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.
|54th Arizona Legislature|
|4 terms (8 years)|
New session started
|January 14, 2019|
Length of term
|Authority||Article 4, Arizona Constitution|
|Salary||$24,000/year + per diem|
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
|Redistricting||Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission|
|State Senate Chamber|
Arizona State Capitol
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona • 85007
|Arizona State 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.
Leadership of the SenateEdit
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.
The current President of the Senate is Republican Karen Fann of District 1, the Senate Majority Leader is Rick Gray of District 21. The current Minority Leader is David Bradley of District 10 with Lupe Contreras of District 19 as the Assistant Minority Leader.
|President of the Senate||Karen Fann||Republican||Prescott||District 1|
|President Pro Tempore||Eddie Farnsworth||Republican||Gilbert||District 12|
|Majority Leader||Rick Gray||Republican||Sun City||District 21|
|Majority Whip||Sonny Borrelli||Republican||Lake Havasu City||District 5|
|Minority Leader||David Bradley||Democratic||Tucson||District 10|
|Assistant Minority Leader||Lupe Contreras||Democratic||Cashion||District 19|
|Minority Whip||Lisa Otondo||Democratic||Yuma||District 4|
|Minority Whip||Jamescita Peshlakai||Democratic||Cameron||District 7|
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|November 23, 2015||18||12|
|December 15, 2015||17||29||1|
|December 22, 2015||18||30||0|
|Latest voting share||57%||43%|
Current members, 2019–2021Edit
† Member was originally appointed.
Current committees include:
Past composition of the SenateEdit
- Senate Rule 2: The President
- "Member Roster". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- Carlyle Begay (District 7) switched parties from Democratic to Republican 
- Kelli Ward (District 5) resigned 
- "Next lawmaker up: Sue Donahue is newest Arizona state senator". Retrieved October 17, 2016.
- "Arizona Senate Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.