Arizona Senate

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Arizona State Senate
Arizona Legislature
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Type Upper house
Term limits 4 terms (8 years)
President of the Senate Andy Biggs, (R)
President pro Tempore Sylvia Allen, (R)
Majority Leader John McComish, (R)
Minority Leader Anna Tovar, (D)
Seats 30
Political groups Republican Party (17)
Democratic Party (13)
Length of term 2 years
Authority Article 4, Arizona Constitution
Salary $24,000/year + per diem
Last election November 6, 2012
(30 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(30 seats)
Redistricting Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Arizona State Capitol
Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona State Senate

The Arizona Senate is part of the Arizona Legislature, the state legislature of the US state of Arizona. The Senate consists of 30 members with 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 in 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 Andy Biggs of District 12, The Senate Majority Leader is John McComish of District 18, The Senate Minority Leader is Anna Tovar of District 19.citation needed

Leadership information

Position Name Party Residence District
President of the Senate Andy Biggs Republican Gilbert District 12
President pro tempore Gail Griffin Republican Hereford District 14
Majority Leader John McComish Republican Phoenix District 18
Majority Whip Adam Driggs Republican Phoenix District 28
Minority Leader Anna Tovar Democratic Tolleson District 19
Assistant Minority Leader Lynne Pancrazi Democratic Yuma District 4
Minority Whip Steve Gallardo Democratic Phoenix District 29

Current composition

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 21 9 30 1
Begin 17 13 30 0
July 12, 20132 12 29 1
July 31, 20133 13 30 0
August 20, 20134 16 29 1
September 11, 20135 17 30 0
January 13, 20146 12 29 1
January 21, 20147 13 30 0
Latest voting share 56.7% 43.3%

Current members, 2013–2015

District Senator Party Residence Assumed office
1 Steve Pierce Rep Prescott 2009
2 Andrea Dalessandro Dem Green Valley 2014†
3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Dem Tucson 2011
4 Lynne Pancrazi Dem Yuma 2012
5 Kelli Ward Rep Lake Havasu City 2013
6 Chester Crandell Rep Heber 2013
7 Carlyle Begay Dem Ganado 2013†
8 Barbara McGuire Dem Kearny 2013
9 Steve Farley Dem Tucson 2013
10 David Bradley Dem Tucson 2013
11 Al Melvin Rep Saddlebrooke 2009
12 Andy Biggs Rep Gilbert 2011
13 Don Shooter Rep Yuma 2011
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 John McComish Rep Phoenix 2011
19 Anna Tovar Dem Tolleson 2013
20 Kimberly Yee Rep Phoenix 2013
21 Rick Murphy Rep Peoria 2011
22 Judy Burges Rep Sun City West 2012
23 Michele Reagan Rep Scottsdale 2011
24 Katie Hobbs Dem Phoenix 2013
25 Bob Worsley Rep Mesa 2013
26 Ed Ableser Dem Tempe 2013
27 Leah Landrum Taylor Dem Phoenix 2006
28 Adam Driggs Rep Phoenix 2011
29 Steve Gallardo Dem Phoenix 2011
30 Robert Meza Dem Phoenix 2011

† Member was originally appointed.


Current committees include: 8

See also


  1. ^ Senate Rule 2: The President
  2. ^ Democrat Jack Jackson, Jr. (District 7) resigned to take a job in the Obama administration. [1]
  3. ^ Democrat Carlyle Begay appointed to succeed Jackson [2]
  4. ^ Republican Rich Crandall resigned to become Director of Education in Wyoming. [3]
  5. ^ Republican Dave Farnsworth appointed to succeed Crandall. [4]
  6. ^ Democrat Linda J. Lopez (District 2) resigned to focus on running a private foundation. [5]
  7. ^ Democrat Andrea Dalessandro appointed to succeed Lopez. [6]
  8. ^ "Arizona Senate Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 4-9-2014. Retrieved 4-9-2014. 

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