David Lujan

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David Lujan
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 15th district
Assumed office
January 2012
Preceded by Kyrsten Sinema
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 15th district
In office
January 2005 – January 2011
Personal details
Born (1965-04-07) April 7, 1965 (age 53)
Political party Democratic
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Alma mater Arizona State University

David Lujan is an Arizona politician who served in the Arizona legislature from 2005 until 2013. He was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004 representing most of the central Phoenix area. He served a total of three terms in the House from 2005 until 2011, and one term in the Senate from 2012-2013. He was the House Minority Leader from 2009-2011. While in the House of Representatives, Lujan was the Ranking Democrat on the House Education committee and served on the Appropriations committee. Lujan received many awards while serving in the Arizona legislature, including being named Public Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.[1]

For most of the time he served in the legislature, Lujan also held a second elected office, serving as a school board member for the Phoenix Union High School District. He was first elected to the school board in 2002 and he was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2006. He served as Board President from 2007-2008. Upon becoming Board President, Lujan lead efforts to unanimously pass a resolution urging Congress to pass the Dream Act, providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrant students. At the time, the Phoenix Union Board was one of the first elected bodies in Arizona to pass such a resolution. [2]

In 2010, Lujan was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary when he ran to be Arizona's Attorney General in the Arizona 2010 election.[3]

Lujan became an Arizona State Senator on January 11, 2012 when he was appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to complete the term of Kyrsten Sinema who resigned to run for the United States Congress.

In August 2013, Lujan ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Phoenix City Council.[4][5]

Lujan is an attorney. While he served in the Arizona legislature from 2005 to 2010, he was the staff attorney for Defenders of Children, a nonprofit advocacy group that provides legal services to assist children who are victims of abuse. From 2011 to 2014, he was the Chief Administrator for ASU Preparatory Academy, a college preparatory charter school serving Kindergarten through 12th grade in downtown Phoenix.

Lujan is currently the Director of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies to create jobs and grow the Arizona economy.[6]


  1. ^ "Award Winners State Level - National Association of Social Workers - Arizona Chapter". Naswaz.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "AABE--Phoenix Union lends support to federal DREAM Act". Azbilingualed.org. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Duda, Jeremy. "Lujan launches AG campaign via video – Arizona Capitol Times". Azcapitoltimes.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lujan to file for Phoenix City Council - Rose Law Group Reporter". Roselawgroupreporter.com. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "David Lujan stands out on merit, not lineage". Archive.azcentral.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Staff - Childrens Action Alliance". Azchildren.org. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 

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