Coordinates: 33°26′53″N 112°5′45″W / 33.44806°N 112.09583°W / 33.44806; -112.09583

Arizona House of Representatives
53rd Arizona Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
New session started
January 9, 2017
J. D. Mesnard (R)
Since November 8, 2016
Speaker pro Tempore
TJ Shope (R)
Since November 8, 2016
Majority Leader
John Allen (R)
Since November 8, 2016
Majority Whip
Kelly Townsend (R)
Since November 8, 2016
Minority Leader
Rebecca Rios (D)
Since November 8, 2016
Seats 60 Representatives
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Political groups

Majority party

Minority party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 4, Arizona Constitution
Salary $24,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 8, 2016
(60 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(60 seats)
Redistricting Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Arizona State Capitol
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona • 85007
Arizona House of Representatives

The Arizona House of Representatives is the lower house of the Arizona Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Arizona. The upper house is the Senate. Its members are elected to two-year terms with a term limit of four consecutive terms (eight years). Members of the Republican Party currently hold a majority in the House.

Each of the state's 30 legislative districts elects two representatives. Multi-member districts are also used in the Washington, North Dakota and Idaho House of Representatives, as well as the New Jersey General Assembly, and are less common than the single-member districts used by most state legislatures.

Each representative represents a district of at least 172,000 people. The House convenes in the legislative chambers at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix.

Leadership of the House

The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus along with the Minority Leader, the Assistant Minority Leader, and the Minority Whip. The House as a whole shall pass a House resolution confirming the Speaker and the Chief Clerk of the House.[1] In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Outside of legislative authority, the Speaker is given the power to employ, terminate and alter the compensation of all House employees.[2] The Speaker has full final authority of all expenses charged to the House of Representatives, further, the Speaker the individual responsible for approving House expense accounts. The minority party selects a Minority Leader, an Assistant Minority Leader and a Minority Whip in a closed caucus.

Leadership information

Position Name Party Residence District
Speaker J.D. Mesnard Republican Chandler District 17
Speaker Pro Tempore TJ Shope Republican Coolidge District 8
Majority Leader John Allen Republican Scottsdale District 15
Majority Whip Kelly Townsend Republican Mesa District 16
Minority Leader Rebecca Rios Democratic Phoenix District 27
Assistant Minority Leader Randy Friese Democratic Tucson District 9
Minority Whip Charlene Fernandez Democratic Yuma District 4

Current composition

35 25
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 36 24 60 0
Begin 2016 session 35 25 60 0
Latest voting share 58.3% 41.7%

Current members, 2017–2019

District Name Party Residence First elected
1 David Stringer Rep Prescott 2016
Noel W. Campbell Rep Prescott 2014
2 Daniel Hernández Jr. Dem Tucson 2016
Rosanna Gabaldón Dem Sahuarita 2012
3 Sally Ann Gonzales Dem Tucson 2010
Macario Saldate Dem Tucson 2010
4 Charlene Fernandez Dem Yuma 2012
Geraldine Peten Dem Goodyear 2017†
5 Paul Mosley Rep Lake Havasu City 2016
Regina Cobb Rep Kingman 2014
6 Brenda Barton Rep Payson 2010
Bob Thorpe Rep Flagstaff 2012
7 Wenona Benally Dem Window Rock 2016
Eric Descheenie Dem Chinle 2016
8 David Cook Rep Casa Grande 2008
TJ Shope Rep Coolidge 2012
9 Pamela Hannley Dem Tucson 2016
Randall Friese Dem Tucson 2014
10 Kirsten Engel Dem Tucson 2016
Todd Clodfelter Rep Tucson 2016
11 Vince Leach Rep Saddlebrooke 2014
Mark Finchem Rep Oro Valley 2014
12 Travis Grantham Rep Gilbert 2016
Eddie Farnsworth Rep Gilbert 2010
13 Tim Dunn Rep Yuma 2018†
Darin Mitchell Rep Litchfield Park 2012
14 Becky Nutt Rep Sierra Vista 2016
Drew John Rep Sierra Vista 2016
15 Heather Carter Rep Cave Creek 2010
John Allen Rep Scottsdale 2012
16 Doug Coleman Rep Apache Junction 2012
Kelly Townsend Rep Mesa 2012
17 Jeff Weninger Rep Chandler 2015
J. D. Mesnard Rep Chandler 2010
18 Jill Norgaard Rep Phoenix 2014
Denise Epstein Dem Chandler 2010
19 Diego Espinoza Dem Avondale 2014
Mark Cardenas Dem Phoenix 2012
20 Paul Boyer Rep Phoenix 2012
Anthony Kern Rep Glendale 2014
21 Kevin Payne Rep Sun City 2016
Tony Rivero Rep Glendale 2014
22 Ben Toma Rep Peoria 2017†
David Livingston Rep Peoria 2012
23 Jay Lawrence Rep Fountain Hills 2014
Michelle Ugenti-Rita Rep Scottsdale 2010
24 Ken Clark Dem Phoenix 2015
Lela Alston Dem Phoenix 2010
25 Michelle Udall Rep Mesa 2016
Russell Bowers Rep Mesa 2014
26 Isela Blanc Dem Tempe 2016
Athena Salman Dem Tempe 2016
27 Reginald Bolding Dem Phoenix 2014
Rebecca Rios Dem Phoenix 2014
28 Maria Syms Rep Phoenix 2016
Kelli Butler Dem Paradise Valley 2016
29 Richard C. Andrade Dem Phoenix 2014
Cesar Chavez Dem Phoenix 2016
30 Ray Martinez Dem Glendale 2016
Tony Navarrete Dem Phoenix 2016

†Member was originally appointed to the office.

Past composition of the House of Representatives


Current committees include:[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Rules of the Arizona House of Representatives" (PDF). azleg.gov. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rules of the Arizona House of Representatives" (PDF). azleg.gov. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Arizona House Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

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