State Rep. Diego Rodriguez announces bid for Arizona attorney general

Lacey Latch
Arizona Republic
State Rep. Diego Rodriguez

After two years representing a district that includes Laveen, south Phoenix and Guadalupe, progressive State Rep. Diego Rodriguez announced his campaign for Arizona attorney general in 2022, the second Democrat in as many days to do so.  

After graduating from law school at the University of Arizona, Rodriguez spent four years in the late 1990s working in the Pima County Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted cases ranging from misdemeanors to violent crimes.

After working as an associate attorney in various private law firms, he founded Rodriguez Law Office PLLC in 2008 and specializes in criminal defense and personal injury cases.

In a campaign statement, Rodriguez said: “As your next Attorney General, I will use my experience in both the State House and the courtroom to stand up to corporate interests, help Arizona’s hardworking families get back on their feet, protect our most vulnerable citizens, and bring real change to our criminal justice system.”

Rodriguez was elected as District 27’s representative in 2018 after incumbent Democrat Rebecca Rios decided to run for the state Senate.

During that campaign, Rodriguez highlighted reducing the overall incarceration rate, reforming sentencing laws and improving reintegration resources for those with non-violent convictions as key to criminal justice reform in the state.  

Another Democrat, Kris Mayes, also has announced her candidacy.

Three Republicans, Andrew Gould, Tiffany Shedd and Lacy Cooper, have announced they intend to run.

Current Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.