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Arizona State Legislature
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Forty-eighth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

District 18

1700 W. Washington
Room 304
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3160
Fax Number: (602) 926-3429


Personal Information:

Home City: Mesa
Former Legislative Liason, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Member Since: 1997
Legislative District 18

– comprising the Central part of Mesa from Price Road west, to Gilbert on the east, the Reservation north, to Baseline south.

Chairman: Family Services Committee

Member: Finance Committee
Appropriations Committee
K-12 Education

Co-Chairman: Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Family Services


Married to Jerry Johnson — 11 children — 26 grandchildren
Lived in Mesa for 21 years — Lived in Show Low for 18 years

“I am a firm believer in mothers making any sacrifice they can to be home with their children if at all possible, however, when my husband suffered a serious back problem and it became necessary for me to seek employment outside the home, I chose to serve in the public policy arena in government.”

Assistant to Governor Evan Mecham
Office Manager for Supervisor Freestone - Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Assistant to David Schweikert – Majority Whip, Arizona State Legislature
Legislative Liaison - Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement – Office of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Arizona State Campaign Director for Pat Buchanan 1995-1996


Precinct Committeeman — District 30 Chairman — Arizona Republican Assembly
Maricopa County Republican Party — Mesa Women’s Club — Arizona Eagle Forum


Gun Owners of America — Arizona Right to Life — Concerned Women for America
Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family — Family Research Council
People for the USA — T.C. Bundy’s Americans for Decency /American Family Association
— NRA — National Center for Constitutional Studies

Issues of concern to me are:

lowering tax burden on families, individuals and small businesses; protecting the rights of parents to determine how and where their children are educated; standing firm for the precious right to life of the unborn, the elderly, and the handicapped; fighting to keep harden criminals behind bars, working to swiftly implement the death penalty when called for, and supporting the victims right to restitution; eradicating pornography; standing resolutely against the homosexual agenda; building a functional freeway system in the East Valley and statewide, eliminating the oppressive Vehicle license tax, calling for accountability and a thorough investigation of CPS practices and generally doing all within my power to be a voice for the families of Arizona at the state legislature.


Committee Assignments
Appropriations Member Click Here Click Here
Education K-12 Chairman Click Here Click Here
Judiciary Member Click Here Click Here
Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Member Click Here Click Here
Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare Chairman Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
Bill NumberSort By Bill Number
Sponsor TypeSort By Sponsor Type
Short TitleSort By Short Title
Final Vote
HB2206 P teacher shortage student loan program
HB2212 C sibling information exchange program
HB2318 C minimum wage; disabled employees
HB2380 C charitable organizations; tax credit
HB2458 C emergency; confiscation of firearms; prohibition
HB2459 C debt reduction fund; appropriations
HB2460 C valid identification; consular cards; prohibition
HB2467 C licensing eligibility; lawful presence; verification
  (NOW: public programs; eligibility
HB2469 C concealed weapons; petty offense
HB2470 C workers' compensation; illegal aliens
HB2471 C public benefits; eligibility
HB2473 C border technology; appropriations; implementation
HB2475 C traffic violations; prove legal presence
  (NOW: legal presence; traffic violations
HB2536 C caged egg-laying hens
HB2635 C deployed military; custodial rights
  (NOW: custodial rights; deployed military
HB2681 C utility assistance; qualified fuel fund
HB2745 C criminal justice commission; membership.
HB2750 P justice courts; collocation prohibition
  (NOW: justices of the peace; jurisdiction
HB2751 C immigration law; appropriation
HB2752 P illegal aliens; domestic terrorism
HB2753 P vehicle impoundment and immobilization See Vote
HB2758 C justices of the peace; funding
HB2773 C AHCCCS; children's health insurance program
HB2775 C bond elections; prohibited contracts
HB2777 C sex offenders; probation; annual review
HB2778 C youthful sex offenders; probation; supervision
HB2779 P fair and legal employment act See Vote
HCM2004 C television programming; a la carte
HCM2005 P illegal aliens; children; noncitizenship status
HCM2008 C urge protection; Kofa herd
HCR2021 C border technology; appropriations
HCR2022 C illegal alien trespass
HCR2024 C emergency; confiscation of firearms; prohibition
HCR2025 C state appropriation limit; reduction
HCR2049 P immigration enforcement
HCR2051 P fair and legal employment; referendum
SB1066 C legislative candidates; drug test
SB1067 C unorganized territories; joining school districts
SB1068 C schools; dual enrollment reforms
  (NOW: dual enrollment reforms; community colleges
See Vote
SB1069 C postsecondary education grants; implementation See Vote
SB1107 C forcible entry and detainer; judgments
  (NOW: health insurance; mandates; certain exclusions
SB1108 C African-American affairs; commission
SB1132 C homeland security force See Vote
SB1152 P* private schools; technical correction.
  (NOW: REAL ID Act; prohibition
SB1153 P* CPS; technical correction
SB1154 P* character education; technical correction.
SB1160 C universities; tuition adjustments; inflation
SB1167 C criminal case information; disclosure See Vote
SB1168 C criminal conviction; release conditions
SB1173 C health care businesses; consumer information
SB1177 P* schools; end of course testing.
SB1178 P* school board members; training program.
SB1179 P* school boards; employment decisions; delegation.
SB1180 P* no child left behind; option
SB1181 P* school districts; noncompliance; withholding monies.
SB1188 P clean elections; publicly funded elections
SB1192 P* appropriation; code talkers monument
SB1226 P* charter schools; zoning; technical correction
SB1247 P* homestead exemptions; judgments; child support
  (NOW: support; maintenance; homestead exemption
See Vote
SB1248 P* AHCCCS; children; treatment; reports
SB1249 P* psychotropic medication; disclosure
SB1250 P concealed weapons permit; renewal.
SB1251 P deadly weapons; storage See Vote
SB1301 P* misconduct involving weapons; exception. See Vote
SB1302 C self-defense; home protection; applicability
SB1308 P* CORP; probation officers; service purchase
SB1309 P* CORP; disability retirements
SB1356 C marriage; dissolution; community property
SB1357 C dissolution of marriage; attorney fees
SB1358 C marriage; property; debts
SB1366 C construction industry; municipal discriminatory taxes
SB1425 P* sexual offenses; defense
SB1426 P* youthful sex offenders; sentencing; registration
SB1427 P* youthful sex offender committee; extension
SB1428 P* national animal identification system; nonparticipation See Vote
SB1429 P* private digital information; use; consent
SB1430 P* elections; primary date; early voting
SB1431 P* schools; certificated employees; due process
SB1432 P* initiative measures; three judge panel
SB1433 P* Arizona statehood centennial commission
  (NOW: Arizona centennial 2012; commission responsibilities
See Vote
SB1471 C accidents; injured animals; leaving scene
SB1485 C driver licensees; traffic school
SB1530 C copper wire theft; investigators; appropriation
SB1602 C city permits; waste regulation
SB1612 C teachers; instructors; prohibited activity
SB1621 C premarital and postmarital agreements; registry
SB1622 P* CPS; unification; reasonable efforts
SB1623 P* elections; manual audit revisions See Vote
SB1624 P* private colleges; property tax classification
SB1625 P* schools; reading instruction; teacher training
SB1626 P* schools; career ladder reforms
SB1627 P* homeless pupils; transportation support level
SB1628 P* youthful sex offenders; treatment See Vote
SB1629 P* misconduct involving weapons; classification. See Vote
SB1630 P* furnishing liquor; underage persons; felony
SB1631 P* appropriation; charter schools stimulus fund
SB1632 P* charter schools; sponsorship
SB1633 P* charter schools; transfer of credits See Vote
SB1634 P* criminal justice commission; members
SB1636 C stolen vehicles; license plate images
SB1639 PZ notaries; citizenship requirement
SCM1002 P* opposing a North American Union
SCR1005 C legislative candidates; drug test
SCR1006 C homeland security committee; force
SCR1010 P* support commemorative postage stamp
SCR1015 P referenda and initiatives; legislative restrictions
SCR1023 C centennial; UPS
SCR1026 P* state courts; jurisdiction
SCR1029 PZ The Honorable Jeff Groscost
SM1003 C national identification cards
  (NOW: unfunded mandate; REAL ID Act
SM1007 PZ cross-border trucking pilot program


P* = Prime Prime Sponsor, P = Prime Sponsor, C = Co-Sponsor