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| Home City: Paradise Valley
Member Since: 2015
Maria Syms was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016 and serves on the House Commerce, Health and Judiciary & Public Safety Committees. Syms is a 16-year resident of LD 28 (Phoenix and Paradise Valley), mother of three, former Assistant Attorney General, former Paradise Valley Town Councilwoman, former Assistant United States Attorney, and hard-working advocate for opportunities that will make Arizona a leader in job growth, quality education, government efficiency and security for our families now and in the future.
As a legislator, Syms hit the ground running and passed more bills than any other freshman legislator in 2016. Her signature legislation requires the mandatory testing of all rape kits so women and victims can have justice. This law has led to numerous indictments of rapists and safer communities. She also worked to pass laws that will remove barriers to Veterans transitioning to the workforce after serving our country. Syms was instrumental in passing tort reform legislation to protect small businesses from thousands of frivolous lawsuits.
Through her work as an attorney and senior advisor to the Attorney General, Syms has pushed for state legislation and policies to promote small business and job growth, encourage the free market and keep more money in the pockets of hard working Arizona families. As a Town Councilwoman, Syms consistently stands against government "tax because we can" policies and wasteful spending. Syms has successfully pushed for more transparency and accountability in how elected representatives spend your money. Syms has a widely-held reputation as one of the strongest fiscal conservative leaders.
The daughter of an Italian immigrant and a public school teacher, Syms personally understands that quality education is the great equalizer in our country and is the key to opportunity for our next generation. Syms herself is the product of a public school k-12 education. Having served on a local school board and as a mother of young children who have or currently attend public schools in LD 28, Syms is personally committed to maximizing the resources in Arizona classrooms so that educators and students have the best opportunity to succeed.
Syms graduated from Smith College and American University law school in Washington, D.C., and she served as a Staff Attorney and Law Clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where she had the opportunity to work under now Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, among other fine jurists. In her years in private practice, Syms represented clients ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations. Syms also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, Adjunct Professor of Law at ASU Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, and holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard.
Syms has been married for 20 years to ear surgeon Mark Syms, who inspires her with his lifelong commitment to healing others. They love and adore their three smart, dynamic and fun children, Matthew, Meredith and Marinna along with their dog Maizie.
|Bill Number||Sponsor Type||Short/NOW Title|
|HB2019||C||civil rights advisory board; continuation|
|HB2020||P*||confidentiality agreements; sexual assault; harassment|
(NOW: sexual assault; harassment; confidentiality agreements)
|HB2053||P*||theft by extortion; sexual acts|
(NOW: sexual acts; theft by extortion)
|HB2107||P*||prescription drug costs; patient notification|
(NOW: pharmacies; practices; pharmacy benefits managers)
|HB2108||C||ASDB; teacher salaries; personnel fingerprinting|
|HB2149||C||pharmacies; remote dispensing|
|HB2215||C||veterinary medical examining board; continuation|
|HB2454||C||sexual assault; rental agreement termination|
|HB2522||P*||traffic violations; penalties|
|HB2523||P*||administrative hearings; procedures|
|HB2592||C||schools; suicide; self-harm; prevention|
|HB2635||P*||drug overdose; immunity; limitations|
|HB2636||P*||interfering; judicial proceeding; victims; children|
|HCR2027||C||wear red day 2018|
|HCR2030||C||veterans; missing remains|
|HCR2038||C||maternal mental health|
|HR2001||C||Robert Rene Robles; death resolution|
|SB1082||C||full-day kindergarten; instruction requirements|
|SB1390||C||TPT; additional rate; education.|
|SB1412||C||unclaimed property; electric cooperatives; credits|
|SB1465||C||sober living homes; certification|
|SB1466||C||voting centers; board of supervisors|
|SB1517||C||state dinosaur; Sonorasaurus|
|SCM1010||C||Charles Keating; naming peak; urging|
|SCR1009||C||Norman McClelland; death resolution|