Representative Reginald Bolding
Representative Reginald Bolding is an educator, community leader, and social entrepreneur. In 2014, Bolding was elected to his first term in the Arizona House of Representatives. He represents District 27, covering most of Downtown Phoenix, South Phoenix, Guadalupe and Laveen.
Bolding, a first generation college student, is a scholar in both education and justice studies. After graduating at the top of his class from the University of Cincinnati, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and International Security, he turned down a full-ride law school scholarship to become a Special Education teacher in South Phoenix. He credited his hardworking single mother and an educator for helping him achieve his level of success to that point. In turn, he wanted to pay it forward and spark change in the lives of other students living in low-income communities as a classroom teacher.
The Arizona Republic named him as one of “14 Individuals Poised to Change Arizona”. He was also named one of Phoenix’s 40 people under the age of 40, by the Phoenix Business Journal. Previously, he has served as a Commissioner with the City of Phoenix’s Community Development Committee and the Public Defender Review Committee.
Bolding holds a Master’s degree in Education and is a current doctoral candidate at Arizona State University, where he also served as a Clinical Instructor in the ASU Teaching College. Currently, he is Managing Director of Alumni Affairs with Teach For America – Phoenix. In the State Legislature, he serves on both the Arizona House Education Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.