Jen Longdon

LD5 House

In 2004, Jen was paralyzed in a random drive-by shooting, changing  the trajectory of her life. Before the shooting, Jen was a successful  businesswoman and family provider. After the shooting, she  struggled to stay afloat, losing her health insurance while lying in a  hospital bed in a coma and confronting poverty head-on. But in the  face of such adversity, Jen triumphed. 

Upon her recovery, Jen became a force for good in our community.  Jen worked to raise awareness and improve the lives of people with  disabilities and increase opportunities and access for other  marginalized groups. She also focused significant energy on gun  violence prevention, spearheading grassroots efforts and advancing  policy change at the local, state, and national levels. Since first elected as state representative for Arizona LD24 in 2018,  Jen has worked tirelessly to build a stronger, healthier community  and improve the lives of all people in our community. Jen became the first Democrat appointed to chair an Ad Hoc committee in more  than 60 years in her first term. Upon her 2020 reelection, Jen’s peers  elected her to serve as Assistant Leader. In 2021, more bills  introduced by Democrats were passed than in the prior six years  combined.