JoAnna Mendoza

JoAnna Mendoza was born and raised in Pinal County, Arizona. From the age of eight years old, she worked alongside her parents in the cotton fields during the summer, until she got a job as a waitress at the age of sixteen. At seventeen, upon graduating high school, she made the decision to enlisted in the US Navy. After serving one enlistment and receiving an honorable discharge, she once again answered the call to serve her nation and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999. JoAnna served in many capacities during her tenure in the Marine Corps, including as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. In 2016, JoAnna made the decision to retire from the Marine Corps and has since spent her time advocating for vulnerable populations such as Veterans, military, and their families. She worked as the Veteran Services Representative for the Office of Congressman Tom O’Halleran, published a book titled “Esprit de Corps: Guiding Principles and Spirituality for Modern Marine Teams”, and currently works as a Veterans Outreach Coordinator for Pima Community College. JoAnna is a dedicated community servant and an advocate for many causes, particularly bringing awareness to Veterans issues, the needs of rural communities, and children. JoAnna is running on a platform dedicated to the needs of District 11 residents. They deserve to have elected representatives who listen, understand the needs of different communities, and advocate for them at the Capitol. As a State Senator, JoAnna will fight for quality public education; improved water conservation and other environmental sustainability policies; improving access to healthcare services, particularly in rural areas; and ensuring that our veterans, military service members, and their families have the resources they need to be successful.