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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Kimberly Yee

Kimberly Yee

District 20

1700 W. Washington
Room 302
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3024
Fax Number: (602) 417-3110

Personal Information:
Home City: Phoenix
Occupation: Small business owner and former Deputy Cabinet Secretary
Member Since: 2010
Arizona State Senator Kimberly Yee represents Arizona's 20th Legislative District, covering the areas of North Phoenix and parts of Glendale. Kimberly and her husband own a small local business in the West Valley. She is the first Asian American woman elected to serve in the Arizona Legislature in our state's history.

She serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, and as a member of the Committees on Health and Human Services, Judiciary, and Elections.

Kimberly also serves as a legislative member of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. She was elected to serve the leadership position of Elected National Order of Women Legislators Representative to the National Foundation of Women Legislators Board.

She was named the 2014 Hero of the Taxpayer Award, the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award by both the Arizona Optometric Association and the Arizona Association of County School Superintendents and was named "Friend of the First Amendment and a Supporter of the People's Right to Know" by the Arizona Newspapers Association. In 2013 and 2014, she was honored with the AZBio Trailblazer Award and by the Arizona Mining Association as a Friend of Mining. and was recognized in 2013 and 2014 with the AZBio Trailblazer Award and by the Arizona Mining Association as a Friend of Mining.

During her first term in office, Kimberly was the recipient of the following awards: Representative of the Year Award by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Friend of the Taxpayer by the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, Leaders of the Year in Public Policy Award by the Arizona Capitol Times, Friend of the Family award by the Arizona Family Project, the 2011 Freedom of Information Award by the Arizona Newspapers Association, the 2012 School Choice Champion Award by the Arizona Council for American Private Education, the 2012 Arts Hero Award, the AZBio Trailblazer Award, and the Tech Ten Legislator Award by the Arizona Technology Council. She was also honored as one of Arizona's 48 Most Intriguing Women in a book published by the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.

Born and raised in Arizona's 20th Legislative District, Kimberly is the former Chairman of her legislative district's Republican Committee. In 2008, she was elected as a national delegate representing her home state of Arizona at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has served as an elected precinct committeewoman and a member of the Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Kimberly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University and was the recipient of the honored Scholar-Citizen Award.

Prior to elective office, Kimberly earned a distinguished career in public policy and governmental service. She served as Director of Communications and Government Affairs for Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin promoting fiscal conservative principles to protect taxpayers.

In 2004, Kimberly was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Deputy Cabinet Secretary and was a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Cabinet. She served as the Governor’s liaison to the executive branch state agencies and provided policy advisement to the Governor in the areas of K-12, vocational, and higher education, state and consumer services, and labor and workforce development.

In Arizona, Kimberly served as senior staff of the Senate Committee on Education for the Arizona Legislature from 1998 to 2003 where she established long-standing professional relationships with Arizona’s legislative leaders during her tenure, and gained first-hand experience in the legislative process where she drafted Arizona statutes, improving the state’s public education system, including charter schools, colleges and universities.

In 1997, Kimberly was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson as a policy analyst to the State Board of Education helping develop California’s academic content standards that outline what students should be able to know in various subjects by the end of each grade level. State tests are aligned with these academic standards to measure student achievement. Kimberly served as a Fellow to the prestigious California Executive Fellowship Program in 1996, and worked in the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, specializing in child care, preschool development, and K-12 education issues.

At the federal level, Kimberly worked for the United States Department of Justice in the Fraud Section, Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. providing research and paralegal assistance. She has also provided administrative services with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.


Committee Assignments
Education Chairman Click Here Click Here
Elections Member Click Here Click Here
Health and Human Services Member Click Here Click Here
Judiciary Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2217 C extraordinary educators special plates
HB2393 C state agencies; licensure; time frames
HB2488 P 200-day school calendar; funding.
HB2489 P bonds; financing; student loans
HB2531 P income tax; instant depreciation
HB2600 P judicial nominees; minimum requirements; records
HB2608 C EORP; closure; defined contribution
HB2617 C school tuition organizations; preapproval; entities
HB2657 P transaction privilege tax changes
HCR2036 P Boy Scouts of America
SB1057 C AHCCCS; ambulance services; rates
SB1090 C dependent children; placement; grandparents; stipend
SB1098 P marijuana; cultivation; county zoning
SB1099 P* electronic records; state library
SB1100 P* ASDB; continuation
SB1101 P* procurement code; fraud; attorney general
SB1102 P* hearing aid dispensers; audiologists
SB1103 P* charter schools; zoning procedures
SB1104 P* charter school pupils; JTEDs
SB1108 C foster home licensure; immunizations
SB1166 C identifying information; former public officials
SB1182 P paycheck deductions; public employers.
SB1204 P* charter schools; applications; renewals; revocations
SB1205 P* prisoner release money; procedures
SB1209 C minors; tobacco-derived products
SB1266 C illegal dumping; penalties See Vote
SB1293 C schools; pilot; outcome-based funding
SB1294 C grand jury; length of term
SB1323 P* technical correction; school district boards
  (NOW: school district duties; buses
See Vote
SB1332 P lobbying; disclosures; reporting
SB1335 C secretary of state; committee prohibition
  (NOW: filing officer; campaign committee; prohibition
SB1343 P* girls' youth organization special plates
SB1349 P paycheck deductions; employee authorization
SB1363 C empowerment scholarship accounts; expansion; funding See Vote
SB1374 P behavioral health examiners board See Vote
SB1376 C reproductive technology
SB1385 C aggravated assault; school grounds
SB1388 C online candidate petition filing
SB1389 C JLBC; economic impact
SB1440 P* medical marijuana; advertising; labeling
SB1441 P* marijuana; medical use; seizure; disposition
SB1442 P* medical marijuana; child care facilities
SB1443 P* marijuana; postsecondary education; medical research
SB1444 P* schools; performance funding
SB1445 P* school and school district accountability
SB1446 P* schools; student level data
SB1447 P* ADE; school finance revisions See Vote
SB1448 P* charter schools; teacher evaluations; confidentiality
SB1449 P* schools; graduation; personal finance; entrepreneurship See Vote
SB1450 P* school districts; FERPA violations; penalty See Vote
SB1451 P* alternative teacher development program; appropriation
SB1452 P* class action lawsuits
SB1453 P* witness testimony; qualified immunity
SB1454 P* campaign finance; in-kind contributions; disclosures See Vote
SB1455 P* exchange teachers; technical correction
SB1456 P* technical correction; textbook purchase
SB1457 P* night schools; technical correction
SB1458 P* technical correction; early voting
SB1459 P* health services; monitoring; technical correction
SB1460 P* accountable health plans; technical correction
SB1461 P* technical correction; guardians
SB1462 P* unemployment insurance; technical correction
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 C death resolution; Bill Konopnicki
SR1004 C death resolution; Bud Strom


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