Brenda Barton

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Brenda Barton
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Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 6th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Serving with Bob Thorpe
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 5th district
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2013
Serving with Chester Crandell
Personal details
Born Artesia, Arizona
Nationality American
Political party Republican

Brenda Barton is an American politician who is a member of the Arizona House of Representatives representing Arizona's 6th Legislative District. She serves in leadership as the Chairman of the House Agriculture, Water and Lands Committee. She has served on the committee since 2010 and been Chairman since 2012.[1]

Barton's district reaches from the Grand Canyon, through Flagstaff and Sedona and east through Payson to the White Mountains. The population of her Legislative District is over 216,000, and Flagstaff is the largest metropolitan area within her District.[2]

Frustrated by the economic impacts to her rural district caused by the United States federal government shutdown in 2013, as well as the administration's initial refusal to allow Arizona to keep the park open, Barton took to Facebook to express her anger over the losses of over $1.6 million per day being suffered by her rural communities and compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

A Pioneer Arizonan, her family first settled in the Territory in 1870. Barton was born near the historic family homestead in Artesia, Arizona. After over twenty years service in accounting and materials management with the City of Safford, she retired in 2009. She participated in the Sagebrush rebellion, and Barton is a former county officer with People for the West, an advocacy group promoting private property rights and opposing federal intervention in western lands. She attended and graduated from The Leadership Institute as well as the Western Legislative Academy in Colorado. Barton is also a graduate of the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series and a former state officer with the Arizona Federation of Republican Women.[4]


  • 2014 Barton and Bob Thorpe were unopposed in the Republican primary. Thorpe and Barton defeated Morrison in the general election.[5]
  • 2012 Barton and Bob Thorpe ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012 with 41,122 votes.[6]
  • 2010 With House District 5 incumbent Democratic Representative retiring and Republican Representative Bill Konopnicki running for Arizona Senate and leaving both seats open, Barton ran in the three-way August 24, 2010 Republican Primary and placed first;[7] in the four-way November 2, 2010 General election Barton took the first seat and fellow Republican nominee Chester Crandell took the second seat with ahead of Democratic nominees Bill Shumway and Prescott Winslow.[8][9]


In 2014, Representative Barton authored two pieces of legislation that were signed into law: HB2523, Authorization of Water Supply Development, and HB2343, which created a funding mechanism to clear the fuel load on Arizona State Lands.[10][11]

Representative Barton attempted to increase supplemental funding levels for Arizona community colleges in 2014. The budget appropriation for $25 million was successfully opposed by budget hawks in the Conservative Caucus.[12]

Barton also co-sponsored Senator Crandell's SB1093. A minor bill, the proposed legislation would have required federal law enforcement and other agencies conducting enforcement activities (such as the EPA or BLM) in an Arizona county to cooperate with and provide the county sheriff documentation of their legal authority to conduct an enforcement activity within their county.[13][14] The proposed bill also stipulated that half of all fines imposed by the federal government must be turned over to Arizona's general fund.[13][14] The bill was voted down in the Senate Rules Committee and was never brought to a floor vote.[13]


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  3. ^ Stableford, Dylan. "Lawmaker refers to Obama as Der Fuhrer: Arizona Rep. Brenda Barton angry over government shutdown". Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
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  5. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2014 General Election November 4, 2014" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 9. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2012 General Election November 6, 2012" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 12, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2010 Primary Election - August 24, 2010" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2010 General Election - November 2, 2010" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
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  10. ^ "HB2523: Water Supply Development Projects". Arizona State Legislature. 
  11. ^ "HB2343: Wildfire Prevention, State Trust Lands". Arizona State Legislature. 
  12. ^ "hb2588: Supplemental Funding for Certain Community Colleges". Arizona State Legislature. 
  13. ^ a b c Aleshire, Pete (March 13, 2014). "Local Lawmakers Would Make Sheriffs Ultimate Authority". Payson Roundup. Archived from the original on May 15, 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. A bill sponsored by Rim Country’s state legislative delegation that would have required federal law enforcement personnel to register with local sheriffs and turn over half of their fines to the counties has died in committee ... The law represented an effort to write into state law a movement that insists county sheriffs have a constitutional position superior to the federal government — so they don’t have to adhere to federal law if they think that law is in conflict with the U.S. Constitution ... The Senate Rules Committee voted against the bill 2-4, effectively killing it. The committee’s attorney said the bill would probably violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives federal laws priority over conflicting state laws. 
  14. ^ a b "SB1093: federal agencies; registration with sheriff". Arizona State Legislature. 

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