2008 - Amanda Aguirre

Amanda Aguirre has been involved for more than 25 years in public health education and administration with a strong emphasis in U.S.-Mexico border health issues and has lived in Yuma for the past 23 years. She possesses a life-long commitment to education since she was raised by parents who were both elementary school teachers. From them she developed her Democratic values to work hard and serve her community before all else.  Senator Aguirre holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Sonora in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. In 1981, she received her Master’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles, in Nutrition, with a focus on feeding problems of children with developmental disabilities.  Ms. Aguirre became the first female and first Hispanic to represent District 24 (Yuma and La Paz Counties) in the Arizona State House of Representatives on February 2003, when the Yuma County Board of Supervisors appointed her to the 46th Arizona State Legislature. She was later elected to serve in the House of Representatives for a full term a year later, and the Arizona State Senate in 2006.  Other notable efforts include the successful community involved clean-up of illegal dumping sites in her district, and hosting county-wide child immunization events.

How Amanda has Helped Arizona

Amanda Aguirre sponsored a bill that passed on May 12, 2008 that adds preparatory offenses like second degree murder or sexual assault of a minor to the list of Dangerous Crimes Against Children if these crimes cause physical injury and are committed against a minor under the age of 12. She also led the fight against animal fighting in Arizona.