STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – On August 25, Dr. Geraldine Peten, D-Goodyear (District 4), took the oath of office and will represent the people of Legislative District 4 in the Arizona House of Representatives. Her addition to the Legislature increases female representation at the Capitol to 40 percent, a historical high point for the state according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Peten’s seatmate, House Democratic Whip Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma (District 4), encouraged the celebration of this historical moment.
“I am honored to mark this occasion with Dr. Peten, and pleased to welcome a woman who has shown so much commitment to our community to the House of Representatives,” Fernandez said. “She is an asset to our team.”
Peten, a retired school superintendent and educational consultant who earned a doctorate in education, curriculum and instruction, said education policy will be her major focus at the Legislature.
“I am excited to work with this group of passionate, dedicated individuals who want to continue to make Arizona a better place to live, learn and raise a family,” Peten said. “I am also pleased to join Rep. Bolding in increasing the representation of African Americans at the Legislature. My background and experience will allow me to serve my district and the state well.”
House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler (District 17), also welcomed Peten.
“I am happy to welcome Geraldine Peten to the Arizona House of Representatives, and I’m pleased to have the House back in full membership as session approaches,” Mesnard said.
House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), looks forward to the insight Peten will bring to the policy-making process.
“Dr. Peten is a professional and an academic who will bring a unique perspective on the effects of education policy on our classrooms,” Rios said. “We are fortunate to have her joining us at the Capitol.”