I am honored and blessed to serve as your State Senator. I ran for office to make a positive difference in our state and nation and I’ve developed a reputation for taking on big issues to accomplish that goal. Because of my hard work I have been named “Senator of the Year” by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, “Legislator of the Year” by the American Legislative Exchange Council-a national organization, “Friend of the Taxpayer” by Americans for Prosperity, “Friend of the Family” by the AZ Family Project and “Legislator of the Year” by the Arizona Republican Party. I couldn’t have done that without the help of many great people.
This year my biggest accomplishment was pension reform. After working for a year with firefighters, police, cities, the Reason Foundation, the governor’s office, and Republican and Democratic legislators we negotiated legislation that sustains the pension system for our firefighters and police and saves taxpayers over $1.5 billion. I am pleased that voters passed my legislation, Proposition 124, with a 70% approval rate.
My next goals are to find a solution to “Surprise” healthcare billing and to help improve the Department of Child Safety in order to protect innocent children. To that end, I am meeting with doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to find out how we can help prevent hospital patients from being billed by out-of- insurance network providers when the patient has no control over who is treating them. I am also going on a series of ride-alongs with Department of Child Service employees to better understand how the agency works.
I represent fantastic people in Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, and Youngtown. If you have a problem, comment, or question please contact me anytime at DLesko@azleg.gov or call 602-926-5413.