Cecil Ash was born right here in District 18. He attended grammar school in Mesa, then moved to the family's ranch about a hundred miles southeast of Mesa where he attended high school in Hayden, Arizona.
He obtained his undergraduate degree from BYU, then went to ASU Law School, graduating in 1976. Cecil practiced law for eighteen years, the last five serving as a public defender for Maricopa County.
In 1995 Cecil went into the family business, which was a large RV & Golf Resort in east Mesa. ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort consisted of 2000 RV spaces, multiple recreational facilities, a restaurant, and 27 holes of golf. This business was sold in 2004.
Upon the sale of the resort, Cecil and his wife, Linda, became increasingly involved with United Families International. UFI asked the Ashes if they would be willing to volunteer as representatives of the organization in New York City at the United Nations. For the next 2-½ years, they attended conferences and other meetings at the UN, and there promoted AIDS prevention and family values.
While in New York City, Cecil became a member of the "Romney for President" fund raising committee. When Cecil and Linda returned to Arizona in June 2007, they continued working with the Romney campaign. When Governor Romney dropped out of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, Cecil decided to run for the state legislature.
He was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in November 2008. For the last two years, Cecil has been vice-chair of the Judiciary Committee, and a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Public Employees, Retirement, and Entitlement Reform Committee. In November 2009, Cecil was appointed by the Speaker of the House as Chair of the House Interim Committee on Sentencing Reform, where he has taken a keen interest in evaluating the current sentencing laws of Arizona.
Cecil and Linda are the parents of five children, all of whom attended Mesa Public Schools, and all of whom graduated from Mesa High School with honors.
For more information about Cecil, as well as his political views, please go to www.cecilash.com .