Pendergast District mourns the passing of Congressman Ed Pastor, a wonderful friend of education and the Pendergast District. Pastor passed away on November 28, 2018, leaving a legacy of service and support to the entire community.
Pastor was born in Claypool, Arizona, as the oldest of three children. After high school, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Arizona State University. He became a chemistry teacher at North High School in Phoenix and later went on to work as deputy director of the community service group Guadalupe Organization Inc. After returning to ASU to earn a law degree, he became an assistant to Arizona Governor Raúl Héctor Castro. In 1976, Pastor was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and he served three terms in that role as a county executive.
Pastor was a proud member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Latino congressman from Arizona's 7th district, which included parts of the Pendergast District from January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015. Self described as a “workhorse, not a show horse,” he always put others above himself and helped people to know their worth and their rights.
Governing Board President Senator Martin Quezada shared the impact Pastor has had on him and the entire community, “Ed Pastor was a hero and role model to so many of us. He showed us how vital it is to stand up for what you believe in and fight for the rights of others. He was the voice for those who needed representing and shared his time, energy and talents freely for so many causes that benefited our communities. We will miss his inspiration and leadership but his good deeds and legacy of service will live on. He encouraged all of us to be involved and care about our people and our communities. We are grateful for his years of service and guidance.”