Bruce Wheeler is a Democratic candidate for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. He has dedicated much of his life to public service, including eight years in the Tucson City Council and most recently, 6 years in the Arizona House of Representatives, where he served in leadership roles as House Minority Whip and Assistant Minority Leader. Bruce was instrumental in passing important legislation for the same constituents he will be serving if elected to the Second Congressional District.
Bruce was born in Venezuela, the son of an American father and a Colombian mother. Because of his father’s profession as a geologist, Bruce and his family lived in four different Andean countries until he came to the United States for his college education.
Bruce’s political involvement is a direct consequence of witnessing the economic and social injustices surrounding him at a very early age in countries ruled by autocratic governments that did not respect society’s demand for democracy and equal opportunity. Bruce recognized from afar, and now close to home, that the Constitution and the rule of law in the United States remains the strongest beacon of hope for the rights of humanity, through the practice of an engaged and democratic society.
Bruce moved to Tucson in 1969 and earned his BA in International Relations from the University of Arizona in 1972. Two years later, he ran for and won a seat in the Arizona State House of Representatives, where he served a single term. In 1977, he decided to pursue his photography ambitions, traveling to different parts of the world to capture humanity through his lens. He also intermittently worked as a residential construction worker, until joining the Tucson Airport Authority in 1985, where he stayed until retiring after 20 years as their Director of Energy Management.
In addition to his job at the Tucson Airport, Bruce was also elected twice to the Tucson City Council, serving from 1987 to 1995. In 2010, four years after his retirement and after a fifteen-year hiatus from politics, Bruce returned to public service by being elected three times to the Arizona House of Representatives, where he served in different leadership roles and helped pass major legislation, including Medicare expansion in 2013.
Bruce’s greatest satisfaction in life is the success of his two sons. They attended Tucson public schools and between them went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.
Bruce's two sons, Kevin and Jason, and dog, Coley.
Bruce in the Arizona State House of Representatives.