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J.D. Mesnard is Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes).
He was elected to the House on November 2, 2010.
J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and
the other in Public Administration-exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors. Prior to running for office, J.D. spent eight years working at
the Arizona Senate where he served as a policy advisor on issues ranging from education, transportation and retirement, to family services and government
administration. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. He works
with charities, churches and non-profits and is adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College, where he teaches courses in political science.
J.D.'s compassion for those less fortunate-who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth-led him to help establish Voices of the World, a
non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.
Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for over 25 years. He resides in Chandler with
his wife, Holly, who is a registered nurse at Chandler Regional Hospital.