Patricia Contreras

Arizona House of Representatives, District 12

Patty was one of the first out lesbian Latinas elected to the Arizona legislature!


Representative Patty Contreras is a third generation Arizonan; her family has been in Arizona for over 100 years. She currently lives in Phoenix with her wife of 15 years. Ms. Contreras retired from the City of Phoenix after over 31 years of service to Phoenix residents. She worked in both the Parks and Recreation and Human Services Departments primarily providing services, resources, and programs to seniors and people with disabilities. Ms. Contreras was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in November 2022. As a public servant for much of her career, Representative Contreras is passionate about working to provide legislation that will enhance the lives of residents of Arizona. Patty ran for office on the issues of fully funding public education, helping seniors and veterans, combating climate change, and protecting Arizona’s water supply. Ms. Contreras is co-chair of the AZ Legislature LGBTQ+ Caucus. She also sits on the Transportation & Infrastructure and Health & Human Services Committees.