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Christopher Deschene

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Christopher Deschene
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Arizona House of Representatives District 2
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Christopher Deschene was a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District from 2009 to 2011.

Deschene has worked as a Military Research Engineer at the National Laboratory in Livermore, California, and was also a Tribal Energy Attorney/Co-Founder of the Schaff and Clark Deschene, Limited Liability Company.

He was a candidate for Arizona Secretary of State in the 2010 election. He ran in the Democratic Party primary for the seat that is currently occupied by incumbent Republican Ken Bennett.


  • Bachelor's degree, United States Naval Academy (1993) in mechanical engineering
  • Master's degree, Arizona State University (2005) in mechanical engineering
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Arizona State University (2005)

Committee assignments

Deschene's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2293 - teacher loan program; geographic shortages
  • HB 2337 - energy standards; buildings; contracting
  • HB 2469 - aggressive dogs; muzzles
  • HB 2529 - energy policy study committee

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Other roles

  • Organizer, Phoenix Urban Indian Summit Youth Conference (2001, 2002)
  • Chair, Apache County Democratic Party
  • President, National Native American Law Student Association
  • Chair, Native American Democratic Caucus



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Deschene was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Deschene and Tom Chabin were elected to the 2nd District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[1]

Deschene raised $22,392 for the campaign and Chabin raised $22,837.[2]

Arizona State House, District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Christopher Deschene (D) 36,724
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Chabin (D) 33,211

Campaign donors

Below are Deschene's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[3]

Contributor 2008 total
Public Fund $20,627
Patty Fergusen $130
Billy Ward $130
Greg Smith $130
Margaret M Schaff $130



See also: Arizona Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Chris Deschene 62.2%
     Democratic Party Sam Wercinski 36.9%
     Write-In 0.9%
Total Votes 1,564,108
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Ken Bennett 58.3%
     Democratic Party Chris Deschene 41.6%
     Write-In 0.2%
Total Votes 1,564,108

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arizona State House District 2
Succeeded by
Albert Hale