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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough

District 17

1700 W. Washington
Room 309
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5863
Fax Number: (602) 417-3258

Personal Information:
Home City: Chandler
Occupation: Attorney
Member Since: 2002
Sen. Steven B. Yarbrough has lived in Arizona since 1963. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1965, earned his B.S. in Business Administration (finance) from ASU in 1968 with high distinction, and graduated magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor from the ASU College of Law in 1971. During 1970-71 he was a Rockefeller Foundation Graduate Fellow in University Administration.

From 1971-1975 he served as a director in the ASU Office of Student Affairs. Since 1975 he has practiced law in Tempe and Chandler. For many years he was a board certified specialist in family law.

Since 1998 he has been the Executive Director of the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, that has provided scholarships to thousands of Arizona students to attend the school of their parentís choice.

Sen. Yarbrough taught business law at Mesa Community College from 1975-1977. He was a co-founder and served on the school board for Valley Christian High School from 1981-2005.

Sen. Yarbrough has been married to his wife Linda since 1968. She taught high school choral music for thirty years. They have three adult sons, all married, seven grandsons, and one granddaughter. Two of their sons are East Valley police officers (a Chandler lieutenant and a Gilbert officer) and one is the Business Manager for the Americas for Shell Oil Marine Products and resides in Nashville, TN.

First elected to the House in 2002, Rep. Yarbrough was re-elected three times from former District 21. He was elected to the State Senate in 2010 and re-elected from District 17 (portions of Chandler and Gilbert and all of Sun Lakes) in 2012.

Sen. Yarbrough previously served on the House Education, Appropriations and Judiciary Committees and on the Ethics Committee of which he was Chairman. He served eight years as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee including four years as Vice-Chairman and two years as Chairman. He also served two years as Vice-Chairman of the Rules Committee.

Sen. Yarbrough was House Speaker Pro Tempore for the 49th Legislature during 2009-2010.

Sen. Yarbrough leads a bipartisan group of legislators and citizen group leaders known as the Arizona Values Action Team which supports public policy that is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-school choice and pro-religious liberty.

Sen. Yarbrough is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the Legislative Council, and is Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.


Committee Assignments
Senate Ethics Chairman Click Here Click Here
Finance Chairman Click Here Click Here
Judiciary Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2147 P unemployment benefits; proof; eligibility
  (NOW: eligibility; unemployment benefits
HB2203 P tax credit; state university foundation
HB2217 C extraordinary educators special plates
HB2347 P tax levy; bond costs
HB2456 C revenue allocation districts
HB2458 C empowerment scholarship accounts; fraud prevention.
HB2542 C Arizona health facilities authority
HB2600 P judicial nominees; minimum requirements; records
HB2608 P EORP; closure; defined contribution
HB2657 P transaction privilege tax changes
HCR2036 C Boy Scouts of America
SB1108 C foster home licensure; immunizations
SB1115 C direct pay prices; health care
SB1162 C sales tax; reduced reporting requirements
SB1168 P* internal revenue code conformity See Vote
SB1169 P* proposition 117; conformity See Vote
SB1170 P* ASRS; amendments
SB1171 P* ASRS; spousal consent
SB1172 P* qualifying charitable credit; itemizing deductions
SB1173 P* CORP; amendments
SB1174 P* EORP; amendments
SB1175 P* vulnerable adult; duty See Vote
SB1176 P* college savings plans; subtraction increase
SB1177 P* insurance; accreditation; receivership liquidation fund
SB1178 P* ASRS; long-term disability
  (NOW: exercise of religion; definition
See Vote
SB1179 P* ignition interlock devices; TPT exemption See Vote
SB1182 C paycheck deductions; public employers.
SB1208 P pilot; foster care tuition waiver See Vote
SB1209 P minors; tobacco-derived products
SB1213 C schools; science instruction; requirements
SB1266 C illegal dumping; penalties See Vote
SB1310 P* special fund; workers' compensation See Vote
SB1311 P* public monies; investment
SB1312 P* tobacco product manufacturers; cigarette machines See Vote
SB1313 P* tax corrections
SB1314 P* civil judgments; state; renewal
SB1315 P* property tax roll; corrections
SB1316 P* state board of appraisal See Vote
SB1346 C dangerous drugs; analogues; penalties
  (NOW: class action; reform
See Vote
SB1348 C public employees; activities; unions; compensation
SB1349 C paycheck deductions; employee authorization
SB1350 C government contract workers; strike prohibition
SB1351 C destination management company; exemption; refund
SB1363 P empowerment scholarship accounts; expansion; funding See Vote
SB1364 C DOR audits; three-year limit
SB1375 C behavioral health services; dependent children See Vote
SB1376 C reproductive technology
SB1384 C taxis; prearranged ground transportation service
SB1385 P aggravated assault; school grounds
SB1386 P massive open online courses; credit
SB1388 C online candidate petition filing
SB1440 C medical marijuana; advertising; labeling
SB1441 C marijuana; medical use; seizure; disposition
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SCR1002 C health care; direct pay prices
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 C death resolution; Bill Konopnicki
SR1004 C death resolution; Bud Strom
SR1005 C partnership; Azerbaijan; U.S.


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