Lea Marquez Peterson

Education:B.A., University of Arizona
M.B.A., Pepperdine University

Lea Marquez Peterson was the 2018 Republican nominee for the U.S. House to represent Arizona District 2, losing to incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick.

Marquez Peterson received her undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. An entrepreneur and small business owner, Peterson previously owned and operated a chain of gas stations and convenience stores in the Tucson area, as well as a business brokerage firm.

Since 2009, Marquez Peterson has served as president & CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as the executive director for Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) from 2005 to 2009. She was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to co-chair the Arizona Zanjeros, a business leadership group formed to promote economic development in the state. She also served on Governor-elect Doug Ducey’s transition team in 2014. Peterson has served on a number of state, county, and city-level boards.

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