Sharon Girard has spent over thirty years as a physician’s assistant, working with Planned Parenthood, rural and migrants health clinics, and emergency departments. As a volunteer in free clinics she worked closely with women, men and families who had no health insurance, or not enough.Their stories and struggles spurred Sharon to political advocacy and action.
Sharon is a lecturer and published women’s health author, specializing in adolescent pregnancies. She founded the Women Health Conferences and spent several years working in the healthcare field in England.
As a State Senator Sharon will prioritize healthcare for all, high quality public education, and equal rights for Arizonans. Her years of experience in the healthcare field have resulted in a deep understanding of many of the critical issues facing Arizona, including the opioid crisis, and the challenges of accessing healthcare in rural areas. A proud advocate for public schools, Sharon will work to increase teacher pay and school funding, and will fight for policies that will, grow jobs in LD 8 and across Arizona.
Sharon and her husband, artist Kirk Tatom, live in Eloy. She is active in her community as a member of both the Rotary Club and ACLU. She also holds membership in several physician’s assistant and women’s health professional organizations. She has a grown daughter, and enjoys teaching dance classes in Casa Grande.