Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete was born and raised in Arizona to immigrant parents. He currently serves as State Senator for Arizona's 30th district and sits on various committees ranging from Ranking Member of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Higher Education and Workforce Development,.
Tony was raised in West Phoenix in a home built by his late grandfather. He attended the Isaac School District, Carl Hayden Community High School, and later earned an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.
At an early age, Tony was inspired to think about and promote social justice, including breaking the cycles of poverty through community development at the nonprofit Neighborhood Ministries. Following years of community involvement and working closely with formally adjudicated young adults, he moved to New York to work on housing and jobs issues, an experience he brought back home to Arizona after learning mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, she remains in remission.
Since returning to Arizona, Tony remains committed to working with leaders throughout Arizona, while actively fighting to advance comprehensive immigration reform and policies that strengthen families, including increasing civic participation.
Since being elected to the Arizona legislature in 2016, Tony has sponsored/cosponsored over 100 bills focusing on strengthening education, expanding access to voting, promoting small businesses, tax accountability, and reforming our criminal justice system.