US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
RaÃºl M. Grijalva represents the 7th Congressional District of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives. The seventh district encompasses parts of Pima, Maricopa, La Paz, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties, along with all of Yuma County. It is the only district in Congress representing seven separate Native American Tribes. They include the Tohono O'Odham Nation, Colorado River, Ak-Chin, Gila River, Cocopah, Quechan and Pascua Yaqui Tribes.
RaÃºl serves on the Committee on Education and Workforce, the Committee on Resources and is the chair of the House Democratic Environmental Task Force. He is a leading advocate for working families, defending our environment, preserving Social Security and Medicare, universal health care, protecting our civil liberties, immigration reform and a comprehensive border policy; and increased support for public education, including financial aid for higher education. RaÃºl was named 2nd vice-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for the 109th Congress, a distinction uncommon for a 2nd term Member of Congress. In the 109th Congress, RaÃºl will continue to fight for his constituency. Among the top priorities of the Congress are Social Security, Tax Reform, and Immigration reform.
RaÃºl was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. RaÃºl served on the Tucson Unified District Governing Board and came to be known for his advocacy of teacher and employee rights, civil rights, and public education. He received many awards for his service. The most significant honor was the naming of an elementary school in his name in 1988. During his tenure as a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, RaÃºl set a tone on many community issues, such as health care, children and families, the environment, and working families.
RaÃºl and his wife Ramona have been married for over 30 years and they have three daughters; Adelita, Raquel and Marisa. The contributions of the Grijalva family to the betterment and quality of the community are a career and lifelong commitment.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, February 19, 1948.
Married to Ramona F. Grijalva. Together they have three daughters: Adelita, Raquel and Marisa Grijalva.
Graduate of Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona, 1967
Graduate of University of Arizona, B.A. Sociology, 1988
Director of El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 1975-1986
Assistant Dean for Hispanic Student Affairs, University of Arizona, 1987
United States Representative, 2003-Present
Pima County Board of Supervisors, Chairman, 2000-2002
Pima County Board of Supervisors, Member, 1989-2000
Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, Member, 1974-1986
Southern Arizona Red Cross Honorary Chair, 2004
Sunnyside High School Alumni Hall of Fame, 2004
2004 Special Award, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter
AZ Credit Union System Award, 2004
Government Leadership Award, League of United Latin American Citizens, 2004
2004 Seres Puentes Award, University of Arizona
"In Tune" Award, Carondelet Medical Group, 2004
2003 Farmworker Advocate Award
University of Arizona New Start Honoree, 2003
Champion in Diversity Award, AZ Minority Bar Association, 2002
Distinguished Community Service Award, Tucson Minority Business, 2002
Jim Haag Award, Pima County, AZ Interfaith Council, 2002
Public Elected Official of the Year, AZ Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 2001
Earth Day Hero Award, South Tucson Weed and Seed, 2001
Friends of the Trails Award, Pima Trails Association, 2001
Government Leadership Award, League of United Latin American Citizens, 2001