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Robert Barrett
Phone: 623-869-2135

James Alan Hartdegen was sworn in as a member of the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors representing Pinal County during the May 7 Board meeting.

Hartdegen was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to replace Terri Kibler, whose term ends in 2014. CAP Board members are popularly elected to six year terms with no pay and must reside in the county they represent. Board members come from Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties. Kibler no longer lives in Pinal County.

Hartdegen has a long history in Arizona politics. He served in the legislature from 1977 to 1991 and was Chairman of the Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee and a member of the Arizona Groundwater Study Commission that led to the 1980 Groundwater Act. In 1997 Hartdegen was elected to the CAP Board and served two terms.

Hartdegen served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. 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. In 1999, he founded The Hartdegen Group, a professional lobbying organization.

An Arizona native, Hartdegen resides in Casa Grande with his wife, Vickie. They have two adult children.