Friday, March 27, 2015

Copper is the official metal of Arizona

Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation making copper the official metal of the state of Arizona.  [Right, copper plates produced in Arizona. Credit, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold]

According to the announcement from the governor's office, Senate Bill 1441 was sponsored by State Senator Steve Smith after a fourth-grade class at Copper Creek Elementary School in Tucson had the idea and reached out to him about it.

“These students helped create a bill that had bipartisan support and will now be forever part of Arizona’s history,” said Governor Ducey. “A crucial driver of our economy, copper is represented on our state seal and is one of Arizona’s ‘5 C’s’ along with climate, cattle, citrus and cotton.

Arizona produces nearly 2/3 of all the copper used in the U.S. 


  1. Anonymous3:45 AM

    copper always has been and will be the metal of Arizona. It made Arizona and enrichs and supplies the nation with a needed resource! It is past due that it should be recognized as such!

  2. I found this very interesting on how copper being the official metal of Arizona. I didn't know that Arizona produces that much copper for the U.S.

  3. Anonymous9:11 AM

    Congratulations to the children that made this happen, the wonderful Copper Creek students!