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

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.

Arizona Senate
54th Arizona Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
History
New session started
January 14, 2019
Leadership
Karen Fann (R)
since January 14, 2019
Eddie Farnsworth (R)
since January 14, 2019
Rick Gray (R)
since January 14, 2019
David Bradley (D)
since January 14, 2019
Structure
Seats30 senators
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Political groups
Majority party

Minority party

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, Arizona Constitution
Salary$24,000/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(30 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(30 seats)
RedistrictingArizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Arizona State Capitol
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona • 85007
Website
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.

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.

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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.[1]

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.[2]

Leadership informationEdit

Position Name Party Residence District
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

Current compositionEdit

17 13
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
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[3] 18 12
December 15, 2015[4] 17 29 1
December 22, 2015[5] 18 30 0
Begin 2017–19 17 13 30 0
Latest voting share 57% 43%

Current members, 2019–2021Edit

CommitteesEdit

Current committees include:[6]

Past composition of the SenateEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Senate Rule 2: The President
  2. ^ "Member Roster". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Carlyle Begay (District 7) switched parties from Democratic to Republican [1]
  4. ^ Kelli Ward (District 5) resigned [2]
  5. ^ "Next lawmaker up: Sue Donahue is newest Arizona state senator". Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Arizona Senate Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.

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