Athena Salman

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Athena Salman
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Serving with Isela Blanc
Preceded byJuan Mendez
Personal details
Born1989 (age 28–29)
Political partyDemocratic

Athena Salman is an American politician, activist and a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives elected to represent District 26 in 2016.


Salman graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with degrees in economics and political science.[citation needed]


Salman supported Proposition 205, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older.[1]

Salman is an atheist.[2]

Salman voted against teacher pay increases. [3]


In 2016, Salman and Isela Blanc defeated incumbent Celeste Plumlee, who had been appointed following the resignation of Andrew Sherwood, and Michael Martinez in the District 26 Democratic primary. Salman and Blanc defeated Republican Steven Adkins and Green party candidate Cara Trujillo in the general election.[4]

During the campaign, it was reported that Salman was in a relationship with District 26 state senator Juan Mendez.[5][6]


  1. ^ "District 26 candidates define their positions at debate". 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
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  4. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2016 General Election November 8, 2016" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-20. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Wasser, Miriam (2016-05-25). "Readers Rail at 'Sexist' Story in Arizona Capitol Times". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  6. ^ Stephenson, Hank. "Lawmaker and girlfriend leave Plumlee to fend for herself in Tempe – Arizona Capitol Times". Retrieved 2017-03-25.

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