Legislative Districts of Coconino County
Coconino County includes two state legislative districts, LD-6 and LD-7–see map. Each district has two representatives and one senator whose task it is to represent each district in the Arizona State Legislature. Elections for these offices are partisan and are held every even numbered year. Both senators and representatives serve two-year terms and are limited to serving for a maximum of four consecutive terms or eight years.
State Senate LD-6
Daughter of a long line of Army officers, in 1976 Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers was commissioned as a 5th-generation military officer into the Air Force from Michigan State University with her bachelor’s degree and then master’s degree from the University of Alabama in Clinical Social Work. She began her career treating patients in the Air Force mental health clinic. In 1981, Wendy Rogers became one of the first 100 women pilots in today’s Air Force by earning her wings at Williams AFB in Arizona. Following Air Force jet training, Wendy piloted worldwide airlift and humanitarian missions in the C-141 transport jet for several years. Wendy then served as a flight instructor for cadets at the US Air Force Academy. The latter half of Wendy’s 20-year Air Force career placed her overseas. While in Europe, Wendy piloted Air Force C-21 Learjets and led three different operational divisions at Headquarters US Air Forces Europe. During the fall of the Berlin Wall and efforts to improve relations with former East Bloc countries, Wendy was deployed for six months downrange to run the Bosnian Airlift. She finished her career with over 3,000 hours of jet time and numerous commendations, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1996 after twenty years of active duty, Wendy and her husband Hal (also a retired Air Force officer) started their own home inspection business. Their crew of Arizona-licensed home inspectors has worked throughout Coconino, Yavapai, Pinal and Maricopa counties. Hal is an electrical engineer who originally grew up on a Holstein dairy farm milking cows twice daily till age 18. Since Wendy and Hal relate on so many levels to the wholesome rural lifestyle of the area, they chose to make their retirement home Flagstaff’s Wildwood Hills. Wendy Rogers is uniquely able to serve the needs of the First Congressional District because she is able to pilot her own aircraft into many of the short-field runways in remote rural areas.
In addition to her degrees in social work, Wendy holds a second master’s degree in National Security Studies from Cal State San Bernardino. Wendy and Hal home-schooled their children George and Emily during their elementary years. George and Emily then graduated from an Arizona public charter high school and were merit-scholarship ASU Barrett Honors College Sun Devils. George was commissioned as an officer in the US Marine Corps in May 2009, later returning to Arizona to earn his PhD in electrical engineering at ASU in 2014. Emily graduated in 2012 with a Barrett Honors BA in German and Honors BS in international business and marketing. George and his wife are the proud parents a seven-year-old, a five-year-old, a two-year-old and newborn, adding the title of “proud grandparent” to Wendy’s life of accomplishment.
Wendy has been active in the local community as development director of an Arizona charter school, as a foster parent, and as an Arizona substitute teacher. Both Wendy and Hal are active, alert-roster-ready officers in the US Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), flying missions and participating in search and rescue efforts. Wendy Rogers’ maxim in life remains what her parents taught her from Luke 12:48: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”
State House LD-6
Born in Arizona’s Gila Valley, Brenda 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 served until 2018, chairing the House Committee for Agriculture and Water. After a brief hiatus, Brenda is ready to return to continue serving her district. Much has changed in the last two years and there is a lot of work to be done to expand the rural economy and improve rural health care and educational opportunities. Legislative District 6 stretches from the Grand Canyon through Sedona east to the White Mountains.
Served on the North American Council of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Summit
Is a Past Arizona Chairman of the National State Legislator’s Article V State’s Convention
Represented 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
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. She believes “government should be on your side, not in your way.”
Brenda can best be described as a ‘pragmatic, independent minded, conservative.’
Walt served 22 years in the United States Army. Upon completion of active duty, Walt moved to Snowflake, Arizona with his wife and children. The desire to serve his country continued, and with the support of his family, ran for the state legislature. Walt won a contested primary election and received the most votes in the 2018 Primary and General election.
As a freshman legislator, Walt became one of the most effective legislators at the Capitol. His focus on issues important to Arizonans, not partisan politics, has helped him become a rising star in Arizona.
Walt is committed to finding solutions for complex problems, and isn’t afraid to tackle the complex issues. He is guided by his principles and always doing what is right for the people in his district, and all Arizonans.