By Tara Kavaler || The Arizona Republic
State Rep. Amish Shah announced Monday he is running for Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.
The seat is held by U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.
“I’m proud of the overall record (at the State Capitol) in that I’ve been able to move a lot of legislation, (with the) most number of bills of anyone in my party,” Shah, D-Phoenix, said. “The most number of bill votes in committee, most number of bills passed through the chamber, most number of bills signed into law.”
He cited as examples legislation that would allow cities to ban fireworks after 11 p.m., that would remove the requirement of an additional special consent form for HIV testing, and that would streamline the system of prior authorizations in Arizona before a medical procedure.
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Shah, 45, has been in the Arizona House of Representatives since 2019. He initially represented Legislative District 24 until redistricting last year, and now represents Legislative District 5.
Shah is board certified in emergency room and sports medicine and works at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. He has a master’s in public health, and health care policy is one of his areas of expertise. Shah is running on a platform of universal health care and says that access, staffing shortages, and costs are some of the main problems with the current health care system.