Carlyle W. Begay
|Member of the Arizona Senate|
from the 7 district
January 2013 – January 9, 2017
|Preceded by||Jack Jackson, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Jamescita Peshlakai|
|Born||Tuba City, Arizona|
|Political party||Democratic (until 2015)|
|Alma mater||University of Arizona|
Carlyle W. Begay is an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he represented the seventh district in the Arizona State Senate which is the largest Legislative State District in the Continental United States.
Begay is Navajo and was born on the Navajo Nation and he is Tó’tsohnii (Big Water), born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House) clans. His maternal grandparents are Tl'izi lani (Many Goats clan). His paternal grandparents are also of the Tl'izi lani (Many Goats clan). Begay is a lifetime resident of Arizona and grew up on the Navajo Nation near Black Mesa and was raised under the teachings of his ancestry, instilling in him the importance of remembering the story of his people and carrying it on to his descendants.
Begay graduated from the University of Arizona with an Associate of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and was a student in the Minority Medical Education Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He also attended the Arizona International College's Natural Sciences and Mathematics program in Tucson, Arizona; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Winter Institute, in Baltimore, Maryland; and the Harvard School of Public Health's Public Health Studies program in Boston, Massachusetts.
Begay succeeded Jack Jackson, Jr. in the Arizona State Senate in 2013 after Jackson's resignation. On November 23, 2015, Begay announced that he switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
- "Residency of new legislator Begay questioned". azcentral.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- "Arizona lawmaker Carlyle Begay switches political party". azcentral. November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
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