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  • Public Service
    Ron Barber is an American politician who was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2012-15. Barber, a Democrat from Arizona, served as district director for U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords before Giffords resigned her seat due to the severe injuries she sustained in an assassination attempt, in which Barber was also injured.
  • Public Service
    Betsey Bayless earned a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Arizona, where, as a Phi Beta Kappa, she received the Freeman Medal as outstanding graduate in 1966.  Bayless became the Republican Secretary of State of Arizona from Sept. 5, 1997 until Jan. 6, 2003.  In 2005, Bayless was hired as the chief executive officer for the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), the public hospital and health care system of Maricopa County. Bayless has been credited with restoring the MIHS to financial viability and expansion of hospital facilities.
  • Public Service
    Richard Carmona is an American physician, police officer, public health administrator, and politician. He was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States.
  • Public Service
    Raul H. Castro was a Mexican-born American politician. He has served in both elected and non-elected public offices, including United States Ambassador and the 14th governor of Arizona (1975–77). He was the first Mexican American to be elected governor of Arizona.
  • Public Service
    Anna Maria Chávez is an attorney, inspirational speaker, writer and community leader. From 2011-16, Chávez served as the chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA and was the first woman of color to head the organization.
  • Public Service
    Dennis DeConcini is a former Democratic U.S. Senator from Arizona. The son of former Arizona Supreme Court Judge Evo Anton DeConcini, he represented Arizona in the United States Senate from 1977 until 1995.
  • Public Service
    David Dewhurst is a politician, businessman, and attorney who served as the 41st lieutenant governor of Texas from 2003 to 2015.
  • Public Service
    Paul Fannin was an American businessman and politician. A Republican, he served as a U.S. Senator from Arizona from 1965 to 1977. He previously served as the 11th governor of Arizona from 1959 to 1965.
  • Public Service
    Samuel Pearson Goddard Jr. (1919-2006) was an American politician and the 12th governor of Arizona, serving from January 1965 till January 1967. He also remained active in politics following his term in office, serving on the Democratic National Committee and as chairman of the Arizona Democratic State Committee.
  • Public Service
    Barry M. Goldwater (1908-1998) was a businessman and five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953–65, 1969–87) and the Republican Party's nominee for president in the 1964 election.
  • Public Service
    Aleena Hernandez is the principal and founder of Red Star Innovations, LLC and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona, College of Public Health, and Division of Health Promotion Sciences. Red Star Innovations specializes in national public health consulting services, specifically in the area of performance, capacity and infrastructure development with tribes, tribal and non-profit organizations, associations and federal, state and local governments.
  • Public Service
    Jon Kyl is a former United States Senator from Arizona, where he served as Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest position in the Republican Senate leadership. He currently works in the lobbying group at the law firm Covington & Burling.

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