House Member

Personal Information:

Home City: Phoenix
Occupation: Teacher
House Member: 2011-present
Senate Member: 1977-1995

Representative Lela Alston is a native Arizonan and a proud product of our state's public education system, from kindergarten to graduate school. She has been a steadfast advocate for public schools, improving the welfare of children and families, and the equity of civil rights for all Arizonans throughout her career as a teacher and lawmaker.

In 2017, Representative Alston began her 25th year in the Arizona State Legislature. From 1977 through 1995, Representative Alston served as an Arizona State Senate; she was a member of the Appropriations Committee throughout her years in that chamber. She also served on the Education, Rules, Government, Commerce, Labor, Judiciary and Transportation Committees, and was part of the Senate Democratic Leadership team for 14 years. At the encouragement of Arizona legislators and community advocates, Representative Alston ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010; she won that election and is now in her fourth term representing Legislative District 24 — Central Phoenix and South Scottsdale.

Representative Alston is one of Arizona's most respected champions of public education. She has been a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board since 2008 and severed as Board President in 2015 and 2016; she also taught in the district for over 34 years. Representative Alston was an instrumental voice in the planning of the ASU West Campus and she spearheaded the efforts to establish Metro Tech High School's licensed primary care facility in partnership with Banner Health Care.

Representative Alston is the recipient of numerous awards throughout the years. She is most proud of being honored with the 2015 O'Connor Institute Statesman of the Year Award, being recognized as an Honorary State Firefighter, receiving the Girl Scouts 2002 World of Children Award and the naming of Lela Alston Elementary School in the Isaac School District.

Representative Alston currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, Appropriations Sub-committee on Education, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Joint Committee on Capital Review.

Accessible and affordable public education that prepares Arizona's young people for 21st Century careers, improving the lives of children and families and defending the civil rights of all of Arizona's citizens continue to be her priorities as a state legislator.

Representative Alston is the mother of 2 and the grandmother of 6 exceptional young people. She is the proud owner of a 1929 Normandy revival home in downtown Phoenix and a 1956 pink Thunderbird convertible—two projects that keep her busy during her spare time.

Sponsored Bills

Bill NumberSponsor TypeShort/NOW Title
HB2071Cworkforce training; unemployed workers
HB2074Cappropriation; fairgrounds; preservation; historic buildings
HB2081Cschools; compulsory attendance age; increase
HB2082Cschools; daily recess time
HB2083Cschools; overrides; ballot language
HB2099CADOT licenses; authorized presence repeal
HB2101Cprivate prison contractors; public records
HB2102Cprivate prison security officers; certification
HB2103Cprivate prison study committee
HB2104Civory; rhinoceros horn; sales; prohibition
HB2140CArizona silver-haired legislature
HB2141CDHS; state food standards
HB2142Cfoster parents; training
HB2147Cexperienced teacher retention pilot program
HB2148Cpublic safety; violence prevention; committee
HB2149Cmental health; injunction; firearm possession
HB2183Clifetime limit; cash assistance
HB2184Cat-risk youth; career, college readiness
HB2222P*public school tax credit; expansion
HB2223P*child care waiting list; appropriation
HB2224P*housing trust fund; unclaimed property
HB2263Ceducation excise tax rates
HB2264Cenvironment; citizen suits
HB2265Cclean power; state plan; standards
HB2266Ccash assistance; lifetime limit
HB2277Cnational popular vote; interstate agreement
HB2278Cmotor vehicle title loans; prohibition
HB2323Ccritical health information; emergency responders
HB2327Crepeal; right to work.
HB2328Ccorporate income tax rate; freeze
HB2336Cend-of-life decisions; terminally ill
HB2341Cnational guard; deployment; professional licenses
HB2342Cveterans' services; benefits counselors; appropriation
HB2343Cdual language education; study committee
HB2344Cstate board; community colleges
HB2345Cstudy; state board; community colleges
HB2346Cerroneous convictions; civil action
HB2347Cemployment omnibus
HB2364Cemployment; housing; public accommodations; antidiscrimination.
HB2383Cstate finance review; task force.
HB2390Cpostsecondary education; loan information
HB2393P*noncertificated school employees; due process
HB2420Cdiaper changing stations; public restrooms
HB2424Cmitigation monies; school bus fleets
HB2426Ccommunity health workers; voluntary certification.
HB2427Cmisconduct involving weapons; firearm storage
HB2428Cprisoners; earned release credits
HB2429Cabortion; admitting privileges; repeal
HB2439Chome health aides; qualifications
HB2442CAHCCCS; dental care; pregnant women
HB2443Cauditor general; charter schools.
HB2446Ccontracting; investments; prohibition; border wall
HB2455Cappropriation; untested sexual assault kits
HB2456Cpresidential candidates, electors; tax returns.
HB2474Cveterans; mental health courts; establishment
HB2489Conline impersonation; offense
HB2502Cjoint select commission on corrections.
HB2503Ccriminal justice commission; membership; report.
HB2505P*appropriation; adult protective services
HB2518Cprocurement; veterans; Arizona bidders; preference
HB2519Cappropriation; child care subsidy program
HCM2004Curging Congress; affordable care act
HCR2008Ceducation finance; excise tax rates
HCR2015Cright to work; repeal.
HCR2016Ccare enough; get in way
HCR2017Cschools; English language requirement; repeal.
HCR2021Csuicide prevention month
HCR2024CLatina-owned businesses; support
HR2003CArizona aerospace day
SB1099Cschool safety program
SB1382Cemployment discrimination; prohibition
SCR1018Cspeech and debate education day
SCR1034Cdeath resolution; Eleanor Ann Day