Meet Jen

Portrait of Jennifer Longdon. She wears a blue blouse and sits in a wheelchair. The Arizona State Capitol is in the background. Portrait by Brandon ThibodeauxJennifer Longdon is a fighter. She came to Arizona in 1999, drawn to its natural beauty and resources, and the warmth and determination of its people. Her son Matt attended Phoenix public schools and is a graduate of ASU. Jen has been an active member and force for good in her community. She resides in Phoenix’s FQ Story Historic Neighborhood.

In 2004, Jen was paralyzed in a random drive-by shooting, changing the trajectory of her life overnight. Before the shooting, Jen was a successful businesswoman and provider to her family. After the shooting she struggled to stay afloat, losing her health insurance while lying in a hospital bed in a coma and confronting poverty head on. But in the face of such adversity, Jen triumphed.

For 14 years she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and improve the lives of people with disabilities. She has also devoted significant time to gun violence prevention, spearheading grassroots efforts and advancing policy change at the local, state and national level. Additionally, she has invested herself in efforts to increase opportunities and access for other marginalized groups.

Jen has testified before the Arizona State Legislature, lobbied Congressional officials in Washington and injected enthusiasm and grit into countless civic efforts to build stronger, healthier communities and improve the lives of Arizonans.

Jen has served on a variety of boards and commissions including the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues, the Phoenix Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Public Impact Panel and the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council. She has also worked for the Maricopa County Elections Board, participated in the Phoenix Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy and is immediate past president of Arizonans for Gun Safety. Jen is a graduate of the Center for Progressive Leadership (2010) and Emerge Arizona’s candidate training programs (2012). She was a TEDx speaker and has been featured in local, regional, national and international news outlets including The Washington Post, The Toronto Star, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the Phoenix New Times, among others.

Jen wants to represent District 24 in the Arizona State Legislature to protect the bright future we want for ourselves and our children and their children. Jen has experience working locally, regionally and nationally. She knows how systems work and don’t work, and she knows what’s involved in getting the job done. 

Jen’s vision, drive and determination will ensure that the bedrock of community, good schools, good jobs, good housing and good healthcare is shored up, not dismantled by wrongheaded, divisive leadership.

Jen Longdon is the right leader for our time. And the time is now.