About Begay for Arizona
Senator Begay was born on the Navajo Nation and he is Tó’tsohnii (Big Water), born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House) clans. His maternal grand parents are Tl'izi lani (Many Goats clan). His paternal grandparents are also of the Tl'izi lani (Many Goats clan). Senator Begay is a lifetime resident of Arizona and grew up on the Navajo Nation near Black Mesa and was raised under the teaching of his ancestry, instilling in him the importance of remembering the story of his people and carrying it on to his descendants.
Senator Begay graduated from Coconino High School in Flagstaff, AZ. After graduation he listened to his grandfather’s advice to get a college education and was reminded to “ask yourself these questions: What is important to me; what do I want to accomplish in school and in life; and what opportunities are open to me?” the advice continued “get an education, apply yourself, make the most of every opportunity and let your interests guide you to find something you’re passionate about. If you find something that you love, you will find that you are going to work harder, you are going to try harder, you are going to be better at it, and you’re going to enjoy your life more. The reward and satisfaction is that you get an opportunity to make a difference.”
Begay graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and was a student in the Minority Medical Education Program at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine. He continued his education and attended the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He also attended the Arizona International College in Tucson and was in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics program, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath, Winter Institute, in Baltimore, MD, and Harvard School of Public Health, Summer Session Public Health Studies, Boston, MA.
Senator Begay has since devoted his life to improving the lives of American Indian communities and making a difference in our state and country. Senator Begay stated “My grandfather’s counsel has been a guiding influence in my life. Because of the positive encouragement that I received from so many people while growing up on the reservation, and the opportunity to receive an excellent education, I have developed a vision and a burning passion on ways that we can improve the lives of the people living in our legislative district. My background and experience in healthcare has allowed me to help American Indian Tribes across the country to receive better healthcare. I am committed to bring that same vision, passion and experience to the Arizona Senate.