Born in Arizona’s Gila Valley, Representative Barton is a fifth generation native of rural Arizona. In 1871, her great-great grandfather established the first crossing on the Colorado River, and by 1880, the family settled in Lee Valley in the White Mountains. Brenda spent her early years at the family’s historic homestead in Artesia, just a few miles south of the Gila River in what once was Mexico. Brenda’s Roots and Boots are firmly planted in the rich red soil of Arizona.
Retiring in 2008 from over 20 years with the City of Safford, Brenda knows the value of hard work. She was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and now serves Legislative District 6 an area stretching from the Grand Canyon through Sedona east to the White Mountains. Representative Barton has quickly moved up in leadership and now serves as Chairman of the House Committee for Agriculture and Water.
Since taking the Chair of Ag and Water, a chairmanship once held by one of the Legislature’s most iconic figures Jake Flake, Representative Barton has made Arizona’s agricultural industry and the security of Arizona’s future water supplies her prime focus.
To those who have come to know her, Brenda is known for her love of the land and her honest welcoming style. Brenda’s prime guiding principle is, “Do no harm.” She strongly believes that the role of government is to facilitate a business environment in which job creation and economies may flourish.
Brenda can best be described as a ‘pragmatic, independent minded, conservative.’