| Gabrielle Giffords|
University of Arizona
| March 20, 1950 (age 65)
Tucson, Arizona (1950-03-20) |
educator, real estate agent, property manager
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Tucson High Magnet School, University of Arizona
Paula Aboud Wikipedia
Paula Aboud (born March 20, 1950) is an American politician who was a member of the Arizona Senate, representing the 28th District. A Democrat, she served as the Senate's minority whip.
Aboud was born in Tucson, Arizona. She attended Tucson High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arizona. After receiving a teaching certificate, she taught English and coached girls' tennis and volleyball at Rincon High School for several years. Afterward she followed her family in entering the real estate field for five years, before relocating to Waterville, Maine, where she coached college tennis and squash at Colby College. An illness in her family led her to return to Tucson to work as property manager for her family's real estate business.
In addition to her professional career Aboud was a long-time activist for the Tucson Democratic Party. On January 3, 2006 she was appointed to the Arizona State Senate by the Pima County Board of Supervisors, following the resignation of Gabrielle Giffords, who stepped down to run for the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 28th legislative district, centering on Tucson.
Following her appointment, she was elected in her own right later in 2006. In the Democratic primary election on September 12, she saw off a challenge from State Representative Ted Downing, and faced no Republican opponent in the general election. She was re-elected unopposed in 2008 and faced only independent challengers in 2010 (including Ted Downing), prevailing easily.
In March 2012, Aboud announced her candidacy for Congress, seeking to run in the Democratic primary for Giffords' House seat in the newly renumbered 2nd congressional district. She withdrew from the race shortly thereafter and endorsed Ron Barber. Under Arizona's term limits law, she was unable to run for re-election to the senate in 2012.
She was one of four openly LGBT members of the Arizona State Legislature, serving alongside Senators Jack Jackson, Jr. (D–Window Rock) and Robert Meza (D–Phoenix), as well as Representative Matt Heinz (D–Tucson). Her campaigns have won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.