State Representative Reginald Bolding is an educator, community leader, and social entrepreneur. Bolding a first generation college student is an outstanding 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, Reginald turned down a full-ride law school scholarship to become a Special Education teacher in South Phoenix to teach underserved youth.
Growing up in an underserved neighborhood himself, Bolding understood firsthand the obstacles and barriers faced by youth and families in these communities and wanted to help create change. He started a non-profit to provide students from low-income communities’ access to internships opportunities at top companies in Arizona.
At the age of twenty-eight, Bolding was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives representing downtown Phoenix, South Phoenix, Laveen, Tempe, and the Gila River Indian Community.
During his first term, Bolding was one of the most successful Democrats in the Arizona State Legislature. Representative Bolding introduced bills that would increase access to early child education, create tuition free higher education options, and worked to develop job training programs. Additionally, Bolding led a criminal justice reform agenda introducing bills that require body-worn cameras of law enforcement officers, sentencing reform, and reduced private prison contracts.
Representative Bolding serves on the House Education Committee and the Ways and Means Committee in the State Legislature.
In 2016, Representative Bolding helped launch Veterans Reach to Teach - an initiative to provide veterans an opportunity and pathway to serve as teachers in Arizona classrooms.
Bolding sits on the board of The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Leading for Change, and The State of Black Arizona.
Representative Bolding and wife Cymone live in the South Mountain/Laveen community.