Marilyn Black Jarrett

General Information

Marilyn Black, Marilyn Jarrett, Mrs. Howard Jarrett
Female
March 4, 1939
Snowflake, Navajo Co., AZ, USA
March 10, 2006
Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, USA
Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa Co., Arizona
Photograph of Marilyn Black Jarrett

Legislative Resolution

View Legislative Resolution File for Marilyn Black Jarrett

Biographical Information

Rep. Marilyn Jarrett resigned her House seat on September 12, 2001 and was sworn in on September 12, 2001 to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Sen. Russell Bowers.  She was replaced by Gary Pierce who was appointed and sworn in on September 24, 2001 (Journal of the Arizona House of Representatives, 45th Legislature, 2001, pp. vi, v).  The following is from ALIS for the 47th Arizona State Legislature, 2nd Regular Session (2006):

Marilyn Jarrett  
Republican  District 19
Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 305
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5288
Fax Number: (602) 417-3161
Email Address:
[email protected]
Home City: Mesa
Occupation: Former Small Business Owner
Member Since: 1995

Born: Snowflake, AZ
Age: 62
Married to Howard Jarrett
Children: 5
Grandchildren: 12
Attended: Arizona State University, Brigham Young University
Community Service: While my children were at home I served with the Girl Scouts of America, the Boy Scouts of America, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Advisor, active in Church Choir, served on the Original Visions Mesa Committee, currently advisor for Boy Scouts merit badges.

Taught adult education sewing classes at San Juan Jr. College, Farmington, New Mexico

Previous Business Experience:

Income Tax Service
Fabric store, owner
Orthodontics Laboratory, owner

Political background:

Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Captain
Past President of Mesa Chapter of the Federation of Republican Women
First Vice-chairman District 21 Republicans
President of Arizona Organization of Women Legislators
Area Director of Arizona Organization of Women Legislators

Positions Held in the Legislature-

Past: Majority Whip: Arizona House of Representatives
Chairman: Government Reform and States Rights
Chairman: Federal Mandates and States Rights
Chairman: Ethics Committee
Chairman: Judiciary Committee

Present: Senator

Committees I have served on include:

Government Operations; Judiciary; Human Services; Environment; Block Grants; Way & Means; Rules; Ethics; Banking and Insurance; Senate Family Services; Senate Finance; Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment

Sen. Marilyn Jarrett died March 10, 2006 and she was replaced by Chuck Gray who took the oath of office as Senator from District 19 on March 15, 2006 (Journal of the Senate, 47th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session, 2006, list of members)

The following is from the Legislative death resolution:

Senator Marilyn Jarrett passed away suddenly on March 10, 2006 at the age of sixty-seven.

Born in Snowflake, Arizona on March 4, 1939, Marilyn Jarrett lived most of her life in this state and served it admirably as a public servant and community leader.  While growing up in rural Arizona, Senator Jarrett learned the value of hard work and how to take on and fulfill responsibility.  These values stayed with her and served her well through years of public service.  Senator Jarrett left the country but the country roots never left her.

In addition to raising five children and enjoying success as a business owner, Senator Jarrett served as a precinct committee member, as president of the Mesa GOP Women and as a member of Mesa Vision, a city planning organization.

Senator Jarrett began her distinguished career in the Arizona Legislature as a member of the House of Representatives in 1995 before being appointed as the State Senator for District 19 in 2001.  She was serving as President Pro Tempore in the Senate at the time of her death, and she had served both chambers as Majority Whip during her tenure.  Senator Jarrett also served as chairperson of numerous committees during her legislative career and was co-chairperson of the Healthy Forest Initiative Committee at the time of her death.  She was a vocal advocate of issues involving forest health, public safety and the justice system.

Senator Jarrett had a quiet presence and stately demeanor about her that were admired by all, and she was well-respected on both sides of the political aisle.  Although she was very firm in her convictions, she mastered the art of being able to disagree without becoming disagreeable.

Senator Jarrett was an active member of the National Order of Women Legislators and was elected as the group's president in 2005.  She held the unique distinction of being the only legislator from the State of Arizona to be voted Legislator of the Year twice by the National Order of Women Legislators.

Employment

Occupation Title Years
Business/Financial/Office income tax service
Business/Financial/Office owner, fabric store
Health Care owner, orthodontics laboratory

Arizona Legislative Service

Session Chamber Party District City County Office Notes
42nd Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa
42nd Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa
43rd Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa
43rd Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa
44th Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa
44th Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa
45th Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa Majority Whip resigned from the House 9/12/2001 to move to the Senate
45th Legislature, 1st Regular Senate Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa sworn in 9/12/2001 to replace Sen. Russell Bowers who resigned
45th Legislature, 2nd Regular Senate Republican 21 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa
46th Legislature, 1st Regular Senate Republican 19 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa Majority Whip
46th Legislature, 2nd Regular Senate Republican 19 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa Majority Whip
47th Legislature, 1st Regular Senate Republican 19 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa President Pro Tempore
47th Legislature, 2nd Regular Senate Republican 19 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Mesa Maricopa President Pro Tempore died 3/10/2006 and was replaced by Chuck Gray

Sources

Birth: Legislative death resolution and SSDI; Death:  obituary:  Robbie Sherwood.  "Sen. Marilyn Jarrett Is Dead At 67." The Arizona Republic, March 11, 2006, p. B 1, Legislative death resolution; Occupation(s):  ALIS 47-2R bio; Cemetery:  Obituary:  The Arizona Republic, March 16, 2006, p. B 9, parents:   Don "Spencer" and Irene Black