November 9, 2020 Press Releases

U.S. Sen-Elect Mark Kelly Announces Bipartisan Transition Team

Today, U.S. Sen.-elect Mark Kelly announced the formation of a bipartisan transition team that consists of a broad coalition of leaders from across the state with expertise on key issues such as defense, business, water, education, public health, tribal communities, veterans, and labor.

“As I prepare for the work of representing all Arizonans in the U.S. Senate, I want Arizonans to know that I am committed to being a Senator who will work to get things done and be an independent voice for them in Washington on day one,” said Senator-elect Kelly. “This team of community leaders, Republicans and Democrats, will help ensure we are successful in this next mission, serving and getting results for Arizonans.”

The transition team will be co-chaired by Sharon Harper, a board member of the McCain Institute and business leader, and Luis Heredia, Yuma native and executive director of the Arizona Education Association.

“I am honored to co-lead Senator-elect Mark Kelly’s bipartisan transition team,” said Transition Co-Chair Sharon Harper, CEO of Plaza Companies. “I know that Arizona’s businesses will have a champion with Sen.-elect Kelly representing them in the Senate. I will do everything I can to ensure that he is successful in his mission to put Arizona first and country first.”

“I’m proud to co-lead this bipartisan transition team with community leaders from across our state,” said Transition Co-Chair Luis Heredia, Executive Director of the Arizona Education Association. “This year has been challenging for Arizona’s students, parents and educators. It’s why Arizonans voted for change and for a leader like Senator-elect Mark Kelly who will invest in our public schools. Educators have a seat at the table with Mark Kelly in the U.S. Senate.”

The transition team is comprised of the following Arizona leaders:

Co-Chairs: Sharon Harper and Luis Heredia


David Adame, President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa

Ron Barber, Former U.S. House Member from Arizona

Yolanda Bejarano, Communications Workers of America

Coral Evans, Mayor of Flagstaff

Dr. Joe Gerald, Associate Professor & Program Director, Public Health Policy & Management at University of Arizona

Luther Lee, Member of the Navajo Nation, Tribal Director for Rep. Tom O’Halleran

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ted Maxwell, President/CEO, Southern Arizona Leadership Council

Diane McCarthy, Director, Business Partnerships/Legislative Affairs at West-MEC

Bill McDonald, Rancher, founding Executive Director of Malpai Borderlands Group

Sarah Porter, Director, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University

Blanca Varela, District Director for Rep. O’Halleran, Pinal County Resident

Kelly’s bipartisan transition team will advise him and meet regularly to discuss priorities including issues important to Arizonans, outreach to communities across the state, both urban and rural, staffing, and other key issues. The transition team will also work to assemble advisory groups in the first 100 days.