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Fifty-first 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) 417-3262


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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Final Vote
HB2217 C extraordinary educators special plates
HB2484 P veterans; hiring preference; tax credit
HB2499 P JTEDs; per pupil funding calculation
  (NOW: per pupil funding calculation; JTEDs
HB2522 C native American tribes; TPT revenues
HB2523 P state transportation board; tribal representation
HB2563 P teacher preparation programs; common core
HB2625 C driver licenses; legal presence repeal
HCM2004 P veterans' home; tribal lands
SB1106 P emergency contraception
SB1160 C driver licenses; authorized presence proof
SB1166 P identifying information; former public officials
SB1209 P minors; tobacco-derived products
SB1224 P children; assessment; investigation protocols; reports
SB1225 P civil actions; time limits; crimes
SB1226 C child abuse; investigation protocols
SB1227 P sexual offenses; children; annual audit
SB1228 P destruction; forfeited or unclaimed firearms
SB1229 P large capacity magazine; prohibited weapon
SB1241 P teenage drivers; communication devices prohibited
SB1242 P multimedia production; tax incentives
SB1266 P illegal dumping; penalties See Vote
SB1299 C tax credits; rate reductions; suspension
SB1317 C tribal airports; state aviation fund
SB1318 C shared revenue; Navajo technical college
SB1319 C native American tribes; TPT revenues.
SB1320 C schools; corrections; repayment plans
SB1327 P task force; gas tax replacement
SB1334 P* return to work program
SB1335 C secretary of state; committee prohibition
  (NOW: filing officer; campaign committee; prohibition
SB1337 C schools; CPR training See Vote
SB1353 C health insurance; telemedicine See Vote
SB1392 P unemployment insurance; eligibility; full-time students
SB1396 C school bus stops
SB1430 C used motor vehicles; express warranty
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SCM1002 C Indian nations; cabinet department
SCR1008 P Harriet Tubman day
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 P death resolution; Bill Konopnicki
SR1002 C food allergies; awareness week
SR1003 P honoring Paul and Lorena Williams
SR1004 C death resolution; Bud Strom


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