Katie Hobbs was elected to the Arizona state senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD24. Katie is from Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Seton Catholic in 1988. She went on to get her Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University in 1992 and her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 1995. Katie has been a professional social worker since 1992 and prior to being elected to the legislature, she worked for Sojourner Center, the largest domestic violence shelter in the United States. As Director of Government Relations, she was responsible for ensuring compliance with $4 million in government contracts, was involved in several community-wide domestic violence and homeless coordination efforts, and worked to engage domestic violence survivors in the legislative process and social action. Katie has served as a Commissioner on the Phoenix Women’s Commission, the Phoenix Human Services Commission, and was the chair of the Maricopa County Merit System Commission. She is the Executive Director of Emerge Arizona, is on the board of Political Action for Candidate Election of the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and is adjunct faculty in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Paradise Valley Community College. Katie is a graduate of Valley Leadership’s Leadership Institute (2003), Emerge Arizona’s candidate training program (2004), and the Center for Progressive Leadership’s Political Leaders Fellowship program (2007).
How Katie is Helping Arizona
Katie Hobbs worked to pass bills that would create and enforce policies to prohibit students from harassing and bullying one another through the use of electronic technology. “This is important because anti-gay bullying is a huge risk factor for students, leading to dropout, substance use, depression, and even suicide,” she says. “This bill will go a long way to ensuring that schools are safe for ALL students.”
She also passed a bill that was signed into law April 26, 2011, which will require teams to investigate near fatal and fatal domestic violence incidents. Rep. Hobbs says, “This bill was personally very important to me because of my work in domestic violence. I served on the state’s very first Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, in the City of Phoenix. These are multi-disciplinary teams that review deaths that occurred as a result of domestic violence in order to make recommendations for systems changes that will keep victims safer and hold offenders accountable.”
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