January Contreras has dedicated her career to protecting Arizonans. As a Deputy County Attorney, Assistant Attorney General, founder of a not-for-profit and, most importantly, as a mother to two children, January has always been driven to protect others. When she says she will do the same for Arizona as our Attorney General, she means it.
She envisions an Arizona where every one of us feels safe, where our constitutional and civil rights are protected without fail, and where the powerful no longer get away with playing by their own set of rules.
Early Life and Education
January is a proud Arizonan. She is a fourth-generation Arizonan and the daughter of postal workers. She attended the same school as her mother, Ann Ott Elementary School in Phoenix, before moving to Mesa and graduating from Westwood High School. She went on to earn her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
January was a county and state prosecutor before founding a legal aid organization, so kids and young adults who have survived trauma, homelessness, and the foster care system have access to lawyers who will fight for them. January previously served as the Interim Director of the Halle Center for Family Justice, and before that she accepted an appointment in Washington, DC as the nation’s Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. January also served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano and as a designee to the White House Council on Women and Girls.
January put public safety first when she was a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and an Assistant Attorney General. As a criminal prosecutor, she made sure victims were heard, and earned a reputation for being tough and fair.
As Assistant Attorney General in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the Office of the Attorney General, she prosecuted fraud, waste, and abuse in our health care system to protect small businesses and taxpayer money.
January recently celebrated her 23rd wedding anniversary, and is the proud mother of two teenage sons. As a parent, there is nothing more important to her than ensuring the safety and well-being of her children. She will work with all families and communities in Arizona to ensure the same for our kids, parents, and grandparents every day.