Commissioner Paul Newman:
Paul Newman was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in New Jersey. He earned a B.A. in Behavioral and Social Science from the University of Maryland, a Master in Public Administration and a Master in Judicial Administration from University Southern California, and a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law.
Before moving to Arizona in 1988, he was an administrator, researcher, and consultant with the California court system where he served as Court Management Consultant for the National Center for State Courts, California Supreme Court, Los Angeles Municipal Court, Sacramento Municipal Court and San Diego Superior Court from 1976 through 1986.
Newman has also served as a Public Defender in San Diego County, Cochise County and Pima County and maintains a private practice in Bisbee. He has also completed a Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Arizona.
Newman is a proven, effective leader in his life of public service. He was a two-term Cochise County Supervisor and three-term State Representative. He was named Legislator of the Year by Arizona Association of Counties and by the Behavioral Health Community for his work in the Arizona Legislature and has served the people of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties since 1992. During his tenure in the Arizona Legislature, The League of Conservation Voters consistently ranked Paul Newman #1 in voting to protect the environment.
As an example of his dedication to the environment, as Cochise County Supervisor, Newman successfully stopped a trash burning incinerator in Whetstone and a coal burning power plant in Bowie. On April 21, 2008—Earth Day—he received The U.S. Dept. of the Interior Cooperative Conservation Award for his work in preserving the San Pedro River.
Paul Newman led a successful funding effort for Kartchner Caverns and established a state-wide rural technology incubator system; secured funding for Healthy Families, Healthy Children; developed tax credits for businesses to hire the unemployed; fully-funded the widow and disabled homeowners tax credit; assisted in establishing and funding the border volunteer corps program; and lobbied to secure full funding for the University of Arizona at Sierra Vista and Cochise College. He has always been responsive to the needs of constituents and can be trusted to be a strong voice for the people.
Paul Newman is an advocate for creating a sustainable economy while protecting our environment and works to lead Arizona in becoming a significant source of solar energy. Establishing Arizona as an exporter of solar power to the entire United States will create good paying green collar jobs and will allow America to throw off the chains of foreign oil dependence. Arizona can spur the growth of appropriate technologies for addressing climate change by leading the way on solar power. Our state’s economy will reap the benefits of the research, development, construction, maintenance, staffing and training required to upgrade to the energy source of the new millennium.