|Home City: Phoenix
Occupation: Real Estate
Member Since: 2015
In 2017, Ken Clark began his second legislative term serving the constituents of LD 24, which spans a large portion of Central Phoenix and South Scottsdale. He is a member of the Appropriations, Government and the Legislative Council Committees. Ken also served in the 46th Session of the House of Representatives (2004-2005).
Ken has been a valued and respected part of Arizona politics for over 15 years. He was the campaign manager on the "NO on 200" state-wide ballot effort to defeat the "payday loan reform" and co-chair of the non-partisan "Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition", which sought to build a greater number of competitive districts during the 2011-12 legislative and congressional redistricting process. Ken was the Campaign Manager for the successful 2006 "Arizona Together Campaign--No on Proposition 107." In 1999-2000, Ken was the Campaign Coordinator for the New Democrat 2000 Coalition; under his leadership, the Democrats gained four seats in the state legislature.
In 1999, Ken worked for Neighborhood Partners, which sought to strengthen relationships between neighborhood groups in Phoenix in order to solve difficult urban problems. He was also an Equal Justice Fellow and lobbyist for the William Morris Institute for Justice in Phoenix.
Ken is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. In 1990, Ken was an intern to the offices of Senator Dennis DeConcini, and in 1992, he worked for the Karan English for Congress Campaign. During graduate school, Ken worked for the Concord Coalition, the Washington DC-based deficit reduction organization, founded by Senators Paul Tsongas and Warren Rudman. In 1995, he completed his Master's Degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC. Ken is also a Valley Leadership Alumni (Class 33) and a 2013 Flinn Brown Center for Leadership cohort.
From 1995 to 1998, Ken was the Bosnian Country Director for Search for Common Ground, the international mediation and citizen diplomacy organization. He trained over 100 journalists, producers and radio hosts and oversaw over 300 hours of program broadcasts. He reported on his work to organizations such as the National Security Council and the European Union and published in trade journals and periodicals.
Ken created Get Your Phoenix in 2009, a monthly event that promotes the small businesses of Phoenix. In 2010, he launched "Phoestivus," a fundraising event for the Downtown Phoenix Farmer's Market and one of the most popular holiday food and crafts fairs in the valley.
Ken is also a real estate agent who specializes in historic homes and is a strong advocate of historic preservation.
Ken first moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona with his family in 1982. He left in 1985 to attend a NATO high school in Holland, and returned in 1989 to begin college.
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