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David Schapira

state senator, Arizona

David Schapira is a third generation Arizonan and Valley native. He is a former high school teacher, political activist and small business owner who first moved to Tempe in 1984. Schapira's career has been rooted in improving his community. He served as a public high school teacher in the Valley, as an aide to US Senator Tom Daschle in Washington, DC and as manager of Terry Goddard's 2002 campaign for Arizona Attorney General. In 2003, Schapira founded a consulting business. Schapira's company, Democracy Online Campaigns, designs websites and communication strategies for campaigns and small businesses across the country. Community service has been a large part of Schapira's life. He was a member of the Kiwanis youth group, Key Club, in which he held various leadership positions. Schapira, a cancer survivor, has also worked with the American Cancer Society both as staff and as a volunteer. Schapira’s focus at the Legislature is the education of Arizona’s children. As a former public school teacher, he knows the future of education in Arizona depends on investing in student learning, reducing class sizes, paying teachers reasonable wages and working to make our state’s universities leaders in higher education and research. A product of Arizona public schools, Schapira also attended Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University before receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.