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

Karen Johnson

District 18

1700 W. Washington
Room 303A
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-3160
Fax Number: (602) 417-3151


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
Finance Member Click Here Click Here
Family Services Chairman Click Here Click Here
K-12 Education Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
Bill NumberSort By Bill Number
Sponsor TypeSort By Sponsor Type
Short TitleSort By Short Title
Final Vote
HB2221 P human cloning; public funding; prohibition
HB2245 C TANF eligibility; two parent families
HB2247 C DES; leases; lands; buildings
HB2248 C orders; recording requirements; paternity registry
HB2249 C support payments; electronic transfers
  (NOW: child support; disabilities; paternity
HB2288 C military voting assistance See Vote
HB2289 C health care institutions; licensure
HB2341 C accountable health plans; premium rate
HB2379 P marriage penalty elimination; tax credits.
  (NOW: tuition organizations; corporate tax credit
HB2385 P community colleges; baccalaureate degrees
HB2389 P illegal aliens; violent crimes; bail
HB2393 P driver licenses and fraudulent documents
HB2394 P AHCCCS; verification of eligibility
HB2395 P welfare eligibility; immigration status; verification
HB2396 C clean elections; judicial offices
HB2397 P contractors; licensing; dollar limit; exemption
HB2402 P establishment of new counties
HB2403 C judges; automatic increase eliminated
HB2404 P capitol police; transfer
HB2406 C downzoning; owner compensation
HB2409 P concealed weapons; reciprocity agreements
HB2421 C HCSO; chiropractic care; number.
HB2422 C HCSO; unfair claim settlement practices.
HB2423 C chiropractic care; guidelines; unfair claims.
HB2425 P corporate tax credit; tuition organizations.
HB2426 P constitutional commemoration committee; continuation See Vote
HB2510 C trailer license plates
HB2523 C clean elections; fundraising expenses
HB2533 C landlord tenant; park models
HB2534 C special education; dispute resolution See Vote
HB2574 C charter schools; sponsors
  (NOW: charter schools; sponsorship; colleges; universities
HB2585 C military sales tax exemption
HB2613 P forest health amendments.
HB2615 C cervical cancer study committee
HB2641 C appropriation; teachers; retirement contributions
HB2666 C misconduct involving weapons
HB2683 P abortion; fetal pain
HB2684 P mercury amalgam fillings; notification
HCM2005 P marriage; constitutional amendment
HCM2006 C free trade area of Americas
HCR2017 C organ donation; Arizona Donor Registry
HCR2028 P illegal aliens; violent crimes; bail.
  (NOW: bail; undocumented immigrants
HCR2029 P taxpayer bill of rights
HCR2030 P English as official language
HCR2031 P separation of powers; judicial lawmaking
HCR2041 P Ronald Reagan; death resolution
HCR2043 P truth in budgeting and accounting
  (NOW: balanced budget mandate
HCR2046 C alcohol tax dedication; substance abuse
HCR2058 C residential property tax levy limit
HCR2063 C Honorable James Sedillo
HR2002 C Lalo Guerrero death resolution
SB1015 C juries; persons excused from service
SB1027 P tax exemption; active duty pay
  (NOW: active duty pay; tax exemption
SB1045 P* child custody; recodification
SB1046 P* orders of protection; service
SB1047 P* community restitution See Vote
SB1048 P* birth certificates; access
SB1052 P protection of unborn children
  (NOW: unborn children; protection
See Vote
SB1069 P AIMS test; graduation requirement; prohibition
SB1081 P marriage penalty elimination; tax credits
SB1145 P* marriage dissolution; misconduct
SB1155 P payroll deductions; declaration of purpose.
SB1176 P corporate tax credit; tuition organizations.
SB1182 P cold case file task force See Vote
SB1185 P* use tax percentage based reporting See Vote
SB1201 C municipal tax incentives; prohibition; penalty
  (NOW: fireworks; definitions
See Vote
SB1215 P justice of the peace; duties
SB1216 P presiding jp; duties
SB1217 C criminal restoration to competency
SB1222 C roundabouts; petition signatures; adopted resolution
SB1266 P outsourcing; state service positions; prohibition
SB1269 P* concealed weapons; county detention officers
SB1270 P* school pupils; personal information; disclosure See Vote
SB1271 P* schools; Arizona gun safety program
SB1272 P* HCSO; chiropractic care; technical correction
  (NOW: court records; preservation
SB1273 P* unfair insurance practices; technical correction.
SB1303 P* foster care; parental responsibility
  (NOW: probation officers; compensation; associations; discipline
See Vote
SB1304 P* no child left behind; option
SB1305 P* probation; surveillance officers; overtime; representation
  (NOW: contractors; licensing limit; exemption
SB1306 P* child abuse; restitution
  (NOW: local enforcement; federal immigration laws
See Vote
SB1313 C support payments; electronic transfers. See Vote
SB1314 C child support; paternity registry.
SB1333 P animal and ecological terrorism.
  (NOW: ecological and animal terrorism
SB1337 P forest health amendments
SB1363 P bar licenses; firearms; posted notice See Vote
SB1372 P human trafficking violations
SB1392 C municipal planning; aggregate mining
SB1393 C aggregate mined land reclamation act See Vote
SB1417 C excavation marking; procedures
SB1420 C uninsured drivers; penalties; vehicle impoundment
SB1436 P* mobile home parks; landlord; tenant See Vote
SB1437 P* prepaid adult entertainment cards
SB1438 P* concealed weapons permits
SB1445 P midwives; prescription drugs; devices; access
SB1461 C voluntary environmental performance program
SB1479 C use tax declaration
SB1502 C channelization districts; interim zoning protection
SB1506 P parental educational choice grant program
SB1508 C commercial property tax relief
SCM1001 P* United Nations; federal legislation
SCR1008 C auditor general; reappointment
SCR1024 C honoring Arizona's teachers
SCR1026 P repeal clean elections..
SCR1031 P* opposing the patriot act
SCR1038 P justices and judges; senate confirmation
SR1001 C death resolution; Pope John Paul II


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