Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford has represented South Tucson in the state legislature since 2003. Understanding the importance of public service, Olivia became the second generation in her family to represent southern Arizonans at the state Capitol. She provided her parents, Rep. Bernardo “Nayo” Cajero and Rep. Carmen Cajero, with advice on important votes during the 28 years they served in the Arizona House of Representatives. She urged her parents to ensure that high school students receive free text books and that the state provide funding to establish the University of Arizona Cancer Research Center.
Before having the opportunity to serve Tucsonans at the state level, Senator Cajero Bedford was a business owner and a director of sales and marketing for the tourism/hotel industry. Years of business experience make her a strong advocate for small companies and economic development.
Since taking office in 2003, Senator Cajero Bedford has fought to defend a woman’s right to choose. This issue is important to her and remains at the top of her list each session. Education is another top priority. In recent sessions, Senator Cajero Bedford has been focused on Increasing career and technical education in high school curriculum.
Senator Cajero Bedford is a graduate of the Council of State Governments’ Legislative Academy. She has been involved with a number of civic organizations, including the Girl Scouts, Arizona Tourism Advisory Council, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Women in Government and National Conference of State Legislatures.
Among her honors are the Arizona Medical Association’s 2007 “Walk the Talk” award, recognition from the Victoria Foundation as a Tech 10 Legislator in 2010, and Latina Perspectives Magazine’s Latina Trailblazers Award, which she shared with her mother, Carmen, in 2011.