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|Member of the Arizona Senate|
from the 9th district
|Assumed office |
January 14, 2019
|Preceded by||Steve Farley|
|Member of the Arizona House of Representatives|
from the 9th district
January 2013 – January 11, 2016
Serving with Randy Friese
|Succeeded by||Matt Kopec|
|Alma mater||Prescott College |
University of Phoenix
Victoria Steele is a Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 9 since January 14, 2019. She is a twice elected former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving from 2013 to 2016. She is also a board member of NOW, the National Organization for Women. In 2019, she began the podcast Wait, What? Politics with Zuma and Steele, co-hosting with DC journalist Jimmy Zuma.
She enjoyed a 25-year career in radio and television news. Dedicated to making positive social change she continues to work to inspire people and influence public decision makers to positive change the world.
She is also an accomplished keynote speaker, teacher and trainer experienced in presenting on Native American Culture, empowering women and a variety of public policy issues.
Before entering the world of politics, Victoria was a master's-level professional helping women struggling with trauma and addiction. She created the Native Ways program at The Haven, an award-winning substance-use residential treatment program for Indigenous women.
Before serving in the legislature, Steele had a career as a radio and TV anchor. Steele is of Seneca/Cayuga Native and German ancestry. When she was in the legislature previously, Victoria was on the board of the National Caucus of the Native American State Legislators.
In July 2015, she announced that she would run in the 2nd congressional district of Arizona for the 2016 United States House of Representatives, hoping to challenge incumbent Martha McSally. She resigned from the Arizona legislature in January 2016 to focus on her congressional race. Steele has been endorsed in the Democratic primary by U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva.
Victoria currently provides keynote speaking and workplace training on subjects such as Women's Equality, The Gender Leadership Gap, and Women in Politics. Victoria Steele is the State Legislative Coordinator for the National Organization for Women and co-founder of the Tucson NOW Chapter
- The Tucson Weekly, "It's Official: State Rep. Victoria Steele is Running for Congress & Hopes to Unseat McSally," July 7, 2015
- Nintzel, Jim (January 12, 2016). "State Rep. Victoria Steele Resigns To Focus on Congressional Run: Who Wants To Be a Lawmaker?". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
- TucsonSentinel.com. "Grijalva puts weight behind Steele candidacy". TucsonSentinel.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
- "Grijalva Endorses Steele in CD2 Dem Primary: "Victoria Represents Big Goals and Big Ideas"". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2016-02-21.