The Arizona Senate is part of the Arizona Legislature, the state legislature of the US state of Arizona. The Senate consists of 30 members each representing an average of 219,859 constituents (2009 figures). Members serve two-year terms with term limits that limit Senators to four terms for a total of eight years. Members of the Republican Party are currently the majority in the Senate.

As with the Arizona House of Representatives, members to the Senate are elected from the same legislative districts as House members, however one Senator represents the constituency, while for the House there are two Representatives per district. This districting system is similar to those of the Idaho and Washington State Senate. In political science, this type of legislative district is called a multi-member district.

Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions and boards.

The Senate convenes in the adjacent legislative chambers at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix.

Leadership of the Senate

Arizona, along with Oregon, Maine and Wyoming, is one of the four U.S. states to have abolished the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the nominal senate president in many states. As a result, the Senate elects its own presiding officer, the President of the Senate, who presides over the body, appoints members to all of the Senate's committees and to joint committees, and may create other committees and subcommittees if desired. The Senate President also appoints a President pro tempore, who serves for the duration of a session of the legislature, to preside in his absence, and may appoint a temporary President pro tempore in the absence of the President and President pro tempore.[1]

The current President of the Senate is Republican Steve Yarbrough of District 17, the Senate Majority Leader is Kimberly Yee of District 20.[2] The current Minority Leader is Katie Hobbs of District 24 with Steve Farley of District 9 as the Assistant Minority Leader.[3]

Leadership information

Position Name Party Residence District
President of the Senate Steve Yarbrough Republican Chandler District 17
President Pro Tempore John Kavanagh Republican Scottsdale District 23
Majority Leader Kimberly Yee Republican Phoenix District 20
Majority Whip Gail Griffin Republican Hereford District 14
Minority Leader Katie Hobbs Democratic Phoenix District 24
Assistant Minority Leader Steve Farley Democratic Tucson District 9
Minority Whip Lupe Contreras Democratic Cashion District 19

Current composition

17 13
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
2011–2013 21 9 30 1
2013–2015 17 13 30 0
Begin 2015–17 17 13 30 0
November 23, 2015[4] 18 12
December 15, 2015[5] 17 29 1
December 22, 2015[6] 18 30 0
Begin 2017–19 17 13 30 0
Latest voting share 57% 43%

Current members, 2017–2019

District Senator Party Residence Assumed office on
1 Karen Fann Rep Prescott 2017
2 Andrea Dalessandro Dem Green Valley 2014†
3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Dem Tucson 2011
4 Lisa Otondo Dem Yuma 2017
5 Sonny Borrelli Rep Lake Havasu City 2017
6 Sylvia Allen Rep Heber 2015†
7 Jamescita Peshlakai Dem Cameron 2017
8 Frank Pratt Rep Casa Grande 2017
9 Steve Farley Dem Tucson 2013
10 David Bradley Dem Tucson 2013
11 Steve Smith Rep Maricopa 2011
12 Warren Petersen Rep Gilbert 2017
13 Sine Kerr Rep Buckeye 2018†
14 Gail Griffin Rep Hereford 2011
15 Nancy Barto Rep Phoenix 2011
16 Dave Farnsworth Rep Mesa 2013†
17 Steve Yarbrough Rep Chandler 2011
18 Sean Bowie Dem Ahwatukee 2017
19 Lupe Contreras Dem Cashion 2015
20 Kimberly Yee Rep Phoenix 2013
21 Rick Gray Rep Sun City 2018†
22 Judy Burges Rep Sun City West 2012
23 John Kavanagh Rep Fountain Hills 2007
24 Katie Hobbs Dem Phoenix 2013
25 Bob Worsley Rep Mesa 2013
26 Juan Mendez Dem Tempe 2017
27 Catherine Miranda Dem Phoenix 2006
28 Kate Brophy McGee Rep Phoenix 2017
29 Martin Quezada Dem Phoenix 2012
30 Robert Meza Dem Phoenix 2011

† Member was originally appointed.


Current committees include:[7]

Past composition of the Senate

See also


  1. ^ Senate Rule 2: The President
  2. ^ Arizona State Legislature. "Fifty-second Legislature - Second Regular Session Roster". Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Member Roster". Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ Carlyle Begay (District 7) switched parties from Democratic to Republican [1]
  5. ^ Kelli Ward (District 5) resigned [2]
  6. ^ "Next lawmaker up: Sue Donahue is newest Arizona state senator". Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Arizona Senate Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

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