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Arizona Sen. Peshlakai resigns, moves to Interior Department

Jamescita Peshlakai
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Arizona Democratic Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, a Democrat representing the Navajo Nation, addresses at a joint Senate and House session Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Phoenix. Arizona. Peshlakai has resigned Wednesday to take a position with the U.S. Department of the Interior, led by Secretary Deb Haaland.

Arizona state Sen. Jamescita Mae Peshlakai has resigned Wednesday to take a position with the U.S. Department of the Interior, led by Secretary Deb Haaland.

The Window Rock Democrat said in her resignation letter that she will “be more impactful for all of the western United States” in her new role.

She will begin in President Joe Biden’s administration next year.

Peshlakai, who was the state’s first Native American woman senator, resigned while midway through her third two-year term in Senate. She previously served in the state House.

Her district includes much of northern and eastern Arizona, including the Navajo Nation.