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Arizona State Legislature
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Fiftieth Legislature - First Regular Session
 
 
  Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema

Democrat
District 15

Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 313
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5058
Fax Number: (602) 417-3015

 
Personal Information:
Home City: Phoenix
Occupation: Attorney
Member Since:
Kyrsten Sinema was elected to serve as District 15’s State Senator in November, 2010 and represents most of central Phoenix. Prior to this she served three terms in the House of Representatives and was the Assistant Leader to the House Democratic Caucus from 2009-2010. She sits on the Senate Appropriations, Rules, Judiciary and Government Reform Committees.

Kyrsten holds both a law degree and a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at ASU. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at ASU and practices law when not in session. Kyrsten also serves as faculty for the Center for Progressive Leadership, teaching tomorrow’s community leaders about the political process.

Kyrsten has worked on initiatives in Arizona and around the country for a number of years, and in 2006 chaired Arizona Together, the first and only successful effort in the country to defeat a same-sex marriage ban ballot initiative. In 2008, she chaired Protect Arizona’s Freedom, the coalition that defeated Ward Connerly’s effort to place an initiative on the state ballot to eliminate equal opportunity programs. She continues to consult with political groups around the nation on electoral and legislative strategy.

Representative Sinema was chosen last year as one of 32 state lawmakers nationwide, and the only legislator from Arizona, for the White House Health Reform Task Force. As a member of the Task Force, Sinema has worked with Arizonans to help shape national health reform so that middle-class families can have access to quality and affordable health care. The historic passage of health reform in Congress was signed into law on Tuesday, March 23rd 2010.

Kyrsten serves on numerous community and national boards, including People for the American Way, Progressive States Network, the YWCA of Maricopa County, Center for Progressive Leadership, and the Young Elected Officials’ Network. Kyrsten is the recipient of awards for her political leadership, including the NAACP Civil Rights Award, AZ Hispanic Community Forum Friend of the Year, Planned Parenthood Legislative CHOICE Award, Sierra Club’s Most Valuable Player, and the AZ Public Health Association Legislator of the Year.

Kyrsten is a 2009 Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Leadership. In May 2010, she completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Power: Leadership in a New World program and in 2008 was chosen to participate in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. In 2006, she was a Center for Policy Alernative Flemming Fellow, and in 2005 was selected as an American Council of Young Political Leaders delegate to Morocco.

Kyrsten is a strong voice for the community at the national level, appearing on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and she speaks regularly at national conferences on a variety of issues including health care, immigration, equal rights, ballot initiatives, messaging strategy, coalition building. In October 2010 Sinema was named one of Time Magazine’s “40 under 40? as one of the “rising stars of American politics”.

Kyrsten’s first book, Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions that Win and Last, was released in July 2009 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

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Sponsored Bills
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HB2302 P protected address; secretary of state
HB2412 P credit card agreements.
HB2557 C sales tax on medical marijuana
HB2564 P sales tax; pipes and valves
HB2607 P transplant services; AHCCCS.
HR2004 P honoring John Waddell
SB1058 P* accounting tax credit; repeal
SB1059 P* AHCCCS; services; restoration
SB1060 P* misconduct involving weapons; fraudulent transactions
SB1061 P* homicide; interrogations; electronic recording
SB1101 P* protest activity; prohibition.
SB1131 C tribal airports; state aviation fund
SB1132 P native American tribes; revenue sharing.
SB1152 C homeschools; designation
SB1160 P city sales tax; residential rental
SB1194 P structural pest management; regulation
SB1202 P definition of dangerous drugs; synthetic.
SB1204 C trash collection; multifamily housing
SB1223 P* in-state tuition; veterans
SB1224 P* unemployment benefits; military spouses; dependents
SB1225 P* forgery; human smuggling; classification
SB1278 C county assessor; permanent retrieval fund
SB1283 P* child custody; military families
SB1304 P homeowners' associations; assessments; vote
SB1306 P landlords; tenants; bedbug control See Vote
SB1396 C domestic relations; support; community restitution
  (NOW: domestic relations; notification requirements
SB1456 P* small business loans; fee waiver
SB1457 P* schools; sex education
SB1458 P* professional licensure; out-of-state applicants See Vote
SB1459 P* law enforcement; crimes; reporting
SB1463 C political subdivisions; economic estimate commission
SB1464 P* private prison contractors; public records.
  (NOW: false reporting; vulnerable adult abuse
SB1524 P* health insurance exchange
SCM1003 P* depleted uranium; veterans
SCR1009 P honoring Hopi code talkers
SCR1061 P Mitch Menlove; death resolution
SR1003 P Dorwan Stoddard; death resolution
SR1004 P* Gabe Zimmerman; death resolution
SR1005 P Phyllis Schneck; death resolution
SR1006 P Christina Taylor Green; death resolution
SR1007 P Dorothy Morris; death resolution
SR1008 P* Honorable John Roll; death resolution
SR1010 C friendship; Turkey-Arizona Senate
SR1011 P national day of the cowboy
SR1013 P Lloyd Oliver; death resolution

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