Christopher Deschene

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Christopher Deschene
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Arizona House of Representatives District 2
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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 was 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 to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. Instead, he ran for Arizona Secretary of State. He lost in the Democratic primary to Sam Wercinski.

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [1]
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 [2]
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


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.[3]

Deschene raised $22,392 for the campaign and Chabin raised $22,837.[4]

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:[5]

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

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