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|Arizona House of Representatives, District 12|
Cotera earned her B.A. in Plan II: Honors Liberal Arts from the University of Texas Austin in 1986. She also received a B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1995.
Cotera was a nuclear engineer for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station from 1986 to 1988. She then worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Stanford University from 1989 to 1991. From 1991 to 1995, she was a NASA graduate research fellow for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center/Stanford University. Cotera worked as a national research council fellow for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1995 to 1998. She then worked as a research associate for Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona from 1998 to 2002. From 2002 to 2003 she was a lecturer of Astronomy at Arizona State University. Finally, she was employed by the Carl Sagan Center's Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Institute as principal investigator from 2003 to 2008.
Cotera was a member of Emerge Arizona and Precinct Committee Member for the Democratic Party from 2007 to 2008. She was also a candidate for the Arizona State Senate in 2008 but was not elected.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 12 General Election (2010)|
|Steve Montenegro (R)||36,623|
|Jerry Weiers (R)||35,724|
|Angela Cotera (D)||30,543|
|Justin Dahl (G)||6,762|
- Angela Cotera's campaign website
- Project Vote Smart Biography
- Full list of candidates filed for the Arizona primary