Anna Tovar

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Anna Tovar
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Mayor of Tolleson, Arizona
Assumed office
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 19th district
In office
Preceded by Rich Crandall
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Tolleson, Arizona
Alma mater Arizona State University

Anna Tovar is an American politician who currently serves as the Mayor of Tolleson, Arizona, and is a former State Senator representing the 19th district; she was also previously a State Representative. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Personal life and education[edit]

Tovar was raised in Tolleson, Arizona, where she met her husband, Juan Carlos Tovar.[1] Tovar earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Before going into politics, Tovar taught kindergarten and first grade.[2] She and her husband have two children.[3]

In 2002, Tovar was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, which required her to undergo chemotherapy and two bone-marrow transplants from her brother.[4]

Political career[edit]

Before being elected to the Arizona legislature, Tovar served on the Tolleson City Council and was also Tolleson's Vice Mayor.[3]

Tovar was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. Tovar was elected to the Arizona Senate in 2012; she serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Judiciary Committee. She is the Senate Democratic Minority Leader.[5]

Tovar supports raising education spending, reforming the tax code, stopping the expansion of private prisons, and instituting stronger restrictions on gifts to legislators.[2]

Tovar has been affiliated with JAG-Jobs for Arizona Graduates, WiLL/WAND- Women's Actions for New Directions, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the National Hispanic Caucus for State Legislators.[2]


  1. ^ Westlake, Joan (March 2013). "Leading the Way". Latino Perspectives Magazine. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Anna Tovar". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Anna Tovar". Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Pitzl, Mary Jo (January 2, 2011). "Arizona transplant policy personal for legislator". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Anna Tovar". Arizona State Senate. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 

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