Jonathan Nez

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Jonathan Nez
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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 47)
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 in the 2018 election after having served as Vice President from 2015 to 2019.[3][4][5]

At 43 years of age, Nez is the youngest person to have ever been elected President of the Navajo Nation.[4] Earlier in his career, Jonathan Nez served as a council delegate representing Tsah Bii Kin, Navajo Mountain, Shonto, & Oljato Chapters.

Early life and education[edit]

Nez was born in Tuba City, Arizona,[6] and attended Northland Pioneer College and Northern Arizona University.[5] He attained both a BS in Political science and a Masters of Public Administration from NAU.[5]

Early political career[edit]

Earlier in his career, Nez served as vice president of the Navajo Nation's Shonto chapter. He also served as a delegate to the Navajo Nation Council, where he repsented the Oljato, Ts'ah Bii' Kin, Navajo Mountain, and Shonto chapters.[5]

In 2015, he was elected Vice President of the Navajo Nation in a ticket led by Russell Begaye. He was formally sworn into office on May 12, 2015.[7]

President of the Navajo Nation (2019-present)[edit]

On November 6, 2018, Nez was elected President of the Navajo Nation by a margin of 33.07% of the vote versus former President Joe Shirley Jr.[8][9] Shirley had received the endorsement of Begaye and also boasted high name recognition owing to his former tenure. Nez is a candidate for reelection in 2022.[10] During the campaign, Nez endorsed the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Navajo Nation.[11]

COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

As President, Nez has been tasked with overseeing the Navajo Nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By September 2021, the Navajo Nation's COVID-19 vaccination rate was higher than in most other parts of Arizona.[12]

U.S. national politics[edit]

Nez was an early primary supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and served on the Hillary for America Arizona Leadership Council.[13]

Nez was selected as one of seventeen speakers to jointly deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.[14] He was one of the electors for Arizona in 2020 for the presidential election.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer". www.facebook.com. 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 Becenti, Arlyssa (7 Nov 2018). "Nez wins by 19,000 votes". Navajo Times. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "President Jonathan Nez". www.opvp.navajo-nsn.gov. 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. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Becenti, Arlyssa (7 Nov 2018). "Nez wins by 19,000 votes". Navajo Times. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Jonathan Nez launches bid for re-election as president of Navajo Nation". Indianz.Com. 2022-04-25. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  11. ^ "Gay couples from largest Native American tribe call for marriage equality". SBS News. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  12. ^ "Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez talks current state of COVID-19". KNXV. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  13. ^ "Native push for Bernie Sanders fails to translate into more votes". Indianz. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  14. ^ "Democrats Unveil A New Kind of Convention Keynote". 2020 Democratic National Convention. 16 August 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Arizona Certificate of Ascertainment" (PDF). National Archives. Retrieved 14 December 2020.

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