Paula Aboud

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Paula Aboud
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 28th district
In office
January 9, 2006 – January 14, 2013
Preceded by Gabrielle Giffords
Succeeded by Adam Driggs
Personal details
Born (1950-03-20) March 20, 1950 (age 67)
Tucson, Arizona
Political party Democratic
Residence Tucson, Arizona
Alma mater University of Arizona
Profession educator, real estate agent, property manager
Religion Episcopalian

Paula Aboud (born March 20, 1950) is an American politician who was a member of the Arizona Senate, representing the 28th District. A Democrat, she served as the Senate's minority whip.

Early life[edit]

Aboud was born in Tucson, Arizona. She attended Tucson High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arizona. After receiving a teaching certificate, she taught English and coached girls' tennis and volleyball at Rincon High School for several years. Afterward she followed her family in entering the real estate field for five years, before relocating to Waterville, Maine, where she coached college tennis and squash at Colby College. An illness in her family led her to return to Tucson to work as property manager for her family's real estate business.[1]

Political career[edit]

In addition to her professional career Aboud was a long-time activist for the Tucson Democratic Party. On January 3, 2006 she was appointed to the Arizona State Senate by the Pima County Board of Supervisors, following the resignation of Gabrielle Giffords, who stepped down to run for the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 28th legislative district, centering on Tucson.

Following her appointment, she was elected in her own right later in 2006. In the Democratic primary election on September 12, she saw off a challenge from State Representative Ted Downing, and faced no Republican opponent in the general election. She was re-elected unopposed in 2008 and faced only independent challengers in 2010 (including Ted Downing), prevailing easily.[2]

In March 2012, Aboud announced her candidacy for Congress, seeking to run in the Democratic primary for Giffords' House seat in the newly renumbered 2nd congressional district.[3] She withdrew from the race shortly thereafter and endorsed Ron Barber.[4] Under Arizona's term limits law, she was unable to run for re-election to the senate in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

She was one of four openly LGBT members of the Arizona State Legislature, serving alongside Senators Jack Jackson, Jr. (D–Window Rock) and Robert Meza (D–Phoenix), as well as Representative Matt Heinz (D–Tucson).[5] Her campaigns have won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.[6]


  1. ^ Paula Aboud, Minority Whip. "Paula Aboud". Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Downing leaves Dems, will challenge Aboud". Arizona Daily Star. May 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Aboud in, Walden out following Barber announcement". Arizona Capitol Times. March 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Christie, Bob (March 31, 2012). "Aboud ends race for Congress, endorses Barber". The Arizona Republic. 
  5. ^ "GLLI: Out officials". Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Victory Fund endorses record-number 77 candidates". The Advocate. 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 

External links[edit]

Arizona Senate
Preceded by
Gabrielle Giffords
Arizona Senator from the 28th District
Succeeded by
Adam Driggs
Party political offices
Preceded by
Linda J. Lopez
Minority Whip of the Arizona Senate
Succeeded by
Lupe Contreras