Former Arizona lawmaker Terri Proud files $800K claim against the state

2013-10-18T14:00:00Z 2013-10-18T19:26:13Z Former Arizona lawmaker Terri Proud files $800K claim against the stateJoe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A former state lawmaker has filed an $800,000 claim against the state over her firing from a job she held for a few days last year.

Terri Proud submitted the claim — a precursor to a formal lawsuit — seeking damages related to her termination last year from a relatively low-level job at the state's Department of Veterans Services.

Her firing, which occurred last in April, made national headlines when she said in an Arizona Daily Star news story that menstrual cycles might be too problematic for women to serve in combat.

She was then fired from the administrative assistant position at the Department of Veterans Services. It paid $40,000 a year.

The then-director of the department, Joey Strickland, resigned immediately after the comments became public. He had previously had been told by Gov. Jan Brewer not to hire Proud.

Proud, who served one term in the statehouse, alleges the firing was politically motivated for her actions while in office and places the blame directly on Brewer.

"When I do a job in compliance with those who elected me, it is not OK for a Governor to play political payback for doing that job," she said in a statement to the Star.

Proud claims Brewer's actions went not only after her personally but her entire family.

Her claim seeks damages for retaliation, defamation, misuse of power and influence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

"The notice of claim was filed to protect my right to sue should I decide to do so within a year," Proud said

Earlier this summer, Proud announced she would be a Republican candidate for one of the two seats available for the Arizona State House of Representatives in Legislative District 11.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson 

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