Retired U.S. Naval Officer, Former U.S. Diplomat, Teacher & Mom


Catherine Ripley is a 2018 Candidate for Arizona State House, Legislative District (LD) 10 for the Democratic Party.

Catherine was raised in Wolf Point, Montana and graduated from Wolf Point High School. She was one of the first women accepted at Annapolis, graduating from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Engineering and minor in Political Science. She graduated from the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, California with a master’s degree in National Security Affairs.

Catherine proudly served as a Naval Officer for twenty-six years in anti-submarine warfare during the Cold War and as a diplomat, serving at two different U.S. Embassies abroad for Defense Cooperation in The Hague, and for the Defense Intelligence Agency as the Defense Attaché in Madagascar. She was also the Executive Officer for one of the largest Navy ROTC programs in the country, in Boston, Massachusetts where she trained over 1600 midshipmen to receive degrees and commissions from Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Tufts, and Northeastern University.

After retiring from the Navy, she accepted an executive leadership position at Raytheon in Tucson where she retired in 2015.

Catherine is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pima Community College, where she teaches political science, International Relations and the U.S. Constitution.

She has two grown children, Candace Ripley, age 29, and Alexander Ripley, age 28, and has lived and worked in southern Arizona for over 8 years.

Catherine’s international relations skills, combined with her diplomatic experiences abroad that made her successful in her multiple careers will serve her well in representing LD 10 in the Arizona State House.