Farhana Shifa is living the American Dream. Born in Bangladesh, she was studying in London when she was introduced to a Navy sailor stationed in San Diego. They fell in love, got married, and she moved to the United States to be with her husband Ralph.
Her journey to citizenship was an adventure as well, as Farhana nearly missed getting to take her oath of citizenship because her second child was born early, just two days before she was scheduled to take her oath of citizenship. She told the hospital staff they needed to get her to the ceremony and the doctors and nurses pulled it off, much to the concern of the immigration officials and judge that was handling the swearing in. They pulled her to the side and she took the oath, before being sent back to bed.
Farhana became a Republican because of her belief in the importance of individual liberties and of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of their race, creed, national origin, gender or ethnicity.
Like many Americans who are born elsewhere, the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence seemed almost magical, and Farhana has taken them to heart as she has gotten involved in the community in a variety of ways. As a small businesswoman, community leader, and volunteer for charitable causes, Farhana believes in giving back to the country that has given her so much.
Her political involvement is more recent, but over the last several years she has risen within the Arizona Republican Party and has helped lead the AZGOP’s Minority Outreach Programs that have taken the party’s message of opportunity for all into a wide variety of communities throughout Arizona.
Farhana, her husband, and their two children, have lived in Chandler for the last 12 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication, a Bachelor Degree in Education, and a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts.