319 P* technical correction; conservation easements; applicability
HB2320 P* firearms; permit holders; public places
HB2321 P* public lands; conveyance and taxation
HB2324 C intergovernmental agreements; public agency indemnification
HB2326 P compact; balanced budget; convention
HB2358 P TPT; exemption; crop dusters See Vote
HB2361 P assured water supply; alternative certificate
HB2368 C sovereign authority; executive orders; DOJ
HB2393 P water settlement act; replenishment formula
HB2426 P* additional classroom time for kindergartners.
HB2427 P* precinct lists; early ballot reports
HB2428 P* candidate petitions; circulation; filing
HB2429 P* livestock; poultry; animal cruelty; violation
HB2430 P* technical correction; real estate department
HB2431 P uniform firearms transfer compact
HB2490 P sexually violent persons; reimbursement; repeal
HB2508 P* navigable stream adjudication commission; extension
HB2509 C aggravated assault; firearms
HB2517 P internet crimes against children; fund See Vote
HB2520 C appropriation; grants; reading-intensive programs
HB2526 C governor's regulatory review council; membership See Vote
HB2568 C insurance premium tax reduction
HB2571 C DCS information; legislator discussion
HB2575 C declaration of disaster; military installations.
HB2578 C real property; purchaser dwelling actions
HB2580 P county supervisors; jurisdiction; specialized expertise
HB2582 C fire districts; assistance tax distribution
HB2583 P motor fuel taxes; forest products
HB2587 C state agencies; credit cards See Vote
HB2621 C multimedia film production tax incentives
HB2655 C property; diminution; compensation; federal law
HB2657 P* state implementation plan; carbon emissions
HB2658 P* federal lands; transfer; study committee See Vote
HB2659 P* study committee; unmanned aerial vehicles
HB2660 P* domestic water improvement districts; directors
HB2661 P* multi-county water districts; storage tax
HCM2003 C urging Congress; increase customs personnel
HCM2004 C Mohave County radiation compensation act
HCM2005 P* federal lands; devolution to Arizona
HCR2003 C application; Article V convention
HCR2007 C Fisher Houses; twenty-fifth anniversary
HCR2034 C financial literacy month
HCR2037 P* state authority; nonnavigable, intrastate waters.
HR2005 P death resolution; Officer Tyler Stewart
SB1052 P charter school sponsors; community colleges
SB1068 P additional classroom time for kindergartners
SB1088 C income tax brackets; inflation index.
  (NOW: empowerment scholarship accounts; eligibility
SB1131 C online charter schools; interscholastic activities
SB1136 C nursing facility assessment; continuation
SB1183 C improvement districts; enhanced municipal services
SB1465 C distributed energy generation systems; disclosure
SB1466 P livestock loss board; compensation fund
SCR1010 P Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution
SCR1019 P commending Israel
SCR1020 P Mayor John Driggs; death resolution


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