Who is Jo Craycraft?

Your Clean Elections Candidate Running to Serve All People and Families in AZ

Independent-Minded Democrat with a Career in Law Enforcement


After a career of more than 30 years in local and federal law enforcement, Jo Craycraft now has her heart and mind set on serving the people of Arizona. From a seat in the state Senate, Jo believes she can make a difference for all people. Her law enforcement background, legal mind and compassion are the perfect foundation for a common-sense lawmaker who is dedicated to serving the best interests of Arizona.

Jo was born in California and raised in Indiana. She earned two degrees, in Psychology and Criminal Justice, from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and then served 12 years as a police officer in Tempe, Arizona, and Los Altos, California.

While serving as a police officer, she earned her MBA and then went on to get her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Santa Clara Law School in Santa Clara, California.

With her law degree in hand, she started her own Private Investigation Agency in California. “This was an incredible opportunity as I worked side by side with my sister and built the business from the ground up,” Jo says.

Following two successful years, she was hired by the FBI and moved to Virginia to start her training at the FBI Academy. She worked in many areas, including White Collar Crime, Foreign Counter-Intelligence, Recruitment, Technology and Surveillance. “Working for the FBI is the greatest job in the world, and I live the motto: Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity.”

After working 20 years and retiring from the FBI, Jo now is seeking to represent the people of Arizona Senate district 1. Her family lives in the Phoenix area and she moved to Prescott, Arizona, in 2014. She stays close with her family; her sister Sonja is the caregiver for their 96-year-old mother, and Jo will commute weekends to Phoenix to help care for her mother. She understands first-hand the importance of quality health care for the elderly and our veterans, who live in one of the top retirement states in the country,

An athlete who played six varsity sports in school, Jo now volunteers her time to coach teams at the local middle school and the YMCA. She currently plays on a softball team in Phoenix called the Stingers.

Jo is excited to bring her talent as a team player to the state legislature. Her ability to listen, negotiate, debate and compromise in regard to important issues and laws that impact the lives of people living in Arizona will be the key to her success in the legislature.