About Brenda Barton
Born in Arizona’s Gila Valley, Brenda Barton is a fifth-generation native of rural Arizona. In 1871, her great-great-grandfather established the first crossing on the Colorado River, and by 1880, the family settled in Lee Valley in the White Mountains. Brenda spent her early years at the family’s historic homestead in Artesia, just a few miles south of the Gila River in what once was Mexico. Brenda’s Roots and Boots are firmly planted in the rich red soil of Arizona.
Retiring in 2008 from over 20 years with the City of Safford, Brenda knows the value of hard work. She was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and served until 2018, chairing the House Committee for Agriculture and Water. After a brief hiatus, Brenda is ready to return to continue serving her district. Much has changed in the last two years and there is a lot of work to be done to expand the rural economy and improve rural health care and educational opportunities. Legislative District 6 stretches from the Grand Canyon through Sedona east to the White Mountains.
- Served on the North American Council of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Summit
- Is a Past Arizona Chairman of the National State Legislator’s Article V State’s Convention
- Represented Arizona as a task force member of the Council of State Governments-Western States
- Is a Graduate of the Western Legislative Academy
- A Graduate of the Dodie -Londen Excellence in Public Service Leadership Program
- And a Past State Director for the AZ Federation of Republican Women
To those who have come to know her, Brenda is known for her love of the land and her honest, welcoming style. Brenda’s prime guiding principle is, “Do no harm.” She strongly believes that the role of government is to facilitate a business environment in which job creation and economies may flourish. She believes “government should be on your side, not in your way.”
Brenda can best be described as a ‘pragmatic, independent-minded, conservative.’