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Arizona Senate

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Arizona Senate
56th Arizona Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
New session started
January 9, 2023
Warren Petersen (R)
since January 9, 2023
President pro tempore
T. J. Shope (R)
since January 9, 2023
Majority Leader
Sonny Borrelli (R)
since January 9, 2023
Minority Leader
Mitzi Epstein (D)
since March 2, 2023
Seats30 senators
Political groups
  •   Republican (16)


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, Arizona Constitution
Salary$24,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 8, 2022
(30 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2024
(30 seats)
RedistrictingArizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
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 a maximum four consecutive terms (eight years) before requiring a one-term respite prior to running again. Members of the Republican Party are currently the majority in the Senate. There are currently 16 women serving in the Senate after Raquel Terán 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.[1]

The current President of the Senate is Republican Warren Petersen of District 14, the Senate Majority Leader is Sonny Borrelli of District 30. The current Minority Leader is Mitzi Epstein of District 12 with Juan Mendez of District 8 as the Assistant Minority Leader.[2]

Leadership information

Position Name Party Residence District
President of the Senate Warren Petersen Republican Gilbert District 14
President Pro Tempore T. J. Shope Republican Coolidge District 16
Majority Leader Sonny Borrelli Republican Lake Havasu City District 30
Majority Whip Sine Kerr Republican Buckeye District 25
Minority Caucus Chair Lela Alston Democratic Phoenix District 5
Minority Leader Mitzi Epstein Democratic Chandler District 12
Assistant Minority Leader Juan Mendez Democratic Tempe District 8
Minority Whip Eva Burch Democratic Mesa District 9

Current composition

14 16
Democratic Republican
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
2017–18 17 13 30 0
2019–20 17 13 30 0
2021–22 16 14 30 0
Begin 2023 16 14 30 0
March 2, 2023[3] 13 29 1
May 8, 2023[4] 14 30 0
June 16, 2023[5] 15 14 29 1
July 21, 2023[6] 16 14 30 0
Latest voting share 51.7% 48.3%

Current members, 2023–2025

District Image Senator Party Residence Assumed office on Elected
Ken Bennett Rep Prescott 2023 2022
Shawnna Bolick Rep Phoenix 2023 2023†
John Kavanagh Rep Scottsdale 2023 2022
Christine Marsh Dem Phoenix 2023 2020
Lela Alston Dem Phoenix 2023 2018
Theresa Hatathlie Dem Coal Mine Mesa 2023 2022
Wendy Rogers Rep Tempe[7] 2023 2020
Juan Mendez Dem Tempe 2023 2016
Eva Burch Dem Mesa 2023 2022
Dave Farnsworth Rep Mesa 2023 2022
Catherine Miranda Dem Phoenix 2023 2022
Mitzi Epstein Dem Chandler 2023 2022
J. D. Mesnard Rep Chandler 2023 2018
Warren Petersen Rep Gilbert 2023 2020
Jake Hoffman Rep Queen Creek 2023 2022
T. J. Shope Rep Coolidge 2023 2020
Justine Wadsack Rep Tucson 2023 2022
Priya Sundareshan Dem Tucson 2023 2022
David Gowan Rep Sierra Vista 2023 2018
Sally Ann Gonzales Dem Tucson 2023 2018
Rosanna Gabaldón Dem Sahuarita 2023 2022
Eva Diaz Dem Tolleson 2023 2022
Brian Fernandez Dem Yuma 2023 2022
Anna Hernandez Dem Phoenix 2023 2022
Sine Kerr Rep Buckeye 2023 2018†
Flavio Bravo Dem Phoenix 2023 2023†
Anthony Kern Rep Glendale 2023 2022
Frank Carroll Rep Surprise 2023 2022
Janae Shamp Rep Surprise 2023 2022
Sonny Borrelli Rep Lake Havasu City 2023 2016

† Member was originally appointed.


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

Committee Chair Vice Chair
Appropriations John Kavanagh Jake Hoffman
Commerce Steve Kaiser Frank Carroll
Director Nominations Jake Hoffman Sine Kerr
Education Ken Bennett Justine Wadsack
Elections Wendy Rogers Ken Bennett
Finance J. D. Mesnard Steve Kaiser
Government Jake Hoffman Wendy Rogers
Health & Human Services T. J. Shope Janae Shamp
Judiciary Anthony Kern John Kavanagh
Military Affairs, Public Safety & Border Security David Gowan David Farnsworth
Natural Resources, Energy & Water Sine Kerr T. J. Shope
Rules Warren Petersen Sonny Borrelli
Transportation & Technology David Farnsworth Frank Carroll

Past composition of the Senate

See also


  1. ^ "Senate Rule 2: The President". Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "Member Roster". Archived from the original on November 16, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Democrat Raquel Terán (District 26) resigns [1]
  4. ^ Democrat Flavio Bravo appointed to succeed Terán. [2]
  5. ^ #BREAKING: Sen. Steve Kaiser, a Republican from N. Phoenix, confirmed that he is resigning his seat effective at the end of the week. 
  6. ^ "New Republican senator bashes Freedom Caucus | Arizona Capitol Times". July 21, 2023.
  7. ^ "Open Letter Raises Questions About Wendy Rogers Candidacy – Arizona Daily Independent". May 25, 2020.

External links

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