|Summarized by Eileen Bell
Legislators don't reflect Ariz. diversity
(Tucson) AZ Daily Star 10Jan99
By Rhonda Bodfield: The Arizona Daily Star
This look at the make-up of the Arizona Legislature compares
gender, parties, race, and religion of elected representatives
with the general state population.
Close to 20 percent of the state lawmakers in Arizona are LDS,
20 percent are Catholic, and the next largest group defined
themselves as other Christians. Many others refuse to
categorize themselves by religion.
Most of the LDS lawmakers are from Maricopa County, mainly from
the Mesa area. They include current House Speaker Jeff Groscost,
Senate Majority Leader Rusty Bowers, senate minority leader Jack
Brown, and U-S Rep. Matt Salmon.
The author states that many of the "family value" issues raised in the
legislature are supported by the LDS politicians. Senator Tom
Freestone says his beliefs do color some of his policies, including
his stand against abortion. He credits the high amount of LDS
representation to the Church's encouragment for members to be
active in politics. He points out that no campaigning takes place
on Church grounds.