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Episode 37: Tanya Wheeless on a New Vision for Arizona

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Tanya Wheeless

This week on Breaking Battlegrounds, Chuck and Sam are joined by Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, Tanya Wheeless. Tanya Wheeless is a valley native, who was born to teen parents, and is the granddaughter of immigrants. She grew up in a working class family that often struggled, but despite the challenges she learned the importance of faith, family, hard work, and personal responsibility.

Driven by the desire to create a better life for herself, Tanya worked from the time she was fourteen. She earned an academic scholarship to put herself through Arizona State University, becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. She went on to graduate from ASU Law with distinction earning a job at one of the nation’s top law firms.

As a lawyer, business association CEO, sports executive with the Phoenix Suns, small business owner, and community advocate she understands the impact that policy can have on our lives.


Tanya lives in Tempe with her husband Steve, an attorney and former F-16 pilot in the U.S. Air Force. They have three wonderful children and two dogs who keep them on their toes. When they aren’t hiking or exploring new places you can find them at grandma’s enjoying dinner and playing dominoes.


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