Baku Forum 2017
Carlyle Begay is a lifetime resident of Arizona and grew up on the Navajo Nation near Black Mesa. Senator Begay graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After graduation, he continued his education and attended the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University earning a Master’s degree in Health Sector Manage- ment. Senator Begay continues to work with organizations that seek to have more American Indians preparing for health professions to improve the quality of care provided for and by American Indians in Arizona. Furthermore, Senator Begay currently serves as Chair of the Community Advisory Board to the Part- nership for the Center of American Indian Resiliency (CAIR) at Northern Arizona University and the U of A. As state Senator representing the Legislative District 7, he has continued to give a voice to rural and Native American communities and his constituents as a whole. He currently serves on the Senate committees of Education; Health and Human Services; Transportation; and Commerce & Workforce Development. Additionally, he serves as cochair of the Native Ameri- can Caucus, and Chair of the Senator Ad-Hoc Committee on Indian Affairs.