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| Home City: Laveen
Occupation: Managing Director, Education Non-Profit
Member Since: 2015
In 2018, Reginald Bolding was re-elected to serve a third-term in the Arizona House of Representatives. Bolding was also elected by his colleagues to serve in Democratic Leadership as the House Minority Whip. He serves as the Ranking Member of the House Education Committee and sits on the Ways and Means Committee. Bolding has established himself as one of the most respected legislators in the chamber working on legislation focused on education, economic development, criminal justice, and veterans and civil rights. Bolding has been a leading advocate fighting for issues directly impacting our most vulnerable Arizona communities.
While serving in the legislature, Representative Bolding has been recognized as the Public Elected Official of the Year by several organizations including the AFL-CIO (2018), the National Association of Social Workers (2018), the Arizona Community Action Association (2017), along with several other awards including being named to the Phoenix Business Journal's 40 under 40 list (2012).
Arizona State Representative Reginald Bolding is an educator, community leader and social entrepreneur. Bolding, a first-generation college student, is an outstanding scholar in both education and justice studies. After graduating at the top of his class from the University of Cincinnati, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and International Security, Bolding turned down a full-ride law school scholarship to become a Special Education teacher in South Phoenix to teach underserved youth.
Growing up in an underserved neighborhood himself, Bolding understood firsthand the obstacles and barriers faced by youth and families in these communities and wanted to help create change. He has launched and founded several social ventures focused on community and youth employment. In 2010, he started a non-profit organization to provide students from low-income communities access to internships and workforce development training at top companies and organizations in Arizona. Currently, Bolding runs a civic engagement organization, Arizona Coalition for Change, which empowers everyday citizens to grow their civic and political power to change their communities for the better.
Nationally, Bolding serves as the Chair of Business and Economic Development for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. In the community Bolding sits on the Board of Directors for the Childrens Museum of Phoenix and Leading for Change. Bolding lives in Phoenix with his wife Cymone and their daughter Faith.
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