Arizona Senate

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

The Arizona State 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. There is currently 16 women serving in the Senate after Raquel Teran was appointed, making it the first time a majority of the body was composed of female members.

Arizona Senate
55th Arizona Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
History
New session started
January 14, 2019
Leadership
President
Karen Fann (R)
since January 14, 2019
President pro tempore
Vince Leach (R)
since November 4, 2020
Majority Leader
Rick Gray (R)
since January 14, 2019
Minority Leader
Rebecca Rios (D)
since January 11, 2021
Structure
Seats30 senators
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Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (16)

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, Arizona Constitution
Salary$24,000/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(30 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(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.

Leadership of the SenateEdit

Arizona, along with Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire and Wyoming, is one of the five 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 their 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 Rebecca Rios of District 27 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 Vince Leach Republican Gilbert District 11
Majority Leader Rick Gray Republican Sun City District 21
Majority Whip Sonny Borrelli Republican Lake Havasu City District 5
Minority Leader Rebecca Rios Democratic Apache Junction District 27
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

14 1 16
Democratic Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
2011–12 21 9 29 1
2013–14 17 13 30 0
Begin 2015 17 13 30 0
End 2016 18 12
2017–19 17 13 30 0
2019–21 17 13 30 0
2021 16 14 30 0
Latest voting share 55.2% 44.8%

Current members, 2021–2023Edit

 
Arizona state legislative districts by party of state senator (red is Republican, blue is Democrat)
District Image Senator Party Residence Assumed office on Elected
1   Karen Fann Rep Prescott 2017 2016
2   Rosanna Gabaldón Dem Sahuarita 2021 2020
3   Sally Ann Gonzales Dem Tucson 2019 2018
4   Lisa Otondo Dem Yuma 2017 2016
5   Sonny Borrelli Rep Lake Havasu City 2017 2016
6   Wendy Rogers Rep Tempe[3] 2021 2020
7   Theresa Hatathlie Dem Coal Mine Mesa 2022† 2017
8   T. J. Shope Rep Coolidge 2021 2020
9   Victoria Steele Dem Tucson 2019 2018
10   Stephanie Stahl Hamilton Dem Tucson 2021 2021†
11   Vince Leach Rep Saddlebrooke 2019 2018
12   Warren Petersen Rep Gilbert 2021 2020
13   Sine Kerr Rep Buckeye 2018 2018†
14   David Gowan Rep Sierra Vista 2019 2018
15   Nancy Barto Rep Cave Creek 2021 2020
16   Kelly Townsend Rep Mesa 2021 2020
17   J. D. Mesnard Rep Chandler 2019 2018
18   Sean Bowie Dem Ahwatukee 2017 2016
19   Lupe Contreras Dem Cashion 2015 2014
20   Paul Boyer Rep Phoenix 2018 2019
21   Rick Gray Rep Sun City 2018 2018†
22   David Livingston Rep Peoria 2019 2018
23   Michelle Ugenti-Rita Rep Scottsdale 2019 2018
24   Lela Alston Dem Phoenix 2019 2018
25   Tyler Pace Rep Mesa 2019 2018
26   Juan Mendez Dem Tempe 2017 2016
27   Rebecca Rios Dem Apache Junction 2019 2018
28   Christine Marsh Dem Phoenix 2021 2020
29   Martín Quezada Dem Phoenix 2015 2014
30   Raquel Terán Dem Phoenix 2021 2021†

† Member was originally appointed.

CommitteesEdit

The current standing committees of the Arizona Senate are as follows:

Committee Chair Vice Chair
Appropriations David Gowan Vince Leach
Commerce J. D. Mesnard Michelle Ugenti-Rita
Education Paul Boyer T. J. Shope
Ethics Sine Kerr N/A
Finance David Livingston Vince Leach
Government Kelly Townsend Michelle Ugenti-Rita
Health and Human Services Nancy Barto Tyler Pace
Judiciary Warren Petersen Wendy Rogers
Natural Resources, Energy & Water Sine Kerr T. J. Shope
Rules Karen Fann Rick Gray
Transportation and Technology Tyler Pace T. J. Shope

Past composition of the SenateEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Senate Rule 2: The President
  2. ^ "Member Roster". Archived from the original on November 16, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Open Letter Raises Questions About Wendy Rogers Candidacy – Arizona Daily Independent". May 25, 2020.

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