Dr. Randy Friese is a veteran, doctor, scientist, and educator who has made it his mission to save and improve lives. He has been a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 9 since 2014. He has served as the assistant minority leader.
Randy served in the Navy and is a trauma surgeon and critical care specialist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he operated on and cared for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Ron Barber, and other victims of the January 8, 2011 attack in Tucson.
In 2014, Randy ran for the state legislature and was the only Democrat to unseat a Republican incumbent in Arizona that year. In the State House, his colleagues chose him for leadership as he fought for progressive legislation and even passed bills supporting public education and support for opioid addicts through a Republican-dominated state government. He’s a progressive problem-solver who will team with anyone to put good, lasting policy ahead of politics.
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In this 6-minute video, Dr. Friese says he is a scientist running for Congress. He will:
- Continue to work to get gun safety laws passed.
- Will use active listening and critical thinking to work across the aisle.
- Expand access to healthcare.
- On immigration, he will help people fleeing countries in humanitarian crises to get through the asylum process in a timely manner.
- Work to keep CD2 blue. It was in Republican hands from 2015 to 2019.
Randy was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and entered active-duty military service with the Navy Medical Corps, where he worked to keep our brave men and women safe and healthy.
After leaving active duty at the rank of Lt. Commander, Randy taught and worked at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center before moving on to join the University of Arizona College of Medicine as Professor of Surgery and teach a new generation of doctors.
As a trauma surgeon, Randy works with a team to save lives. He doesn’t focus on politics, he just does what it takes to help people.
Randy has taken that same approach to the Arizona state legislature, where he’s worked effectively with members of the Republican majority to restore funding for career-training and technical programs to attract new employers to Arizona, pass KidsCare to provide insurance coverage to tens of thousands of low-income children and fight to strengthen education and pay good teachers what they deserve.