Democrat Kirsten Engel was first elected in 2016 to the Arizona House, representing LD10, and was elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2020.
She announced she is running for Congress in CD2 (Tucson) on March 19, after incumbent Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick announced she would not seek another term.
As a legislator, Kirsten worked to restore funding to public schools, protect Arizona’s natural resources, and make our communities safer by reforming the state’s criminal justice system.
She is a University of Arizona law professor, state legislator, and champion of southern Arizona values.
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“I began my career in the political field as a member of my daughter’s PTA. There, I was able to see first-hand the importance of rolling up your sleeves and getting involved,” she says.
“As a legislator, I’ve fought to restore funding to public schools, protect our natural resources, and make our communities safer by reforming the state’s criminal justice system.
Specializing in environmental and administrative law, Kirsten has taught at some of America’s most prestigious universities, including Tulane and Harvard. She now teaches at the University of Arizona, where she served as Associate Dean and Director of the Environmental Law Program.
“Now I want to take the fight to Washington to help southern Arizona families and small businesses to recover from the global pandemic but also to build a sustainable economy with opportunities for all.
“Our campaign will always reflect the values that my parents, two proud teachers, instilled in me: that every person has a voice and has a right to be heard and that together there is no problem we can’t solve.”
Arizona Senate Republicans are encouraging and wielding conspiracy theories. They are undermining confidence in the accuracy of the audited and verified 2020 election with an after-the-fact unverifiable “audit” of Maricopa County ballots. To defend free and fair elections in Arizona against these attacks, we need Congress to pass the “For the People Act,” or HR 1.
The For the People Act will establish minimum standards for mail-in voting, provide for automatic and same-day voter registration, and prevent states from purging eligible voters from voting.
It will make Election Day a federal holiday, provide additional protections for military, overseas and disabled voters, and shine a light on dark money spending in our elections.