Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, she had extensive experience in both the judiciary and the legislature in Arizona. In 1972 she was elected as Majority Leader in the Arizona Senate, and after being elected as judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and serving from 1975 to 1979, was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals and served from 1979 to 1981. In Arizona, she served in a wide range of volunteer and community positions, ranging from a local zoning commission to the Salvation Army. On the Supreme Court, she has generally voted with the majority, and her opinions are noted for their close attention to facts and judicious consideration of such topics as religious freedom, affirmative action, and state-federal relations.