Senator Rebecca Rios was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives for LD27 in 2014 and served as the House Democratic Leader. She was elected to the Arizona Senate in 2018. She has a long personal and family history of public service. Rebecca represented a rural Pinal county in the legislature from 1995-2010, and is the daughter of Pete Rios, former Arizona State Senate President. Rebecca and Pete Rios are the only father – daughter team to serve together in the Arizona State Legislature.
Rebecca brings 25 years of experience in the behavioral health and nonprofit fields to the legislature. Her top legislative priorities include increasing funding for schools and childcare subsidies and protecting a woman’s right to choose. She has sponsored a bill to create an after school program grant fund, which would create programs that provide tutoring or homework assistance in subjects like language arts, math, history and science. In addition, she co-sponsored the right to work bill, which would ensure that a person could not be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of membership or nonmembership in a labor organization.
Rebecca Rios currently works as the Senior Government Affairs Advisor for Florence Copper, and serves as President of the Florence Copper Community Foundation. A fourth generation Arizona native, Rebecca earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees from Arizona State University, School of Social Work.