Representative Meg Burton-Cahill is a ceramic artist and long time Tempe community activist. Meg is a graduate of Tempe Leadership. Meg received the Arizona Citizen Action Citizen Activist Award in 2000 and is a graduate of the 2001 Western States Leadership Academy. She is currently a member of the City of Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues. Meg has a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Masters degree in Public Administration, both from Arizona State University. She is currently on leave from her doctorate studies.
Meg was first elected in 2000, the first Democrat to hold a House seat in her district in 40 years. In her first term, she was able to pass an Arizona Bill of Rights for deaf and hard of hearing children. Meg won re-election to the House in 2002. She sits on the Appropriations, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Municipalities and Utilities Committee. Meg is a regular participant in both regional and national workshops with the non-partisan progressive Center for Policy Alternatives organization. In addition, she is an advocate for numerous bipartisan associations including Arizona Human Rights, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Children's Action Alliance, Protecting Arizona's Families, Arizona Citizen Action and the East Valley Interfaith to name but a few. She is currently the Ranking House Democrat on Appropriations and the Joint Legislative Budget Committees. Other legislative service includes: Transportation, Utilities and Municipalities, Joint Prison Reform, State Employees Compensation, Libraries and Archives committees.
Representative Burton-Cahill is a founding member of the Bi-partisan Bi-cameral Children's Caucus. She believes the Children's Caucus was instrumental in the coalition of House moderates being able to hold together and pass a responsible and reasonable budget. Her current community service and appointments include: Arizona Emergency Services Governing Board, City of Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability issues, RRAC (Regional Rail Arts Commission), Tempe Empty Bowls Project, and Tempe Sister Cities.
Honors include: Arizona League of Cities - honored four years in a row and one of a handful of legislators to earn their highest honor in 2003 and 2004 for defending state shared revenues which cities depend on to fund fire and police services; named Outstanding Legislator 2003 by the Arizona Association of the Deaf; Connecting Arizona Advocates - 2003 Legislator of the Year; 2003 Fleming Fellow (selected by the Bi-partisan national organization Center for Policy Alternatives); 2004 Toll Fellow (sponsoring organization, Council of States Governments); recipient of the 2004 Church Women United Outstanding Young Woman Award. A nationally recognized Public Campaign Finance advocate, Meg has been quoted in editorials across the country and has testified on behalf of the Arizona Clean Elections system of public campaign finance in Portland Oregon, Washington D.C., California and before members of the Wisconsin Legislature. Meg has a strong voting record as a supporter of education including pre-K through 12, vocational training, our community college system, and our universities.
Meg is married to Dennis Cahill who served on the Tempe City Council from 1992-2004. Their son, Brendan, is in the United States Navy training to be a medic in the SEAL program.