James Alan Hartdegen was appointed by Governor Brewer in May 2012 to represent Pinal County and complete the unexpired term of Terri Kibler. Prior to that, Mr. Hartdegen was elected and served two six-year terms (1997 – 2008) representing Pinal County on the CAWCD Board of Directors.
Mr. Hartdegen served in the United States Army and in Vietnam, attaining the rank of Sgt. E-5. He is a member of Who's Who in American Politics, American Legion, Arizona Town Hall, Casa Grande Chamber, and a Life Member of VFW.
While a Representative in the Arizona State Legislature from 1977 to 1991, he served as Chairman of the Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee for a number of years. He was a member of the Arizona Groundwater Study Commission that led to the 1980 Groundwater Act.
In 1999, he founded The Hartdegen Group, a professional lobbying organization that represents electrical districts.
Mr. Hartdegen attended Mesa Community College and Arizona State University.