Senator Adam Driggs is proud to be born and raised in District 28. He grew up in the north central part of District 28 and attended Madison Meadows, back when it was a K-8 school. At the age of 9, he moved with his family to the eastern part of District 28 and attended Hopi Elementary, Ingleside Middle School and graduated from Arcadia High School.
He studied Economics in undergraduate school and then attended the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Adam married Leonore Mortensen in 1998. She was also born and raised in the area and attended Camelback High School. Leonore attended the University of Arizona and later graduated summa cum laude from ASU in Elementary Education. She is also a former elementary school teacher in the Creighton School District. She now is actively involved in raising their beautiful children. They have five children. Their daughter Emily attends Arcadia High School. Their son J.R. attends Ingleside Middle School and Charlie and Walter attend Tavan Elementary School. Their youngest, Olivia, is two.
Many long time residents of the Valley will recognize Adam's father, John Driggs, who was the Mayor of Phoenix for two terms in the early 1970s. John's continued civic involvement has had a tremendous influence on Adam and has instilled in him a desire to contribute to the betterment of the community and state.
Adam's educational background and professional skills have been crucial to Adam's effectiveness in the legislature and have laid the foundation for the significant contributions he has made for the State.
After law school, Adam worked as a felony prosecutor, where he worked daily within the framework of the laws of the State of Arizona. Adam started his career as an attorney at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. He also started a successful small business in 1997, which he sold in 2009. He currently practices law in Phoenix.
- Former Felony Prosecutor - As a former Maricopa County Deputy Attorney, Adam has firsthand experience with the crime problem in our state. Adam has prosecuted illegal immigrants, armed-robbers, drug-traffickers, sexual predators, drunk-drivers, and many other criminals. He has worked together with law enforcement officers, probation officers, and correction officers. He believes that fighting crime is one of the most important responsibilities of state government.
- Successful Small Business Owner - Adam owned and operated a small business in Phoenix for twelve years. Adam has managed employees in the day-to-day operations of the business. He has had to make difficult decisions during economic slowdowns. Adam has dealt first hand with various issues like employee health care benefits and the tax burden on small business. He believes that the state has the responsibility to foster an environment that promotes economic growth.
- Private Law Practice - Adam Driggs has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona since 1993. Adam's primary areas of expertise are Constitutional Law, Citizenship and federal immigration law, criminal law, and international sports law. Adam has litigated several high profile and complex cases before City, State, and Federal Court and in international tribunals.
As an attorney, Adam represented the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team in three hearings prior to the 2002 Olympic games and has represented several Olympic athletes in his career.
Adam has been very involved in the community. A short list of his activities include working as a Boy Scout and Cub Scout Leader, Youth Mentor, Educational Programs, and Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
He has worked on many pro-bono legal projects helping people who cannot afford legal representation in complex cases, particularly cases involving domestic violence. In 2013, Adam was asked to serve on Governor Jan Brewer’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.
Adam takes a break from working on a home for Habitat for Humanity to hold his child and visit with the new homeowners.
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