Olivia Cajero Bedford
|Olivia Cajero Bedford|
|Arizona State Senate District 3|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Arizona State House of Representatives|
|Place of birth||Tuscon, AZ|
Bedford is a business owner and has worked as director of sales and marketing in the tourism/hotel industry.
She is a member of the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, National Conference of State Legislatures, Tucson Convention Center Commission, Tucson Mountain Association, and Women in Government.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bedford served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bedford served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Commerce and Energy|
|• Natural Resources and Transportation|
Bedford's sponsored bills include:
- HB 2432 - school board membership; family members
- HB 2489 - healthcare group; small employers; eligibility
- HB 2543 - unmarried couples; responsibilities.
- HB 2544 - schools; sex education
For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.
- See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012
Bedford won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 3. She defeated Maria Garcia in the August 28, 2012, Democratic primary. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Olivia Cajero Bedford Incumbent||100%||43,084|
|Arizona State Senate, District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Olivia Cajero Bedford Incumbent||66.8%||9,718|
Bedford was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the Arizona House of Representatives. She instead won election to the district 27 seat of the Arizona State Senate. She ran unopposed.
On November 4, 2008, Bedford and Phil Lopes were elected to the 27th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents J. D. "Duke" Schechter (R), Mark Phelps (Lib), and Kent Solberg (Green).
Bedford raised $35,902 for the campaign, Lopes raised $32,088, Schechter raised $35, Phelps raised $0, and Solberg raised $34,291.
|Arizona State House, District 27 (2008)|
|Phil Lopes (D)||32,650|
|Olivia Cajero Bedford (D)||35,010|
|J. D. "Duke" Schechter (R)||15,490|
|Mark Phelps (Lib)||6,374|
|Kent Solberg (Green)||4,970|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Bedford raised $8,678 in contributions. 
Her largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $1,996 to her campaign.
Below are Bedford's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|John A Lasota Jr||$130|
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Bedford received a score of 43 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of D according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 14 more than her score on the 2011 report card. Bedford’s 43 in 2012 was the 22nd highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.
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Bedford is divorced and has two children.
- Senate website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart bio
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2004, 2002
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Bedford
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State - Primary candidate list
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ 2008 general election results, Arizona
- ↑ Arizona House spending, 2008
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
Ron Gould (R)
|Arizona State Senate District 3
| Succeeded by|
Jorge Luis Garcia
|Arizona State Senate District 27
| Succeeded by|
Leah Landrum-Taylor (D)
|Arizona House District 27
| Succeeded by|
Sally Ann Gonzales