Cesar Chavez (legislator)

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Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 29th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Serving with Richard C. Andrade
Preceded byCeci Velasquez
Personal details
Born (1987-10-30) October 30, 1987 (age 32)
Moroleon, Guanajuato
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePhoenix, Arizona

Cesar Chavez (born October 30, 1987) is a Mexican-American politician and a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives elected to represent District 29 in 2016. Prior to entering the political arena, Chavez had traveled internationally as a Mariachi vocalist. He is not related to Cesar Chavez, the civil rights activist.

Early life[edit]

Chavez was born in Moroleon, Guanajuato and immigrated to the United States at the age of three. The oldest of three, born to Nicolas Chavez and Maria Martinez both knew that in order to provide their children the opportunities that they never had, they would have to emigrate to the United States. Cesar and his parents lived in a small apartment in the projects of Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania having to endure exposure to everything that they didn't want their children to grow up around. Working endless hours, Chavez's father was able to afford the family's move to a quiet rural town (Cochranville, Pennsylvania) where Cesar grew up amongst the Amish community. In 1996, the Chavez family trekked across the nation and moved to Phoenix, Arizona.

Arizona House of Representatives[edit]

In 2016, Chavez and incumbent Richard C. Andrade defeated Marshall Pimentel and Rosa Cantu in the democratic primary. They went on to defeat Republican John Wilson in the general election.[1][2]

He is openly gay,[3] and serves alongside three other openly LGBT legislators: Daniel Hernández Jr., Robert Meza and Tony Navarrete. On October 11, 2017 (National Coming Out Day), the four lawmakers announced the creation of a new LGBTQ Caucus in the legislature.[4]


  1. ^ "Arizona Secretary of State Election Night Reporting".
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/arizona
  3. ^ "After Phoenix Pride, LGBT political representation is a yearlong issue". The State Press, April 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Gay Lawmakers Create First LGBTQ Caucus at Arizona Legislature". The Arizona Republic. October 12, 2017.

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