Victor E. Soltero, Class of 1956

Public Service

soltero_victorVictor SolteroVictor E. Soltero is a life-long resident of South Tucson and is a proud member of Pueblo’s first graduating class. Victor has distinguished himself in numerous areas of service including personal, elected pubic service, military service, community service and in support of Warrior alumni.

Victor attended Mission View Elementary, Wakefield Junior High and Tucson High prior to the opening of the newly constructed Pueblo High School. After high school, he served six years in the Arizona Air National Guard. Victor worked for TUSD for 28 years prior to his retirement in 1991. During this time, Victor attended Pima Community College where he pursued employment-related classes.

Victor began his public service career in 1980 when he was appointed to the South Tucson City Council to fill an unexpired vacancy. He was re-elected for two terms and in 1988 was selected to serve as Mayor, a position he held until March 1991. During that same month, he was appointed to be an Arizona State Senator by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to fill a vacancy. He was re-elected for four terms. Due to mandatory term limits, he chose to seek office as a State Representative and was elected in 2000 and 2002. In January 2003 he was again unanimously appointed to the Arizona State Senate and remained there until his retirement in 2008.

Victor has received numerous awards and honors for his distinguished service and has been a significant contributor to the community and to Pueblo High School. In addition to his awards, Victor has volunteered with numerous community based and nonprofit organizations.

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