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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Kelli Ward

Kelli Ward

District 5

1700 W. Washington
Room 306
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4138
Fax Number: (602) 417-3165

Personal Information:
Home City: Lake Havasu City
Occupation: Physician
Member Since: 2013
Senator Kelli Ward was born and raised in West Virginia. Kelli graduated from Bridgeport High School where she worked hard to achieve the highest honor - valedictorian. She was also voted Most Likely To Succeed. In high school, Kelli was very involved including being the president of the National Honor Society, a cheerleader, a member of the volleyball and tennis teams, a member of the Key Club, and she served as an officer in Student Government.

She attended Duke University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She worked as an environmental chemist in Florida for a year and credits her co-workers with strengthening her Republican/Conservative values by introducing her to talk radio and Rush Limbaugh. Kelli attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated with her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree in 1996. She completed her Family Medicine Residency training in Garden City, Michigan.

Kelli met her husband, Michael Ward, during medical school and they married in 1995. Michael is an Emergency Medicine physician and is the founding partner of Arizona Emergency Medicine Specialists. He is a Colonel in the AZ Air National Guard and currently serves as Arizona’s State Air Surgeon. Kelli and Mike have three children Nick, Katie, and Cameron.

In 1999, the family moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. They have put down deep roots as they have served their community, schools, and family businesses. Nick graduated from high school in 2012 and is attending California State University. Katie and Cameron both attend Lake Havasu High School after spending their pre-high school years at Calvary Christian Academy. Kelli served on the school board at CCA including serving as the Chairman of that board. Kelli returned to school to complete her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in health policy after she completed a year-long health policy fellowship.

Dr. Ward started Lakeview Family Health Care with her mom, Dr. Lorraine Byrd. Lorraine has always been an inspiration to Kelli - striving to live her dreams by becoming a pediatrician as a second career. Lorraine started medical school when she was 42 and Kelli started her political career at the same age. Kelli sold her medical practice to North Country Community Healthcare after ten years of private practice. North Country is part of the health safety net it is a community health center. Dr. Ward worked there for two years as a staff physician and regional medical director. As she transitioned to running for office, Kelli shifted from primary care to emergency care and she now works as a physician in the Emergency Departments in both Lake Havasu City and Kingman. Dr. Ward is also the Director of Medical Education at Kingman Regional Medical Center where she helps to train new physicians to become excellent health care providers.

Kelli has been politically active in her profession since she was a medical student. She served as the national president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and has been active on the local, state, and national levels as a practicing doctor as well. She recently completed her term as the president of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.

Kelli has always been interested in community and public service and has felt a keen responsibility to build and improve her city and state. She is a member of the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club and she served as a Lake Havasu Chamber Ambassador. She also completed leadership training through the Chamber of Commerce building important community networks to enable her to get things done.

Kelli feels that integrity and openness are essential in order for a public official to effectively represent the people.

Background and Experience

  • BS, Psychology, Duke University
  • D.O., West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • MPH, A.T. Still School of Health Management
  • Family physician
  • Director of Medical Education, Kingman Regional Medical Center
  • Small business owner
  • Married to Colonel Michael P. Ward, D.O., parent of three children Katie, Cameron, and Nick
  • One dog, Rosie
  • Family in Lake Havasu - Kelli's parents (Lorraine and step-dad, Richard) and Mike's parents (Pat and Bruce)
  • One brother, Dr. Derek Kaznoski
  • Resident of Lake Havasu City since 1999
Volunteer and Community Service
  • Rotary International Member, December 2006 to present
  • Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Class of 2006-2007
  • Chamber Ambassador for the Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce, April 2005 to February 2007
  • Women's Network Exchange of AZ, member, 2004 to 2007
  • Liga International - Flying Doctors of Mercy - Member, April 2009 to present
  • Lake Havasu Referrals Club, member, 2005 to 2007
  • Provided no cost well female exams to under- or uninsured in Lake Havasu City
  • Member of numerous Republican clubs and organizations
  • Volunteered for the Lake Havasu Women's Health Fairs, 1999 to present
  • Volunteered for the Lake Havasu High School Teen Pregnancy Maze project, 1999
  • Taught EMT refresher course subjects for Lake Havasu Fire/Rescue
  • Taught Basic Life Support to high school students as part of the Havasu Heart Association
  • Sponsor events for Hospice of Havasu and Havasu Health Trust
Political Appointments:
  • Appointed to the AZ Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants by Governor Janet Napolitano, July 2005 to 2009; reappointed by Governor Jan Brewer, July 2009 to December 2012.
Honors and Awards:
  • Outstanding Female Leader 2013, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Woman of the Year 2012, London Bridge Republican Women's Club
  • Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Class of 2011-2012
  • Young Family Physician of the Year, 2008, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Physician of the Year, 2007, Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, July 2005
  • Featured in The D.O. Magazine - December 2004, Women of Influence
  • American Osteopathic Foundation/Wyeth Emerging Leader Award, 2002
  • People's Choice Physician of the Year for Lake Havasu City, 2002
  • American Osteopathic Foundation Outstanding Resident of the Year. 1999
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. 1999
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Academic Fellowship Scholarship. 1999
  • Allan Breakie Medical Resident Writing Award, First Place, 1999
  • Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians Resident Writing Award, Second Place, 1999
  • Michigan Association of Directors and Medical Educators Scientific Poster Award, First Place, 1998
  • Intern Class Representative. 1996-1997
  • Member of the Housestaff Training Committee at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital. 1996-1997
  • Graduated with honors from WVSOM. 1996
  • West Virginia Board of Regents Tuition and Fee Waiver for the 1994-1995 school year (awarded to the top six WV students at WVSOM)
  • Auxiliary to the American Osteopathic Association/National Osteopathic Foundation National Scholarship. 1993 (awarded to 15 students across the country per year)
  • National Student Osteopathic Medical Association Corporate Grant. 1993
  • National Student Osteopathic Medical Association Medical Education Scholarship. 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Sandoz Award for Outstanding Local Organization President. 1994
  • Sigma Sigma Phi member (National Osteopathic Honor Society
  • Psi Sigma Alpha member (National Osteopathic Academic Honor Society


Committee Assignments
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Education Member Click Here Click Here
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Health and Human Services Vice-Chairman Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Short TitleSort By Short Title
Final Vote
HB2064 P training permits; military health professionals
HB2343 C public employees; compensation; union activities
HB2352 C AHCCCS; expansion; prohibition
HB2400 C prior authorization; prescription drugs
  (NOW: study committee; prior authorization
HB2409 C dental hygienists; examinations See Vote
HB2499 C JTEDs; per pupil funding calculation
  (NOW: per pupil funding calculation; JTEDs
HB2529 C child care personnel
HB2578 C licensing; accountability; penalties; exceeding regulation
HB2579 C photo radar prohibition
HB2608 C EORP; closure; defined contribution
HB2617 C school tuition organizations; preapproval; entities
HB2657 C transaction privilege tax changes
HCR2014 C health care exchange; prohibition
HCR2015 C AHCCCS; expansion; prohibition
HCR2034 C Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 C recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 P Boy Scouts of America
SB1100 C ASDB; continuation
SB1108 C foster home licensure; immunizations
SB1110 C schools; U.S. history requirement
SB1112 P* Arizona firearms; prohibited enforcement...
SB1113 P* hospitals; admission of pediatric patients
SB1114 P* schools; daily organized physical activity
SB1115 C direct pay prices; health care
SB1166 C identifying information; former public officials
SB1182 C paycheck deductions; public employers.
SB1208 C pilot; foster care tuition waiver See Vote
SB1240 C public sale of animals
SB1273 C alcohol; drug abuse; courts; treatment
SB1283 C county boundary change; study committee
SB1285 P* handbook; educational options
SB1288 C Arizona water protection fund; projects
SB1293 C schools; pilot; outcome-based funding
SB1295 C schools; current-year funding
SB1320 C schools; corrections; repayment plans
SB1321 C residential energy efficiency; building codes
SB1343 C girls' youth organization special plates
SB1345 C liquor licenses; synthetic cannabinoids; prohibition See Vote
SB1346 P dangerous drugs; analogues; penalties
  (NOW: class action; reform
See Vote
SB1348 C public employees; activities; unions; compensation
SB1352 C school leases; nonprofit corporations
SB1353 P health insurance; telemedicine See Vote
SB1363 C empowerment scholarship accounts; expansion; funding See Vote
SB1364 C DOR audits; three-year limit
SB1374 C behavioral health examiners board See Vote
SB1375 C behavioral health services; dependent children See Vote
SB1376 C reproductive technology
SB1384 C taxis; prearranged ground transportation service
SB1385 C aggravated assault; school grounds
SB1386 C massive open online courses; credit
SB1387 C online voting; pilot program
SB1389 C JLBC; economic impact
SB1403 C United Nations Rio declaration; prohibition.
SB1409 C schools; parental intervention
SB1421 C school personnel; emergency epinephrine administration
SB1436 P* child care programs; volunteers; restrictions
SB1437 P* music therapists; licensure See Vote
SB1438 P* prescription orders; biological products; substitution
SB1439 C legal tender See Vote
SB1440 P medical marijuana; advertising; labeling
SB1441 C marijuana; medical use; seizure; disposition
SB1443 C marijuana; postsecondary education; medical research
SB1452 P class action lawsuits
SB1453 P witness testimony; qualified immunity
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SCR1002 C health care; direct pay prices
SCR1014 C Vietnam war; commemorative partner
SCR1015 C support; second amendment
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 C death resolution; Bill Konopnicki
SR1004 C death resolution; Bud Strom


P* = Prime Prime Sponsor, P = Prime Sponsor, C = Co-Sponsor