Representative Sally Ann Gonzales was raised in the Yaqui community of Guadalupe, Arizona with her ten brothers and sisters. She is married to former Pascua Yaqui tribal councilman Luis Gonzales and together have been blessed with five daughters and 25 grandchildren.
Sally holds a BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a Masters in Multicultural Education from the University of Arizona. Her professional career has been dedicated to children, a former classroom teacher at Tempe Elementary Schools and Tucson Unified School District and educational development administrator at Arizona State University and University of Arizona.
In 1992 Gonzales was elected to the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council and served until 1996. Continuing her public service in the same year, she was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives as the first Native American woman to serve in the Arizona Legislature. Sally was recruited in 2001 for her experience and leadership and became Education Director for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe at a critical time for the Tribal Nation. In 2010 Sally was re-elected to represent Legislative District 3 and currently is ranking member of the Judiciary & Public Safety and Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committees.
The 2010 re-election for Sally was bitter sweet. Just a week after getting elected she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sally is an 8-year cancer survivor, she and her family work hard to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Since 2011 Sally has walked for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Walk” in Tucson and Tempe.
Gonzales is currently the president of the Guadalupe Community Development Corporation a non-profit corporation whose objective is to promote the availability of quality and affordable housing for low to moderate-income seniors and families. Representative Gonzales also serves on the Environmental Protection Agency, Governmental Advisory Committee. The committee helps shape U.S. policies that improve the environment and health conditions of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Representative Sally Ann Gonzales has been engaged with communities to promote the rights of minority populations, especially Indigenous and Hispanic communities who are the historical and cultural foundation of Arizona.
Sally Ann Gonzales (D),
State Representative, District 3
Sally discussing issues with our future leaders, Tucson students visiting capitol.
Sally meeting with Pima Community College Adult Education Students.
Sally with Miss Indian Arizona, Taylor Tailbi Denzhone Susan
Sally at ribbon cutting ceremony for grand opening of Senior living apartments in Guadalupe.
Sally at Opening Day at the Capitol.
Meeting with LD3 constituents Marty Cortez & Vivian Harte with Tucson League of Women Voters at capitol to express their legislative agenda.
Sally visiting with future leaders in her district.
Sally giving students from Tucson Indian Center a tour of the Capital
Sally with community leaders at St. Elizabeth's Health Center dedication.
Sally catching up with TEA current & retired members.
Sally and Husband Luis Gonzales both Cancer Survivor's with family at Breast Cancer Awareness Month Walk.