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Fifty-second Legislature - First Regular Session
  Kelli Ward

Kelli Ward

District 5

1700 W. Washington
Room 306
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4138
Fax Number: (602) 417-3165

Personal Information:
Home City: Lake Havasu City
Occupation: Physician
Member Since: 2013
Senator Kelli Ward was born and raised in West Virginia. Kelli graduated from Bridgeport High School where she worked hard to achieve the highest honor - valedictorian. She was also voted Most Likely To Succeed. In high school, Kelli was very involved including being the president of the National Honor Society, a cheerleader, a member of the volleyball and tennis teams, a member of the Key Club, and she served as an officer in Student Government.

She attended Duke University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She worked as an environmental chemist in Florida for a year and credits her co-workers with strengthening her Republican/Conservative values by introducing her to talk radio and Rush Limbaugh. Kelli attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated with her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree in 1996. She completed her Family Medicine Residency training in Garden City, Michigan.

Kelli met her husband, Michael Ward, during medical school and they married in 1995. Michael is an Emergency Medicine physician and is the founding partner of Arizona Emergency Medicine Specialists. He is a Colonel in the AZ Air National Guard and currently serves as Arizona’s State Air Surgeon. Kelli and Mike have three children Nick, Katie, and Cameron.

In 1999, the family moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. They have put down deep roots as they have served their community, schools, and family businesses. Nick graduated from high school in 2012 and is attending California State University. Katie and Cameron both attend Lake Havasu High School after spending their pre-high school years at Calvary Christian Academy. Kelli served on the school board at CCA including serving as the Chairman of that board. Kelli returned to school to complete her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in health policy after she completed a year-long health policy fellowship.

Dr. Ward started Lakeview Family Health Care with her mom, Dr. Lorraine Byrd. Lorraine has always been an inspiration to Kelli - striving to live her dreams by becoming a pediatrician as a second career. Lorraine started medical school when she was 42 and Kelli started her political career at the same age. Kelli sold her medical practice to North Country Community Healthcare after ten years of private practice. North Country is part of the health safety net it is a community health center. Dr. Ward worked there for two years as a staff physician and regional medical director. As she transitioned to running for office, Kelli shifted from primary care to emergency care and she now works as a physician in the Emergency Departments in both Lake Havasu City and Kingman. Dr. Ward is also the Director of Medical Education at Kingman Regional Medical Center where she helps to train new physicians to become excellent health care providers.

Kelli has been politically active in her profession since she was a medical student. She served as the national president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and has been active on the local, state, and national levels as a practicing doctor as well. She recently completed her term as the president of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.

Kelli has always been interested in community and public service and has felt a keen responsibility to build and improve her city and state. She is a member of the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club and she served as a Lake Havasu Chamber Ambassador. She also completed leadership training through the Chamber of Commerce building important community networks to enable her to get things done.

Kelli feels that integrity and openness are essential in order for a public official to effectively represent the people.

Background and Experience

  • BS, Psychology, Duke University
  • D.O., West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • MPH, A.T. Still School of Health Management
  • Family physician
  • Director of Medical Education, Kingman Regional Medical Center
  • Small business owner
  • Married to Colonel Michael P. Ward, D.O., parent of three children Katie, Cameron, and Nick
  • One dog, Rosie
  • Family in Lake Havasu - Kelli's parents (Lorraine and step-dad, Richard) and Mike's parents (Pat and Bruce)
  • One brother, Dr. Derek Kaznoski
  • Resident of Lake Havasu City since 1999
Volunteer and Community Service
  • Rotary International Member, December 2006 to present
  • Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Class of 2006-2007
  • Chamber Ambassador for the Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce, April 2005 to February 2007
  • Women's Network Exchange of AZ, member, 2004 to 2007
  • Liga International - Flying Doctors of Mercy - Member, April 2009 to present
  • Lake Havasu Referrals Club, member, 2005 to 2007
  • Provided no cost well female exams to under- or uninsured in Lake Havasu City
  • Member of numerous Republican clubs and organizations
  • Volunteered for the Lake Havasu Women's Health Fairs, 1999 to present
  • Volunteered for the Lake Havasu High School Teen Pregnancy Maze project, 1999
  • Taught EMT refresher course subjects for Lake Havasu Fire/Rescue
  • Taught Basic Life Support to high school students as part of the Havasu Heart Association
  • Sponsor events for Hospice of Havasu and Havasu Health Trust
Political Appointments:
  • Appointed to the AZ Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants by Governor Janet Napolitano, July 2005 to 2009; reappointed by Governor Jan Brewer, July 2009 to December 2012.
Honors and Awards:
  • Outstanding Female Leader 2013, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Woman of the Year 2012, London Bridge Republican Women's Club
  • Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Class of 2011-2012
  • Young Family Physician of the Year, 2008, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Physician of the Year, 2007, Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, July 2005
  • Featured in The D.O. Magazine - December 2004, Women of Influence
  • American Osteopathic Foundation/Wyeth Emerging Leader Award, 2002
  • People's Choice Physician of the Year for Lake Havasu City, 2002
  • American Osteopathic Foundation Outstanding Resident of the Year. 1999
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. 1999
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Academic Fellowship Scholarship. 1999
  • Allan Breakie Medical Resident Writing Award, First Place, 1999
  • Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians Resident Writing Award, Second Place, 1999
  • Michigan Association of Directors and Medical Educators Scientific Poster Award, First Place, 1998
  • Intern Class Representative. 1996-1997
  • Member of the Housestaff Training Committee at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital. 1996-1997
  • Graduated with honors from WVSOM. 1996
  • West Virginia Board of Regents Tuition and Fee Waiver for the 1994-1995 school year (awarded to the top six WV students at WVSOM)
  • Auxiliary to the American Osteopathic Association/National Osteopathic Foundation National Scholarship. 1993 (awarded to 15 students across the country per year)
  • National Student Osteopathic Medical Association Corporate Grant. 1993
  • National Student Osteopathic Medical Association Medical Education Scholarship. 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Sandoz Award for Outstanding Local Organization President. 1994
  • Sigma Sigma Phi member (National Osteopathic Honor Society
  • Psi Sigma Alpha member (National Osteopathic Academic Honor Society


Committee Assignments
Appropriations Member Click Here Click Here
Education Chairman Click Here Click Here
Health and Human Services Vice-Chairman Click Here Click Here
Public Safety, Military and Technology Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2064 P graduation requirement; civics test
HB2071 C candidate's residence address; nondisclosure
HB2080 P school boards; vacancies; board appointments
HB2104 C lottery game; veterans' assistance fund
HB2105 C inmate medical services; rate structure
HB2106 P emergency and military affairs; continuation
HB2141 C prescription monitoring program; disclosure
HB2142 P water infrastructure finance authority; prepayment
HB2145 C convention; delegates; limitations; oath
HB2180 C schools; menu of assessments
HB2181 P schools; omnibus statutory repeals
HB2213 P inspections; audits; notice; rights
HB2238 C health professionals; licensure requirements; prohibition
HB2326 C compact; balanced budget; convention
HB2377 C law enforcement merit system; determinations
HB2390 C schools; expenses; classroom funding
HB2491 P hospitals; community health centers; transactions
HB2517 C internet crimes against children; fund
HB2526 C governor's regulatory review council; membership
HB2530 C schools; Arizona online instruction
  (NOW: Arizona online instruction; credit; schools
HB2605 C DHS; stroke care protocols
HB2629 C supreme court; attorney licensing
HCM2004 P Mohave County radiation compensation act
HCR2003 C application; Article V convention
HCR2007 P Fisher Houses; twenty-fifth anniversary
HCR2008 P Arizona veterans hall of fame
HCR2015 C convention; amendments; balanced federal budget
SB1030 P* microbreweries; multiple licenses; production; sales
SB1031 P* AHCCCS; controlled substances; monitoring
SB1032 P* AHCCCS; contractors; prescription monitoring
SB1033 P* AHCCCS; controlled substance; pharmacist oversight
SB1034 P* AHCCCS; emergency services; case management
SB1035 P* domestic violence treatment programs; providers
SB1036 P* exchange teachers; technical correction
SB1037 P* technical correction; evidence; medical malpractice
  (NOW: digital teaching; learning study committee
SB1038 P* election dates; technical correction
SB1052 C charter school sponsors; community colleges
SB1065 C school facilities; guidelines; projects
SB1074 P* unused school facilities; sale; lease
SB1076 C teacher student loan program; appropriation
SB1088 P income tax brackets; inflation index.
  (NOW: empowerment scholarship accounts; eligibility
SB1093 C online instruction; concurrent enrollment; testing
SB1115 P* delegation of powers; parent; custodian
SB1116 P* fines; fees; costs; community restitution
SB1117 P* online instruction; state-approved charter authorizers
SB1118 P* technical correction; emergency interception
SB1136 C nursing facility assessment; continuation
SB1149 P* Arizona medical board; fingerprinting; disclosure
SB1167 P* photo radar; prohibition
SB1168 P* motor vehicle franchises; motorcycle dealers.
SB1171 C campaign reports; late filings; notice See Vote
SB1172 P schools; information; political activity; prohibition
SB1173 C schools; bonds; overrides; funding sources
SB1182 P* candidate petition signatures; electronic qualification
SB1183 P* improvement districts; enhanced municipal services
SB1189 P* health insurance; interstate purchase
  (NOW: firearm possession; setting aside conviction
See Vote
SB1190 P* immunity; underage drinking; reporting
SB1191 P* graduation; passing test score; moratorium
SB1192 P* community college tuition financing districts.
SB1193 P* zoning; charter schools; land; facilities
  (NOW: charter schools; performance; annual report
See Vote
SB1256 P* technical correction; vehicle accident report
SB1257 P* medical licensure; state programs; prohibition
  (NOW: behavioral health; transfer; AHCCCS
See Vote
SB1258 P* medical board; affiliation verification; rulemaking See Vote
SB1267 C schools; exempt fundraisers
SB1282 P* teledentistry; dental hygienists; dental assistants See Vote
SB1284 C direct payments; providers; facilities; deductible
SB1285 C job training; stipends; STEM; internships See Vote
SB1286 P charter schools; private postsecondary institutions
SB1287 C ballot contents disclosure; prohibition
SB1288 C prescription drug coverage; medication synchronization
SB1289 P* schools; letter classification; transition process
SB1290 P* independent medical examinations; board complaints
SB1298 C rules; counties; flood control districts
SB1305 P* continuous improvement academic standards committee
SB1306 P* schools; data privacy
SB1309 C party organization; precinct committeemen; meetings
SB1318 C abortion; health care exchange; licensure See Vote
SB1320 P cosmetology board; makeup artists; exemption
SB1322 C autism spectrum disorder; insurance coverage
SB1326 P wrongful arrest; record clearance
SB1328 P* eligibility verification; public programs
SB1329 P* nutrition assistance; limitations; benefit card
SB1330 P* second amendment violations; prohibited activities
  (NOW: prohibited activities; second amendment violations
SB1331 P* electronic data; metadata; prohibited collection
SB1333 C constables; study committee
SB1336 C banking permits; application process
SB1400 C human rights committees; members See Vote
SB1401 C home care services; disclosure
SB1403 C consumer lawsuit loans; prohibition
SB1404 P health care directives; conflicts
SB1406 P schools; audit findings; financial penalty
SB1432 C hotel employees; room access; backgrounds
SB1434 P empowerment scholarship accounts; open enrollment
SB1441 C official state metal; copper
SB1442 C state budget; estimates; hearing; notice
SB1450 C securities registration; exemption; website operators
  (NOW: banks; insuring organization
See Vote
SB1457 P* active management areas; technical correction
SB1458 P* schools; academic standards; tests
SB1459 P* pupils; restraint; seclusion; requirements
SB1460 P* setting aside conviction; firearm possession
SB1461 P* schools; reading assistance; dyslexic pupils
  (NOW: dyslexic pupils; schools; reading assistance
See Vote
SB1462 P* water supply development fund; committee
  (NOW: board of regents; commercial paper
SB1463 P* schools; course providers; accounts; funding
SB1464 C student, teacher data collection; prohibitions
SCM1005 P proposing regulation freedom amendment; Congress
SCM1011 C mortgage standards; urging federal government
SCM1013 P rulemaking; electric generating units; opposition
SCM1014 P urging EPA; ozone concentration standard
SCR1003 P* interstate medical licensure compact; opposition
SCR1010 P Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution
SCR1019 P commending Israel
SCR1020 P Mayor John Driggs; death resolution


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