Stan Barnes, a native Arizonan, is the founder and President of Copper State Consulting Group.
For much of the past 25 years, Barnes has been involved in virtually every facet of key political and media-related issues and is viewed as a seasoned veteran of both state and local public affairs battles in Arizona.
Before establishing the firm, Barnes served six years in the Arizona Legislature - first in the State House of Representatives where he was elected in 1988 as the youngest member of the 39th Legislature. He served as Chairman of the Natural Resources & Agriculture Committee, where he was appointed in only his second term in office.
Barnes was elected to the Arizona Senate in 1994 and served as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee. He was active on key legislative measures such as business tax reduction, streamlining environmental regulations and developing energy policy. During his service in the State Senate, Barnes was appointed to the American Council of Young Political Leaders and led a delegation of elected officials from across the U.S. on a diplomatic tour of Australia.
In addition to running his practice, Barnes is a highly regarded political commentator, regularly appearing on Arizona television and radio news programs, as well as frequent guest editorials in state and local newspapers. He previously served as Editor-In-Chief of West Washington, a bi-weekly political newsletter on Arizona's elected officials and public policy debate.
Barnes is a 4th generation Arizonan born and raised on a family farm in rural Pinal County. He received his B.S. degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and went on to work for several years in broadcast media including both television and radio.
Stan and his wife Lisa have 5 children and live in Mesa.