A mother of three, Debbie Lesko has worked her way up the political ladder - from district Republican chairman to county Republican officer and then to state Republican officer. “I was just really engaged,” Lesko told Fox News. “When an opening came up in the legislature in 2008, people approached me and asked if I wanted to run, and I did and won.”
Debbie was a State Representative for 4 years before making the jump to State Senator where she has served since 2012 – even becoming the President Pro-Tempore (she was in charge of the State Senate whenever the Senate President wasn’t in the chamber), and serving as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a Member of the Health and Rules Committees.
Throughout her tenure, Debbie has been a champion for domestic violence victims (she herself is a survivor), as well as her constituents. Now she’s running for reelection in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.
Last year, Debbie sponsored a bill (which passed and was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey) where Arizona called for a national Constitutional Convention in order to add a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution. Under a BBA, the federal government would be restricted from spending more than it receives in revenue.
Perhaps one of Debbie’s biggest legislative achievements was pension reform for Arizona’s police and firefighters. Debbie guided the reform bill through the state senate – and brought both parties to the table. Her bill helped shore up the state’s seriously underfunded public safety worker pension plan.
Debbie has also won awards for her work in the state legislature, including: the Guardian of Small Business Award issued to her by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the AZ Chamber of Commerce Senator of the Year, and the AFP Champion of the Taxpayer Award.