Dan Nowicki and Daniel González
The Republic |

Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress, whose low-key style obscured his behind-the-scenes effectiveness in directing federal money to local projects, will leave a legacy as a hardworking lawmaker who was well-respected on both sides of the aisle.

The Democratic congressman unexpectedly announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election after 23 years on Capitol Hill.

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As an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, Alberto Olivas remembers seeing then Congressman Ed Pastor speak on campus.  His presence at ASU grew after the university moved into what is now the University Center building in downtown Phoenix, where Pastor long maintained a congressional office.  Thousands of students would pass by the office every day.

Now, Olivas returns to ASU to take on the role of founding executive director of the newly formed Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

United States Representative Ed Pastor received the University Medal of Excellence, considered one of Arizona State University’s most prestigious honors, from President Michael Crow at the fall undergraduate commencement today at Wells Fargo Arena.

Laurie Liles 
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Jack Lunsford says Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Phoenix, will be remembered for countless legislative contributions to Arizona, but the memory that best sums up the long-term congressman for Lunsford has nothing to do with politics.
It was the mid-1980s and the two had just finished lunch at Oaxaca Restaurant when Pastor was approached by a man asking for money to buy food.

July 8, 2015
Dan Nowicki, The Republic |

Retired Rep. Ed Pastor is donating $1 million from his leftover campaign funds to set up a new Center for Politics and Public Service at Arizona State University. Retired U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor is the namesake of a new center at Arizona State University that aims to encourage college students to become more politically engaged.

The Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service at ASU is being created using a $1 million donation from Pastor's unspent campaign money. Pastor, D-Ariz., did not seek re-election in 2014 after serving more than 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lawmakers are allowed to give leftover campaign funds to charity.

The ASU College of Public Service & Community Solutions will be home to the new Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service. Congressman Ed Pastor and Jonathan Koppell, Dean of ASU's College of Public Service & Community Solutions, will talk about the new center. (watch on Horizonte)