Ed Pastor. Congressman for Second Congressional District of Arizona

Ed Pastor hailed from the mining community of Claypool, Arizona. Representative Pastor and his spouse Verma Mendez Pastor had two daughters, Yvonne and Laura, and one granddaughter, Alexis. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry in 1966, and earned his Juris doctorate from ASU in 1974. In 1976 Pastor was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. He resigned in May 1991 to run for Congress.

Arizona's Second District elected Ed Pastor on September 24, 1991. In the106th Congress, Pastor served on three Subcommittees: Energy and Water Development, Transportation, and the Subcommittee of the Legislative Branch of which Pastor was the Ranking Member. He was re-appointed to the House Appropriations Committee on which he also served during the 105th and 103rd Congresses. Pastor also served on the Committee on Standards of Official


Conduct and the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. In addition, the Democratic Leadership appointed Pastor as one of four Chief Deputy Whips for the 106th Congress.

During the 104th Congress, Representative Pastor served as Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) for a two-year term ending in January 1997. The Democratic Leadership named Pastor to the party's eight-member Leadership Advisory Group. In the 103rd Congress, Pastor served on the subcommittee of Rural Development and Agriculture.

Pastor's assignments in the 106th Congress included various Caucuses: Women's issues, Travel and Tourism, Arts, Biotechnology, Sportsmen, Border Caucus, and Human Rights Caucus.

Representative Pastor civic activities included: The Board of Directors of Neighborhood Housing Services of America, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, and Advisory Board of National Job Corps Alumni Association. Pastor served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza and Chicanos Por La Causa.