Randall Friese

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Randall Friese
Randall Friese by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 9th district
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Personal details
BornBaltimore, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic Party
ResidenceTucson, Arizona
Alma materUniversity of Maryland (B.S.)
University of Maryland (M.D.)
University of Texas (M.S.)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Navy.svgUnited States Navy
Years of service1997–2001
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Lieutenant commander
UnitNavy Medical Corps

Randall S. Friese is an American surgeon and politician from the state of Arizona. A member of the Democratic Party, Friese serves in the Arizona House of Representatives.


Friese earned his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1986. He received a medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a master of science in clinical sciences from the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School in 2008.[1]

From 1997 to 2001, Friese served in the United States Navy's Medical Corps. He left the service as a lieutenant commander.

Friese is a trauma surgeon,[2] and he served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center. He now is a surgeon for Banner Health following the 2015 merger with UAHN.[1] He treated U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and nine-year-old Christina Taylor-Green after they were shot in the 2011 Tucson shooting.[3][4]

Friese ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in District 9 as a member of the Democratic Party in the 2014 elections. He defeated Republican incumbent Ethan Orr by 0.12% of the vote.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Candidate : Randy Friese". tucson.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Gosar won't challenge McCain". azcentral. March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  3. ^ McKinnon, Shaun (February 8, 2011). "Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Desperate for word". USA Today. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Grady, Denise; Medina, Jennifer (January 14, 2011). "From Bloody Scene to E.R., Lifesaving Choices in Tucson". The New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "Incumbent Ethan Orr Ousted in State House Race". azpm.org. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  6. ^ Pitzl, Mary Jo (November 12, 2014). "Legislature, state retain same partisan makeup". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2014 General Election November 4, 2014" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 9. Retrieved March 18, 2016.

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