Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ-7, AZ-3 after 2012)

Rep. Raul Grijalva is a Democrat representing Arizona's 7th congressional district, which includes much of southwestern Arizona, including Tucson, Nogales, Yuma and parts of metro Phoenix. First elected in 2002, Rep. Grijalva serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. Rep. Grijalva has been on the forefront of a number of issues important to Arab Americans. Grijalva has been a consistent opponent of the Iraq war and has advocated an American withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of the Obama Administration's proposed schedule. He has received consistently high evaluations from the ACLU for his leadership on civil liberties issues, and he is one of Congress' leading proponents of comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, of which he was a cosponsor. Rep. Grijalva has also been an advocate for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has urged the Obama Administration to help ease the Israeli blockade on Gaza and increase American aid to its vulnerable residents.