Arizona has undeniably stepped into the national political spotlight in recent years, from contentious debates over abortion bans to its pivotal role in both the 2020 election and the upcoming 2024 battle. In today’s episode, Hillari sits down with Representative Laura Terech to gain insight into the Arizona political landscape and delve into her remarkable journey from kindergarten teacher to influential political figure in the state. They also discuss why, after a very successful term in the Arizona Legislature, she’s made the difficult decision not to seek re-election.

Recorded live at the New Deal Leaders Idea Summit, this episode explores the challenges and triumphs of navigating Arizona’s divided political landscape as a moderate voice in an increasingly divided country. From personal struggles to professional victories, Terech’s story of transformation and empowerment is full of insights and inspiration for Moderates everywhere.

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Guest: Rep. Laura Terech

Representative Laura Terech (Legislative District 4 – Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, North Phoenix) is a proud product of Arizona public schools, including both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. After earning her master’s degree in education, she taught kindergarten and 2nd grade in a Title I school district. She is the ranking Democrat on the House Municipal Oversight & Election committee and also sits on House Education. Representative Terech also had the honor of serving as the House member on Governor Hobbs’ Bipartisan Elections Task Force. Rep Terech has been instrumental in securing a water supply for communities in Arizona such as the Rio Verde Foothills and negotiating a fix for the election recount law.

Outside of the Legislature, Terech serves as the Training Director for the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Civic Engagement Beyond Voting.

Connect with Rep. Terech: Facebook | Instagram | X/Twitter | Website

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