State Representative Ted Vogt is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, serving this country for six years as an intelligence officer. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Ted served in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and throughout the greater Middle East in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Because of his outstanding performance, Ted was hand-picked to serve as the daily intelligence briefer for both the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Leaving active duty in 2006, Ted returned home to Tucson and entered law school at the University of Arizona.
While in law school, Ted remained heavily involved in Homeland and National Security matters. During the summer of 2008, Ted worked on Homeland Security issues for the Office of the Vice President. In 2009, Ted clerked for Senator Jon Kyl on the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., as well as for the Criminal Division within the United States Attorney’s Office in Tucson.
Though only in his first full term, Ted has already proven himself to be an effective legislator. He introduced substantive legislation strengthening victims’ rights, combating human smuggling, and championing veterans’ education—all of which were signed into law. Ted has also taken the lead on tort reform for the Legislature, chairing the Tort Reform Working Group.
In the 50th Legislature, Ted serves as the Ethics Committee Chairman; Vice Chairman of Ways and Means Committee; and as a member of both the Judiciary Committee, as well as the Higher Education, Innovation & Reform Committee.
Prior to entering the Air Force in 2000, Ted spent time in the private sector as an investment banker, advertising executive, and as executive assistant to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Ted earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1995 and his J.D. from the University of Arizona Law School in 2010. Ted practices law at Smith & Smith, PLLC, where he is an associate.