Robert Meza

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Robert Meza
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 30th district
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byDebbie McCune Davis
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 14th district
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 10, 2011
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePhoenix, Arizona
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame

Robert Meza is an American politician from Phoenix, Arizona who has served as a member of the Arizona State Senate since January 2011. Prior to his election to the Arizona State Senate, Meza served four terms in the Arizona House of Representatives.

A Democrat, he represents the reliably Democratic 30th legislative district which covers parts of central and west Phoenix and part of Glendale, Arizona. He was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002 and won re-election in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Term limits prevented him from seeking a fifth House term in 2010, he ran unopposed for the district's Arizona State Senate seat.[1]

While serving in the Arizona House of Representatives and in his first term in the Arizona State Senate, Meza represented the 14th Legislative District. Meza began serving the 30th Legislative District following the 2012 election. This was due to redistricting based on results from the 2010 Census.

In the 2017-2018 legislative biennium, he serves on three committees: Commerce and Public Safety, Government, and Senate Ethics.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Meza spent seven years in the banking industry, where he worked on small and commercial loans. He is currently employed by AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization that works with Arizona's Latino community.[2]

He is openly gay,[3] and serves alongside three other openly LGBT legislators: Rep. Daniel Hernández Jr., D-Tucson, Rep. César Chávez, D-Phoenix; and Rep. Tony Navarrete, D-Phoenix.

In October 2017, on National Coming Out Day, the four lawmakers announced the creation of a new LGBTQ Caucus in the legislature.[4]

Elections[edit]

Meza was unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Republican John Lyon in the general election with 66% of the vote.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arizona Secretary of State: 2010 candidate filing". Archived from the original on June 28, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "Rep. Robert Meza — 'People want solutions — they're not into ideology'". Arizona Capitol Times. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-07-29.[dead link]
  3. ^ "More seats for gays looks chancy". Arizona Daily Star. 2002-09-28. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
  4. ^ "Gay Lawmakers Create First LGBTQ Caucus at Arizona Legislature". The Arizona Republic. October 12, 2017.
  5. ^ (PDF) http://apps.azsos.gov/election/2016/General/Official%20Signed%20State%20Canvass.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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