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Karan English (born March 23, 1949) served in the U.S. House of Representatives of the 103rd United States Congress from 1993 to 1995.

Karan English
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byJ. D. Hayworth
Member of the Arizona Senate
In office
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1949-03-23) March 23, 1949 (age 70)
Berkeley, California
Political partyDemocratic

A Democrat, English represented Arizona's 6th Congressional District, which in the 1990s included much of Mesa, Scottsdale and northeast Arizona. Prior to her election to the U.S. House of Representatives, English served as an Arizona State Senator (1991–1993), State Representative (1987–1991), and Coconino County supervisor (1981–1987). In the Arizona senate, English developed a reputation as a liberal on fiscal, social and environmental issues.

Despite being heavily outspent during her campaign, English won her 1992 General Election race against Republican Doug Wead after being endorsed by former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater. Goldwater said he thought Wead was out of touch with Arizona because of his relatively brief residency in the state—two years to English's 22. Wead countered that Goldwater's support of abortion rights spurred the unexpected crossing of party lines.[1] English may have also benefited from Democratic Party momentum in 1992, which was the year of Bill Clinton's first presidential election victory. Clinton came within a few percentage points of winning Arizona, and two other Democratic Representatives (Ed Pastor and Sam Coppersmith) were elected along with English to give Democrats the majority of the state's House delegation.

She was the second woman to represent Arizona in Congress, with Isabella Selmes Greenway (1933–1937) being the first.[2]

After serving a single term in Congress, English was defeated by Republican challenger J.D. Hayworth in 1994.

She is now involved with the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University.

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  1. ^ Yozwiak, Steve (30 October 1992). "Goldwater jolts GOP, backs Democrat". Arizona Republic.
  2. ^ Arizona Women's Political Caucus


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