Jonathan Nez

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Jonathan Nez
Jonathan Nez - 2020.jpg
Nez in 2020
9th President of the Navajo Nation
Assumed office
January 15, 2019
Vice PresidentMyron Lizer
Preceded byRussell Begaye
9th Vice President of the Navajo Nation
In office
May 12, 2015 – January 15, 2019
PresidentRussell Begaye
Preceded byRex Lee Jim
Succeeded byMyron Lizer
Personal details
Born (1975-05-26) May 26, 1975 (age 45)
Tuba City, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Phefelia Herbert
EducationNorthland Pioneer College
Northern Arizona University (BS, MPA)

Jonathan Nez (born May 26, 1975[1][2]) is the 9th and current president of the Navajo Nation. He was elected President of the Navajo Nation on November 6, 2018.[3] Before his election, Nez served as Vice President from 2015 until his inauguration in early January 2019.[4] At 43 years of age, Nez is the youngest person to have ever been elected President of the Navajo Nation.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Nez was born in Tuba City, Arizona,[6] and attended Northland Pioneer College and Northern Arizona University.[4] He attained both a BS in Political science and a Masters of Public Administration from NAU.[4]

Before being elected Vice President of the Navajo Nation, Nez served as vice president of the Shonto chapter, delegate to the Navajo Nation Council representing the Oljato, Ts'ah Bii' Kin, Navajo Mountain, and Shonto chapters.[4] He was sworn in to the office of Vice President of the Navajo Nation on May 12, 2015,[7] and sworn in to office of President on January 15, 2019.[8]

Nez was selected as one of seventeen speakers to jointly deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.[9]

He was one of the electors for Arizona in 2020 for the presidential election.[10]


  1. ^ "Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer". Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  2. ^ "Nez: Youngest ever". Navajo Times. 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  3. ^ Smith, Noel Lyn (2018-11-08). "Voters on the Navajo Nation elect president, council delegates". Farmington Daily Times. Archived from the original on 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  4. ^ a b c d "Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan M. Nez" (PDF). United States House of Representatives. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-05-19. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  5. ^ Becenti, Arlyssa (2018-11-07). "Nez wins by 19,000 votes". The Navajo Times. Archived from the original on 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  6. ^ "President Jonathan Nez". Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  7. ^ Donovan, Bill (2015-05-12). "A number of firsts at Navajo presidential inauguration". The Navajo Times. Archived from the original on 2015-05-17. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  8. ^ "The Latest: Jonathan Nez sworn in as Navajo Nation president". AP NEWS. 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  9. ^ "Democrats Unveil A New Kind of Convention Keynote". 2020 Democratic National Convention. 16 August 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Arizona Certificate of Ascertainment" (PDF). National Archives. Retrieved 14 December 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Russell Begaye
President of the Navajo Nation
Party political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Warren
Keynote Speaker of the Democratic National Convention
Served alongside: Stacey Abrams, Raumesh Akbari, Colin Allred, Brendan Boyle, Yvanna Cancela, Kathleen Clyde, Nikki Fried, Robert Garcia, Malcolm Kenyatta, Marlon Kimpson, Conor Lamb, Mari Manoogian, Victoria Neave, Sam Park, Denny Ruprecht, Randall Woodfin
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