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Fifty-second Legislature - First Regular Session
  Steve Farley

Steve Farley
Assistant Minority Leader

District 9

1700 W. Washington
Room 213
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3022
Fax Number: (602) 417-3128

Personal Information:
Home City: Tucson
Occupation: Small business owner - public art, photography, and graphic design
Member Since: 2007
Steve Farley is a 53-year-old small-business owner and father of Amelia, 21, and Genevieve, 17. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College (Mass.) in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He was elected to represent the citizens of District 9 as State Senator in 2012. He was first elected to the Arizona Legislature as State Representative from District 28 in November 2006, eventually rising to become House Assistant Minority Leader. He now serves as Senate Assistant Minority Leader and the Ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, as well as Member of the Appropriations, Financial Institutions, and Ethics Committees.

Steve, named by the Arizona Republic as one of 16 Arizonans to Watch in 2016, is working to move Arizona forward with legislative priorities in the areas of public education, jobs and economic development, senior issues, public safety, transportation choices, sustainable growth, fiscal health, and quality of life. In his legislative career, he has worked to invest in new technologies and high-wage jobs, expand health care for self-employed and small-business owners, make long-term care more affordable for middle-class seniors and the families that love them, increasing the production of clean solar energy, outlaw driving while texting, build passenger rail between Tucson and Phoenix and beyond, protect Tucson’s sovereignty, and create livable communities. He has repeatedly been named Conservation Hero by the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, and Legislative Champion by the Arizona League of Towns and Cities.

He is well-known 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, which has won the title of Best Mural in the Tucson Weekly’s annual Best of Tucson reader poll eleven years in a row. For that project, he invented a new way of converting photographs to glazed ceramic tile, and he has since completed numerous mural projects around the U.S. He has run his own public art and graphic design business since 1991.

Steve has also become well-known as a strong advocate for public transit and other transportation improvements, and is founder of Southern Arizona Transit Advocates. He was instrumental in gaining approval for a comprehensive regional transportation system of roads, buses, bikeways and sidewalks, and the Modern Streetcar starter light rail line which opened in Tucson in 2015 and which has created hundreds and hundreds of jobs and more than a billion dollars in private construction projects within three blocks of its route -- all in the middle of the worst recession Arizona has seen. Steve's leadership in the creation of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has resulted in thousands of new, good jobs and rebuilt vital Tucson regional roadways like La Cholla and La Canada.

The Arizona Transit Association honored him with the statewide Friend of Transit award, and the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association named him the statewide 2011 Distinguished Elected Official. He is also a Board Member of the central-city Blenman Elm Neighborhood Association.

  • Father of Amelia, 21, and Genevieve, 17
  • Small-business owner for more than 25 years
  • Named as one of 16 Arizonans to Watch in 2016 by the Arizona Republic
  • Arts Hero Award Arizona Citizens for the Arts 2013
  • Tech Ten Legislator of the Year Arizona Technology Council 2013
  • Leader of the Year in Public Policy Arts and Humanities AZ Captiol Times 2013
  • Creator of historic photo-tile murals at Tucson’s Broadway Underpass
  • Designer/author of several Tucson community history books
  • Ranking Member, Senate Transportation Committee
  • Member, Senate Finance Committee
  • Member, Senate Government and Environment Committee
  • Member, Senate Ethics Committee
  • Assistant Minority Leader, Arizona House Democrats
  • Arizona House Democratic Policy Leader
  • Ranking Member, House Transportation Committee
  • Member, House Ways & Means Committee
  • Member, House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee
  • Member, House Ethics Committee
  • Named Conservation Hero by the Arizona League of Conservation Voters
  • Named Legislative Champion by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns
  • Honored with several other national awards for community art and activism
  • Board Member, Blenman-Elm Neighborhood Assocation
  • Board Member, Arizona Citizen Action for the Arts
  • Union member: Graphic Artists Guild
  • Founder, Southern Arizona Transit Advocates
  • Vice-Chair, Pima Association of Governments Regional Transportation Plan Task Force
  • Vice-Chair Transportation committee, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
  • Transportation committee member, Council of State Governments – West (CSG-West)
  • High Speed Rail Working Group, NCSL
  • Class President, Western Legislative Academy
  • Toll Fellow national leadership institute
  • Presenter, U.S. Dept of Transportation Distracted Driving Summit
  • UofA College of Education Public Service Award
  • Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC)
  • Joint Committee On Capital Review
  • Senate Ethics Committee


Committee Assignments
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Sponsored Bills
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Short TitleSort By Short Title
Final Vote
HB2369 P death certificates; gender
HB2370 P texting while driving; prohibition
HB2371 C minors; automatic firearms; prohibited
HB2372 P appropriation; mental health first aid
HB2517 P internet crimes against children; fund
HB2526 P governor's regulatory review council; membership
HB2552 P emergency contraception
HB2553 P human trafficking victim; vacating conviction
  (NOW: sex trafficking victim; vacating conviction
HB2598 P adoption; married couple; preference.
HB2612 P animal abuser registration; registry
HB2632 P dog tethering
  (NOW: unlawful dog tethering
HB2638 C abortion clinics; inspection; repeal
HCR2020 P ratification; equal rights amendment
HCR2031 P Citizens United decision; repeal
HCR2039 P death resolution; Bill Badger
SB1051 C autocycles; class M license; exemption
SB1088 P income tax brackets; inflation index.
  (NOW: empowerment scholarship accounts; eligibility
SB1101 P* campaign finance; independent expenditures; disclosure
SB1102 P* text messaging while driving; prohibition
SB1105 P* racketeering; animal fighting; cockfighting
SB1106 P* special license plates; standard design
SB1107 P* license plate covers; prohibition
SB1108 P* task force; gas tax replacement
SB1109 P* lottery; funding; LTAF; restoration
SB1126 P schools; daily organized physical activity
SB1128 P* adoption; married couple; preference
SB1129 P* financial disclosure; model legislation; lobbying
SB1160 P* county motor vehicle fuel taxes
SB1206 P independent expenditures; corporations; funding disclosures
SB1207 P campaign finance disclosures; corporations; entities
SB1208 P foreign nonprofit corporations; foreign LLCs
SB1209 P independent expenditures; corporations; unions; audit
SB1251 P* tax rate reductions; suspension
SB1267 C schools; exempt fundraisers
SB1281 C schools; compulsory attendance age; increase
SB1285 P job training; stipends; STEM; internships See Vote
SB1287 C ballot contents disclosure; prohibition
SB1288 C prescription drug coverage; medication synchronization
SB1301 P* animal abuser registration; registry.
SB1302 P* vulnerable users of public ways
SB1303 P* special education; cost study
SB1304 P* commuter rail authority; special district
SB1308 P return to work program
SB1310 P dogs; licensing; vaccination; quarantine
SB1312 C fire districts; operations; revisions
SB1315 C incompetent and dangerous defendants; treatment
SB1320 C cosmetology board; makeup artists; exemption
SB1323 C school districts; partnerships; school facilities
SB1324 C school buildings; excess square footage
SB1326 C wrongful arrest; record clearance
SB1327 P employment discrimination; prohibition
SB1334 C banking permit; branch office; fees
SB1336 C banking permits; application process
SB1337 P state-chartered financial institutions; growth
SB1338 C savings and loan association permits See Vote
SB1395 P state-owned bank task force; appropriation
SB1396 C auditor general; charter schools
SB1397 C pilot; structured English immersion exemption
SB1398 C foster parents; immunizations; licensure
SB1399 P TANF benefits; dependent children
SB1403 C consumer lawsuit loans; prohibition
SB1408 P* electronic equipment; recovery
SB1409 P* tax exemptions, deductions, credits; sunset
SB1431 P abortion; religious employers; contraception; repeal
SB1432 P hotel employees; room access; backgrounds
SB1441 C official state metal; copper
SB1446 P TPT reform; contractors
SB1450 P securities registration; exemption; website operators
  (NOW: banks; insuring organization
See Vote
SCM1011 P* mortgage standards; urging federal government
SCM1015 P urging Congress; increase customs personnel.
SCR1010 P Senator Chester Crandell; death resolution
SCR1012 P primary freight network; supporting ADOT
SCR1020 P Mayor John Driggs; death resolution


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