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Rhonda L Barnes

is general counsel and deputy chief of staff to the Democratic caucus in the state house of representatives. She began working there in the fall of 2011 and currently staffs the house elections committee and the house rules committee, primarily focusing on election legislation and the constitutionality of pending legislation. From 2005 to 2011, Rhonda was a litigation associate at the law firm Perkins Coie, where she worked on numerous election matters, including candidate nomination petition challenges, initiative drafting and litigation, advising political parties and numerous candidates, in addition to general civil litigation involving public records, civil rights and Indian law. Rhonda clerked for Justice Rebecca Berch on the Arizona Supreme Court after graduating from the Arizona State University College of Law in 2004. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1998.