Education & Public Service
Representative Macario Saldate graduated from Pueblo High School in 1959. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona in 1965, a Master of Education degree in Special Education in 1967, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Special Education Administration in 1972. Immediately, he began initiating Bilingual Education programs at Arizona culminating in 1975 in the creation of a Doctoral Degree Program with a Specialization in Bilingual Education.
In 1981, he became the founding Director of The Mexican American Studies & Research Center now a department known as the Department of Mexican American Studies. In 1989, he became the Director of the Guadalajara Summer School teaching students for twenty years the importance of being active in their community. In 2009, Representative Saldate became a retired professor of Educational Foundations & Administration at Arizona. His public service began in 1972 as a member and then Chair of the Pima Community College District Board of Governors. More recently, he was elected in 2010 to the Arizona House of Representatives in District 27.
In 2012, he was again elected to the legislature this time in District 3 where he currently serves as a proponent of education making him a natural advocate for his constituents. A well published writer of technical reports and both referred and non-referred works, Representative Saldate has also had a number of speaking engagements including one in 1988 at the National Hispanic Leadership Conference Meeting with the then Secretary of Education, Lauro Cabazas.