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Pete Hershberger

Pete Hershberger

Arizona State Representative
Arizona House of Representatives


Pete Hershberger has worked for over 35 years in child welfare and juvenile justice and brought his experience and passion for children's issues to the Legislature in 2001. He has a M.Ed. in Education from the University of Arizona and is a licensed counselor. Prior to his election Pete served for three years on the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona. Pete is active in his community through his involvement in the Rotary Club of Tucson and the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Pete is currently serving his fourth term in the Arizona House of Representatives. He is Chairman of the House Human Services Committee and is co-founder and co-chair of the Arizona Children's Caucus. The Children's Caucus is a bi-partisan and bi-cameral group of legislators working together to promote children's safety, health and education. He is the recognized leader in the Arizona Legislature on children's issues.

Pete also serves as Chairman of the Human Services Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and is one of nine legislators in the country to serve on the Legislative Working Group of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Pete has received dozens of national, state and local awards for his achievements and service on behalf of children, including National Legislator of the Year in 2003 from the federal Division of Child Support Enforcement and National Legislator of the Month in 2004 from the Center on Policy Alternatives.

Representative Hershberger participated in the Greater Tucson Leadership, Leadership 2000 Class, the University of Arizona's Southwest Leadership Program in 2001 and Center for Policy Alternatives' Flemming Fellowship Leadership Class of 2004.

Pete has shown the courage to rise above partisan politics to support common sense policy for Arizona and has been recognized by the voters of District 26 for his consistent leadership and his family legacy. Pete is the first person in Arizona to serve in the same seat previously held by each of his parents.