Phoenix, Arizona , United States
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Jun 20, 2005 10:59pm
|Info||State Sen. & Financial Advisor |
Scott Bundgaard has served Legislative District 19 in the Arizona State Legislature for eight years. He was first elected at age 25 to the Arizona House of Representatives. Two years later, Scott was elected as the youngest member of the State Senate, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Scott also serves as a member of the Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment Committee, Judiciary Committee, and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. He was reelected in 2000 to a third two-year term in the State Senate.
Scott was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and lived there seven days. His parents were on the road moving from Omaha, NE, to sunny Phoenix, AZ. On the way, his mom and dad were forced to make a quick stop to have their first son.
Scott's dad left Denmark in 1964 at age 20 in search of the freedom and opportunity America promised. He met his wife in Omaha several years later, where she was teaching school both in the classroom and on television. His mother recently retired from teaching after a career spanning 28 years.
Since the Arizona Legislature is a part-time 'citizen's legislature', Scott works as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter when the State Senate is not in session.
Also, Scott coaches basketball for the Boys & Girls Club, the City of Glendale, and Arizona Youth Sports. He was recognized as "Coach of the Year" by the Kid's Basketball Association.
Scott is an active board member with MatchPoint, a division of Prison Fellowship Ministries, which is led by Chuck Colson. MatchPoint matches juveniles with adult mentors in an effort to provide positive direction in the life of those juveniles who have been adjudicated in the criminal justice system.
Scott also is a member of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and is Vice Chairman of the Tax & Fiscal Policy task force.
Scott has received the "Friend of the Taxpayer" Award every year for the last seven years he has served in our state legislature, according to the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers Associations. AFTA is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan organization that rates elected officials according to their voting record.
On June 14, 2000, Scott received the "Arizona Tech 10" award from the Arizona Software and Internet Association (AZSoft.net) for his "support in building the technology community in Arizona."
On May 7, 2000, the Arizona Republic recognized Scott for "Education Leadership" because of his work "to fund classroom improvements and teacher salaries." Only three legislators out of 90 received this distinction!
On April 27, 2000, Scott was named "Man of the Year" by the Leukemia Society of America. In 1999, he was named an "Outstanding Fundraiser" for the Leukemia Society of America and was recognized as one of "Arizona's Finest" in conjunction with fundraising efforts for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
On November 5, 1999, Scott received the "Distinguished Legislator Award" from the American Legion for "his support for veterans of Arizona and his welcomed efforts on behalf of American Legion programs for children and youth, Americanism, and veterans health and rehabilitation."
In 1997, Scott was named "Legislator of the Year" and "Champion of Local Control" by The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Arizona for his efforts to reduce smoking by children and teenagers.
On November 12, 1996, Scott was recognized by MADD for "exceptional dedication and service toward achieving the mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving".