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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-second Legislature - First Regular Session
 
 
  Kimberly Yee

Kimberly Yee

Republican
District 20

Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 300
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 Commerce and Workforce Development, as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Education, and as a member of the Committees on Finance and Health and Human Services.

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.

In 2016, Kimberly was named among the nation's "25 Most Influential Women in State Politics" by Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call, the leading media organization covering Congress.

Kimberly was also named in 2016 among the nation's "Emerging Leaders" by GOPAC, the largest Republican state and local political training organization. The 2016 Class of Emerging Leaders is a group of promising legislators across the country selected for their potential and ability to impact their state and the Republican Party at the leadership level.

The Republican National Committee named Senator Yee a "Rising Star" at the 2014 Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus described Kimberly as a leader who will have "a tremendous impact on our party and who I’m certain will play a major role in shaping our party’s future."

In 2015, she was named Guardian of the Public by the Arizona Republican Party and Political Advocate of the Year by the Arizona Restaurant's Association. In 2014, she received the Hero of the Taxpayer Award by Americans for Prosperity. In 2013, she earned the 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.

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.

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Committee Assignments
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Commerce and Workforce Development Chairman Click Here Click Here
Education Vice-Chairman Click Here Click Here
Finance Member Click Here Click Here
Health and Human Services Member Click Here Click Here

 

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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
 
HB2064 P graduation requirement; civics test
HB2091 C veterans; in-state tuition
HB2106 C emergency and military affairs; continuation
HB2128 C leased religious property; class nine
HB2142 C water infrastructure finance authority; prepayment
HB2213 C inspections; audits; notice; rights
HB2334 P unfair claim processing; procedure; penalties
HB2482 C student loan bonds
HB2517 C internet crimes against children; fund
HB2526 P governor's regulatory review council; membership
HB2578 C real property; purchaser dwelling actions
HCR2008 C Arizona veterans hall of fame
HCR2016 C personal property tax; exemption
SB1029 P graduation requirement; civics test.
SB1052 C charter school sponsors; community colleges
SB1076 P* teacher student loan program; appropriation
SB1077 P* child care facilities; SFB guidelines
SB1093 P online instruction; concurrent enrollment; testing
SB1103 C charitable tax credit; foster children
SB1117 C online instruction; state-approved charter authorizers
SB1167 C photo radar; prohibition
SB1169 P fire code requirements; fire watch
SB1170 C forfeitures; annual report
  (NOW: quarterly reports; requirements; forfeitures
SB1171 P* campaign reports; late filings; notice See Vote
SB1172 P* schools; information; political activity; prohibition
SB1173 P* schools; bonds; overrides; funding sources
SB1174 P* education; meetings; technical correction
SB1175 P* education; federal funds; technical correction
SB1176 P* technical correction; legal opinions; schools
SB1177 P* unemployment insurance; technical correction
SB1178 P* timeshares; technical correction
SB1192 C community college tuition financing districts.
SB1267 P schools; exempt fundraisers
SB1282 P teledentistry; dental hygienists; dental assistants See Vote
SB1285 P* job training; stipends; STEM; internships See Vote
SB1286 P* charter schools; private postsecondary institutions
SB1287 P* ballot contents disclosure; prohibition
SB1288 P* prescription drug coverage; medication synchronization
SB1290 P independent medical examinations; board complaints
SB1298 C rules; counties; flood control districts
SB1306 P schools; data privacy
SB1311 C public health emergencies
SB1314 C domestic violence; arrest; predominant aggressor.
SB1318 C abortion; health care exchange; licensure See Vote
SB1319 C taxation; self-reported errors; injured spouses
SB1320 P* cosmetology board; makeup artists; exemption
SB1332 P empowerment scholarship accounts; reservation residences See Vote
SB1335 C fire access roads; limitation; enforcement.
SB1401 C home care services; disclosure
SB1403 P* consumer lawsuit loans; prohibition
SB1404 P* health care directives; conflicts
SB1405 P* schools; financial education; course requirements
SB1406 P* schools; audit findings; financial penalty
SB1407 P* lobbying; counties, cities, school districts
  (NOW: lobbying; cities; counties; school districts
SB1413 C groundwater; extinguishment credits; Pinal AMA
SB1416 C vulnerable adults; guardianship; family visitation
SB1424 P* law enforcement officers; on-duty activities
SB1434 C empowerment scholarship accounts; open enrollment
SB1435 C public meetings; definition
SB1441 P official state metal; copper
SB1450 C securities registration; exemption; website operators
  (NOW: banks; insuring organization
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SB1464 C student, teacher data collection; prohibitions
SCM1005 C proposing regulation freedom amendment; Congress
SCM1011 C mortgage standards; urging federal government
SCR1010 P Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution
SCR1019 C commending Israel
SCR1020 P Mayor John Driggs; death resolution

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