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Arizona Senate
55th Arizona Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
New session started
January 14, 2019
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
Seats 30 senators
USA Arizona Senate 2021-2023.svg
Political groups
  •      Republican (16)


  •      Democratic (14)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 4, Arizona Constitution
Salary $24,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 3, 2020
(30 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(30 seats)
Redistricting Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
Arizona State Senate (279472780).jpg
State Senate Chamber
Arizona State Capitol
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona • 85007
Arizona State Senate

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.

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, 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.

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.

Leadership information

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 composition

14 1 16
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Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
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, 2021–2023

Arizona State Legislative Districts by Party Affiliation of State Senator (2021-2023)
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 by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Karen Fann Rep Prescott 2017 2016
2 Rosanna Gabaldón by Gage Skidmore.jpg Rosanna Gabaldón Dem Sahuarita 2021 2020
3 No image.png Sally Ann Gonzales Dem Tucson 2019 2018
4 Lisa Otondo by Gage Skidmore.jpg Lisa Otondo Dem Yuma 2017 2016
5 Sonny Borrelli by Gage Skidmore.jpg Sonny Borrelli Rep Lake Havasu City 2017 2016
6 Wendy Rogers by Gage Skidmore.jpg Wendy Rogers Rep Tempe 2021 2020
7 Theresa Hatathlie by Gage Skidmore.jpg Theresa Hatathlie Dem Coal Mine Mesa 2022† 2017
8 T. J. Shope by Gage Skidmore.jpg T. J. Shope Rep Coolidge 2021 2020
9 No image.png Victoria Steele Dem Tucson 2019 2018
10 No image.png Stephanie Stahl Hamilton Dem Tucson 2021 2021†
11 Vince Leach by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Vince Leach Rep Saddlebrooke 2019 2018
12 Warren Petersen by Gage Skidmore.jpg Warren Petersen Rep Gilbert 2021 2020
13 Sine Kerr by Gage Skidmore.jpg Sine Kerr Rep Buckeye 2018 2018†
14 David Gowan by Gage Skidmore.jpg David Gowan Rep Sierra Vista 2019 2018
15 Nancy Barto by Gage Skidmore.jpg Nancy Barto Rep Cave Creek 2021 2020
16 Kelly Townsend.jpg Kelly Townsend Rep Mesa 2021 2020
17 J. D. Mesnard by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg J. D. Mesnard Rep Chandler 2019 2018
18 Sean Bowie by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Sean Bowie Dem Ahwatukee 2017 2016
19 No image.png Lupe Contreras Dem Cashion 2015 2014
20 Paul Boyer by Gage Skidmore.jpg Paul Boyer Rep Phoenix 2018 2019
21 Rick Gray by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Rick Gray Rep Sun City 2018 2018†
22 David Livingston by Gage Skidmore.jpg David Livingston Rep Peoria 2019 2018
23 Michelle Ugenti by Gage Skidmore.jpg Michelle Ugenti-Rita Rep Scottsdale 2019 2018
24 Lela Alston by Gage Skidmore.jpg Lela Alston Dem Phoenix 2019 2018
25 No image.png Tyler Pace Rep Mesa 2019 2018
26 Juan Mendez (26377875102).jpg Juan Mendez Dem Tempe 2017 2016
27 Rebecca Rios by Gage Skidmore.jpg Rebecca Rios Dem Apache Junction 2019 2018
28 DPCChearing SCOTUSnom 071018 (7 of 11) (28463902337) (cropped, Marsh).jpg Christine Marsh Dem Phoenix 2021 2020
29 Martin Quezada by Gage Skidmore.jpg Martín Quezada Dem Phoenix 2015 2014
30 Raquel Teran by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Raquel Terán Dem Phoenix 2021 2021†

† Member was originally appointed.


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 Senate

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