On Dec. 7, the Pima County Board of Supervisors appointed real estate investor and U.S. Army Reserve officer Morgan Abraham and attorney and law professor Christopher Mathis to Arizona House seats to fill vacancies. Morgan was appointed to fill the vacancy in the Arizona House of Representatives left by Stephanie Stahl-Hamilton, who was appointed to fill a Senate vacancy. Christopher was appointed to a District 9 seat to replace fellow Democrat Randy Friese, who resigned last month.
Morgan, also a Democrat, will represent Legislative District 10, which includes both Tucson and unincorporated areas around the city. Under state law, the two new representatives appointed Tuesday had to be Democrats because they replaced Democratic lawmakers. Their appointment will begin during the House’s next legislative session starting in January 2022.
Morgan is a Center for Jewish Philanthropy Board of Trustees member. He joined the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona in 2019. When the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona merged governance structures into a single board in May 2021, Morgan joined as one of the inaugural members. Over the years, he has shown a steadfast commitment to our Southern Arizona Jewish community, including participation in JFSA’s Young Men’s Group.
Of his time in the House of Representatives, Abraham says, “I’m looking forward to working with other state legislators to pass legislation that fights antisemitism and protect Israel.”
Morgan formerly served as head of the city of Tucson’s Metropolitan Housing Commission. He works currently as a real estate investor and has made news in 2018 for buying the dilapidated Spanish Trail Motel in Tucson and turning it into affordable apartments with business partner Kevin Volk. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona.