Steve Montenegro was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in November 2008. He represents Legislative District 12 (soon to be called District 13 after the new district lines are approved), which includes Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale and also Luke Air Force Base. Steve is currently serving as Speaker Pro-Tempore (the #4 ranking Republican) and sits on the Government, Higher Education Innovation and Reform, and Rules committees. He is passionate about job creation, education issues, government transparency, protecting Second Amendment rights, and fiscal responsibility. Since his election, he has won awards as a “Friend of the Family”, “Friend of the Taxpayer”, and “Conservative Hero” from the Arizona Liberty Project.
Representative Montenegro was born in El Salvador and at age four immigrated to the United States with his family. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Political Science. He also holds an Associate of Arts in Theology from CBAN and Logos Christian University. Steve currently works in the district office of U.S. Congressman Trent Franks, where he assists with issues concerning the state department, immigration matters, and other federal issues that affect the west valley residents and businesses.
Steve also serves as Associate Pastor at the Surprise Apostolic Assembly. His faith and his family are core pillars to his purpose. He strongly believes that our children are our future and he has made working with youth a priority in his life. He travels the country speaking at youth conferences, camps, and events through his work with his church and the Messengers of Peace. Steve has worked as a teacher and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Arizona Charter Academy. His focus there has been providing counseling and guidance to young people and those in need.
Steve and his wife Melissa were married in 2009 and they are expecting their first child this summer. His hobbies are reading, playing the piano, playing golf, shooting and running.