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.
Retiring in 2008 from working a 40 hour week and pulling a pay-check for over 20 years, she was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. Representative Barton has quickly moved up in leadership and now serves as Chairman of the House Committee for Agriculture and Water.
- Serves on the North American Council of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Summit
- Is the Arizona Chairman of the National State Legislator’s Article V State’s Convention
- Represents Arizona as a task force member of the Council of State Governments-Western States
- Is a Graduate of the Western Legislative Academy
- A Graduate of the Dodie -Londen Excellence in Public Service Leadership Program
- And a Past State Director for the AZ Federation of Republican Women
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 not to create jobs, rather to facilitate a business environment in which job creation and economies may flourish; government should be the lubricant of industry not the fuel.