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Fiftieth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Brenda Barton

Brenda Barton

District 5

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 123
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 and Water Member Click Here Click Here
Energy and Natural Resources Member Click Here Click Here
Higher Education, Innovation and Reform Vice-Chairman Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2001 P community colleges; universities; concealed weapons
HB2076 C department of agriculture; continuation
HB2077 C federal agencies; registration with sheriff
HB2101 C protest activity; prohibition
HB2139 C property tax valuation; land fraud
HB2145 C justification; defensive display; holster
HB2146 C concealed weapons permit; training
HB2153 C municipalities; counties; fire sprinklers; code
HB2169 C dental board; fees
HB2363 C financial institution records; disclosure; notice
HB2364 C disciplinary actions; probation officers
HB2365 C initiative and referendum; petition form
HB2366 C communication with public officer; identity
HB2367 C public employees; prohibited negotiations
HB2368 C home detention programs; counties; cities
HB2369 C DUI; work release
HB2370 P photo enforcement; license suspension prohibited
HB2371 C DUI; ignition interlock device.
HB2384 C abortion; public funding prohibition; taxes
HB2392 C firearms; federal law; school perimeters
HB2416 C abortion
HB2442 P abortion; sex selection; prohibition
HB2443 P abortion; sex; race selection; prohibition See Vote
HB2530 C board of dental examiners See Vote
HB2533 P biennial budgeting; state agencies
HB2534 C city or town annexation
HB2544 C presidential candidates; affidavit of qualifications
HB2549 C state nickname; grand canyon state
HB2552 P agricultural property tax classification; equine.
HB2555 C regulation of taxis; limitations
HB2561 C Arizona citizenship.
HB2562 C interstate compact; birth certificates
HB2565 C postsecondary education; students' rights See Vote
HB2571 P* schools; dyslexia; group B weight
HB2572 P* government expenditure database; transparency; CAFR
HB2573 P* handicapped parking spaces; van accessible
HB2575 C vehicle; sale; disclosure of lien
HB2581 C STOs; credits; administration
HB2583 C deadly physical force; reporting; admissibility
HB2609 P* homeowners' associations; signs; political; leasing See Vote
HB2610 P* public fiduciaries; due diligence
HB2619 C fund transfer; Arizona historical society
  (NOW: unemployment; special assessment
See Vote
HB2623 C landowner prohibition of hunting; posting See Vote
HB2638 C administrative actions; appeal to court
HB2644 C federal monies; union preference; prohibition
HB2649 C early ballots; voter rolls; enforcement
HB2656 C women veteran special plate
HB2674 C state false claims actions
HB2682 C English language learners; classrooms; balance
HB2707 C general fund revenue limit See Vote
HB2708 C homeowner's rebate; primary residence
HB2709 C study committee; CTE reform
HB2710 C study committee; outcome-based funding
HB2725 C agriculture trust funds
HCM2003 C daily commuter program
HCR2006 C personal property tax exemption amount
HCR2015 C constitutional convention; federal debt
HCR2023 C candidate petitions; ballot fee
HCR2025 C board of executive clemency; commutation
HCR2028 P legislative budget sessions
HCR2029 P initiatives; periodic reauthorization
HCR2032 C paycheck deductions; political purposes; requirement
HCR2033 C foreign laws; judicial decisions
HCR2034 C recognizing pregnancy care centers
HCR2050 C IBM; one hundredth anniversary
HCR2051 PZ Arizona; centennial song
HM2001 C F-35 program; support funding
HR2001 C opposition; gaming; new Indian reservation
HR2002 C Mexico-U.S. commission; eradicate foot-and-mouth disease
HR2004 C honoring John Waddell
HR2007 C Warrene Ware; service
SB1112 P expenditure limit; penalty waiver; Pima
SB1177 P public intoxication; local laws
SB1178 P intrastate commerce act
  (NOW: county judgment bonds
SB1188 C adoption; marital preference
  (NOW: marital preferences; adoption
SB1201 C firearms omnibus
SB1204 C trash collection; multifamily housing
SB1207 C dilapidated building; definition
SB1213 C community college districts; alternative formation
SB1214 C interstate compact; health care..
SB1215 C public meetings; call to public
SB1216 C AHCCCS; obstetric services; copayment
SB1217 C shared revenues; provisional community colleges
SB1246 C abortion.
SB1278 C county assessor; permanent retrieval fund
SB1312 C STOs; credits; administration.
SB1390 C abortions; clinical privileges; physicians
SB1391 C interstate firearm freedom compact
SB1392 C Mexican gray wolf; interstate compact
SB1393 C greenhouse emissions; legislative authority
SB1394 C greenhouse substances; freedom to breathe
SB1395 C endangered species act; interstate compact
SB1396 C domestic relations; support; community restitution
  (NOW: domestic relations; notification requirements
SB1402 C special license plates
SB1403 C certificates; line siting committee.
  (NOW: mandatory project labor agreements; prohibition
SB1404 C Arizona grain research trust fund
SB1495 C Arizona state guard; establishment
SB1525 C city; town; development fees
SB1610 C state firearm
SCR1006 P border security plan
SCR1020 C crime victims; protection from liability
SCR1028 C paycheck deductions; political purposes; requirement.
SCR1033 C best available control technology; generation
SCR1034 C federal actions; state nullification
SCR1035 C English; official language
SCR1059 C supporting Wisconsin governor; legislature
SCR1061 C Mitch Menlove; death resolution
SR1013 C Lloyd Oliver; death resolution


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