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Member Since: 2013
Jamescita Mae Peshlakai is currently serving her first term in the Arizona Senate as the state's first Native American woman senator, representing legislative district 7. She formerly served in the state House of Representatives in the Fifty-first Legislature from 2013 to 2015. She currently serves as an advisor on veterans affairs and Arizona issues to the Navajo Nation president in addition to her elected office.
Sen. Peshlakai is Diné — Navajo, of the Tangle People clan, born for the Red House clan. Her maternal grandfathers are the Bitter Water clan, and her paternal grandfathers are the Cliff Dweller clan.
Sen. Peshlakai comes from a line of tribal headmen and officials and values her family's legacy of public service. One hundred thirteen years ago, two of her great-grandfathers, Chíshí Nééz and Béésh Łigaii Atsidii, met with President Theodore Roosevelt to negotiate the annexation of the western part of the Navajo Nation to protect it from settlers. Born, raised, and living in the district, her constituents are family and LD7 is home.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University. As a young woman, she served in the U.S. Army and is a Persian Gulf War veteran. A veterans' advocate, she recently spearheaded an initiative to create an independent veterans affairs agency for the Navajo Nation and succeeded.
Over the years in her professional career, she served as director of policy and programs for several organizations, such as the Arizona Foundation for Women and Native Americans for Community Action. In previous endeavors, she co-founded the Peshlakai Cultural Foundation and founded the Western Navajo Agency Food Policy Council.
Sen. Peshlakai's culturally diverse district spans the seven counties of Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Mohave, Navajo, and Pinal — including the communities of Fredonia, Page, Winslow, Show Low, Eager, and St. Johns. Nine tribes comprise most of the district's constituents — Hualapai, Havasupai, Kaibab Paiute, San Juan Southern Paiute, Navajo, Hopi, White Mountain Apache, San Carlos Apache and a small portion of Zuni Pueblo. The district is the largest legislative district in the contiguous United States, stretching from near Lake Mead to the Four Corners National Monument and south beyond Globe. It contains some of the most beautiful parks and natural wonders in the world — the Grand Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks, Monument Valley, the White Mountains, and the Colorado River.
|Bill Number||Sponsor Type||Short Title|
|HB2426||C||state employees; paid family leave|
|HB2455||C||state aviation fund; purpose|
|HB2456||C||appropriation; state aviation fund|
|HB2457||C||school instruction; AIDS; homosexuality.|
|HB2497||C||single use plastics; recyclables; fee|
|HB2498||C||hydraulic fracturing; prohibition|
|HB2499||C||appropriation; Navajo veterans housing assistance|
|SB1099||C||patriotic youth groups; school access|