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Fiftieth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Steve Farley

Steve Farley
Assistant Minority Leader

District 28

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 321
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3022
Fax Number: (602) 417-3128

Personal Information:
Home City: Tucson
Member Since: 2007
Steve Farley is a 46-year-old small-business owner married to Kelly Paisley and father of Amelia, 14, and Genevieve, 10. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College (Mass.) in 1985 with a bachelorís degree in Political Science. He was elected to the Arizona Legislature as State Representative from District 28 in November 2006. He now serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Government and Ways & Means committees, as well as Member of the Transportation committee.

Steve is well-known to Tucsonans as the artist who gathered personal photos from the Tucson community and turned them into those historic photographic tile murals around the Broadway Underpass, at the eastern gateway to Downtown Tucson, using a tilemaking process he invented.

Steve has been actively involved in City politics for the past seven years, in particular as a strong advocate for neighborhoods, downtown revitalization, and sustainable transportation improvements.

"He can make things happen, and it's not in the traditional political way," said Tucson attorney and political activist Clague Van Slyke III in an article in the Tucson Weekly. "He has great ideas; he has a lot of vision, and he can get things done by bringing people together. And he’s not hidebound by traditional political ties."

He is founder of the transit advocacy group Tucsonans for Sensible Transportation. In that role, he motivated hundreds of grassroots volunteers and donors to gather more than 18,000 signatures from city voters to place on the ballot a Citizensí Transportation Initiative (that would have boosted transportation alternatives) in November 2003, and won over 70% of the vote in much of the central city, although it was defeated overall.

He didn’t give up. He went on to work with conservationist Carolyn Campbell alongside former rivals from the business and development community as a key member of the Citizen Advisory Committee that created the multimodal Tucson Regional Transportation Authority sales tax and plan on the ballot on May 16, 2006. He was instrumental in convincing an initially anti-transit committee to raise the portion allotted to public transit  from $200 million to $532 million in the final plan. He served on the Executive Committee and was a chief spokesperson for the Yes!! for Regional Transportation campaign for approval of the tax and plan. That initiative won 60% of the vote, and was the first transportation tax and plan to pass in Tucson history, after four previous tries.

Farley has been Vice-Chair of the Pima Association of Governments Regional Transportation Plan (PAG-RTP) Task Force, a member of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Citizens Advisory Committee, and a member of the City of Tucson Major Transit Investment Study Citizen Advisory Group. The Arizona Transit Association honored him with the statewide 2006 Friend of Transit award. He is also a Board Member of the central-city Blenman Elm Neighborhood Association and the Tucson Downtown Alliance.  He has collaborated with a broad range of Tucson environmentalists and government officials on various livability issues ranging from the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan to alternative modes of transportation to organic gardening to smart growth to water harvesting to urban design.

He has been named “Conservation Hero” by the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, “Legislative Champion” by the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, and “Arts Hero” by Arizona Citizen Action for the Arts.


Committee Assignments
Transportation Member Click Here Click Here
Ways and Means Member Click Here Click Here



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HB2010 P* healthcare group; small employers; eligibility
HB2011 P* healthcare group; sole proprietors
HB2012 P* AHCCCS; service providers
HB2013 P* license plate covers; prohibition
HB2101 P protest activity; prohibition
HB2108 P development fees; codes; moratorium; repeal
HB2260 C psychologists; prescription authority
HB2261 C private property trespass towers
HB2262 C clean elections; assets; other purchases
HB2299 P private prisons; regulation.
HB2300 P private prison contractors; public records
HB2398 P salvia divinorum; unlawful acts
HB2425 P* large electronics recycling program
HB2426 P* communication devices; class G licensees
HB2427 P* state highway fund; transportation subaccount
HB2546 P* technical correction; bonds; tax considerations
HB2547 P* special masters; technical correction
HB2557 P* sales tax on medical marijuana
HB2559 P reporting violent behavior; government entities
HB2564 P* sales tax; pipes and valves
HB2586 C military members; consumer reporting agencies
HB2589 P legislative hearings; private prison escape
HB2594 C family leave insurance
HB2596 P personal property tax exemption
HB2597 P corporate income tax; repeal credits
HB2603 P* vehicle mileage tax; electric vehicles
HB2604 P AHCCCS; services; restoration.
HB2605 P accounting tax credit; repeal.
HB2606 P AHCCCS; nonexperimental transplants; funding
HB2607 P transplant services; AHCCCS.
HB2618 C municipal taxes; auditors
HB2630 P schools; prohibited courses; repeal
HB2653 C graffiti implements; unlawful possession; minors
HB2654 P STO tax credits; repeal
HB2655 P gang; immigration intelligence; mission; funding
HB2708 C homeowner's rebate; primary residence
HB2711 P* prohibited weapon; high capacity magazine.
HB2712 P* municipal tax increment financing; infrastructure
HCR2035 P personal property tax; repeal
HR2004 P honoring John Waddell
HR2005 P Roosevelt Dam; centennial
HR2007 P Warrene Ware; service
SB1384 C charter schools; financial documentation
SB1444 C private prison contractors; public records..
SB1445 C private prisoners; transfer
SB1446 C private prisons; oversight
SB1447 C palliative care; patient information
SB1448 C private prisons; capacity; notice
SB1449 C private prisons; regulation
SB1552 C corporate tax allocation; sales factor
SCR1037 C liquor tax increase; alcohol abuse
SCR1038 C insurer transparency
SCR1061 P Mitch Menlove; death resolution
SR1013 P Lloyd Oliver; death resolution


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