State Representative Charlene Fernandez currently serves Legislative District 4 -- which includes parts of Yuma, Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties -- in the Arizona legislature.
Charlene is one of the legislature's strongest advocates for public education, frequently pushing for more school funding from her position on the appropriations committee.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Charlene worked in a variety of policy and constituent service roles for Congressman Ed Pastor, Governor Janet Napolitano and Congressman Raúl Grijalva. Charlene also served for more than 12 years on the Yuma Union High School Board.
Charlene was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in elementary education.
Charlene and her husband, Sergio live in Yuma and together raised three children Brian, Carlye, and Lisa.
CHISPA Arizona and Charlene Fernandez work together on Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses
Arizona Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Phoenix, who represents District 4 and was a sponsor of Clean Buses for Healthy Niños, is among the state officials encouraging community members to participate in the public comment period of the Volkswagen settlement. Arizona is expected to submit a mitigation plan sometime in spring.
(Photo by Andrea Estrada/Cronkite News)
State Rep. Charlene Fernandez, whose the House Minority Whip, said she and other Democrats have been pushing for the four stalled bills but have been “met with resistance day after day” by the Republican-led legislature.
Fernandez said she encourages Arizona residents to call their elected lawmakers and tell them to act on these stalled bills.
She added public schools should be a “safe zone” for children and noted her grandchildren attend public schools.
“I want to know every day that they are safe,” Fernandez said.
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Goveror Ducey did an about-face on decimating our state's JTED funding. Our caucus and some reasonable Republicans got together and forced his hand. We are proud of our victory but stand to be prouder of all the young men and women who will learn skills that the Governor tried to take away.
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