Pastor was the son of a miner from Claypool, Arizona and the first in his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from ASU.
After graduating, Pastor became a teacher at North High School where he taught chemistry and later went on to serve as the deputy director of the Guadalupe Organization Inc., a community-based nonprofit organization. Pastor’s work with students, families and seniors motivated him to enroll in the College of Law at ASU where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1974.
Pastor also served on local and national Boards of Directors, including Neighborhood Housing Services of America, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), National Job Corps Alumni Association, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Arizona Association of Counties and Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC), among many others.
Pastor retired after serving 23 years in Congress. At the time, he was Arizona's senior member of Congress. He passed away on November 28, 2018.
Congressman Ed Pastor Archived Papers
Following his retirement from public office, Congressman Ed Pastor donated over 300 boxes of materials to ASU Libraries. These materials are available for research purposes:
Ed Pastor Papers 1977-1992
Preliminary Inventory of the Ed Pastor Papers 1966-2009
Learn more about Ed Pastor's legacy