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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Steve Farley

Steve Farley

District 9

1700 W. Washington
Room 311
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 51-year-old small-business owner and father of Amelia, 19, and Genevieve, 15. 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 Assistant Minority Leader. He now serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Transportation Committee, as well as Member of the Finance, Government and Environment, and Ethics Committees.

Steve is working to move Arizona forward, with legislative priorities in the areas of jobs and economic development, education, 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 will be running in Tucson by early 2014 and which has already created hundreds of jobs and more than $800 million 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, 19, and Genevieve, 15
  • Small-business owner for 23 years
  • 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


Committee Assignments
Senate Ethics Member Click Here Click Here
Finance Member Click Here Click Here
Government and Environment Member Click Here Click Here
Transportation Member Click Here Click Here



Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2484 P veterans; hiring preference; tax credit
HB2497 P disclosure; registration fees; lobbying
HB2499 P JTEDs; per pupil funding calculation
  (NOW: per pupil funding calculation; JTEDs
HB2506 P schools; sex education
HB2507 P emergency contraception.
HB2514 P economic recapture districts
HB2563 C teacher preparation programs; common core
HB2571 C TPT export exemption; border centers
HB2649 C abortion; permitted practices
HB2657 P transaction privilege tax changes
HCM2004 P veterans' home; tribal lands
HCR2036 P Boy Scouts of America
SB1049 P firearms; prohibition; postsecondary institutions
SB1050 P prohibited weapon; large capacity magazine
SB1051 P schools; bullying policies; sexual orientation
SB1106 P emergency contraception
SB1114 P schools; daily organized physical activity
SB1161 P* animal abuser registration; registry
SB1162 P* sales tax; reduced reporting requirements
SB1167 P* racketeering; animal fighting; cockfighting
SB1191 C CPS; child abuse; reporting system
SB1194 C Juneteenth day; state holiday
SB1197 P* vehicle mileage tax; electric vehicles
SB1198 P* license plate covers; prohibition
SB1199 P* AHCCCS; service providers
SB1200 P* financial abuse of elders; reports
SB1201 P* caregiver registries
SB1206 P* special license plates; standard design
SB1207 P* prohibit special license plate issuance
SB1218 P* text messaging while driving; prohibition
SB1219 P* financial disclosure; model legislation; lobbying
SB1220 P* TPT exemption; four-inch pipe; repeal
SB1221 P* sales tax exemptions; repeal; dates
SB1222 P* income tax credits; repeal; dates
SB1231 C public buildings; construction; indemnity See Vote
SB1240 P public sale of animals
SB1242 P multimedia production; tax incentives
SB1252 P schools; suicide prevention training
SB1253 P nutritional information; chain restaurants.
SB1254 C state employees; auditors; covered status
SB1255 P disclosures; lobbyists; special events; gifts
SB1256 C legislature; vacancies; appointments
SB1257 P high schools; nutrition standards
SB1258 P parenting time; decision-making; assault; prohibition
SB1265 P* campaign finance; intermediary disclosure
SB1267 P* large electronics recycling program
SB1268 P* class G licensees; communication devices
SB1269 P* primary enforcement; seat belt law.
SB1270 P* class G driver licenses; new drivers
SB1271 P* solar school grant program
SB1273 P alcohol; drug abuse; courts; treatment
SB1299 P* tax credits; rate reductions; suspension
SB1317 P tribal airports; state aviation fund
SB1318 P shared revenue; Navajo technical college
SB1319 P native American tribes; TPT revenues.
SB1320 C schools; corrections; repayment plans
SB1321 P residential energy efficiency; building codes
SB1327 P* task force; gas tax replacement
SB1332 P lobbying; disclosures; reporting
SB1333 C homeowners' associations; elections; meetings
SB1334 C return to work program
SB1337 C schools; CPR training See Vote
SB1340 C municipal fire districts
SB1351 C destination management company; exemption; refund
SB1354 P child abuse by torture; offense
SB1355 C prostitution; children; trafficking
SB1356 C finger imaging; TANF; SNAP; repeal
SB1357 P child welfare; reporting requirements
SB1358 C sale of BPA products; prohibition
SB1359 P schools; sex education.
SB1360 C abortion; information
SB1361 C schools; corporal punishment; prohibition
SB1384 P taxis; prearranged ground transportation service
SB1385 P aggravated assault; school grounds
SB1386 C massive open online courses; credit
SB1387 P online voting; pilot program
SB1388 P online candidate petition filing
SB1389 P JLBC; economic impact
SB1390 C convicted felons; attempted weapon possession
SB1392 C unemployment insurance; eligibility; full-time students
SB1393 P texting while driving; mass transit
SB1394 C employee credit history check; limitations
SB1395 C insurance; credit scoring
SB1396 C school bus stops
SB1397 C seat belts; school buses
SB1398 C nurse-to-patient ratios; DHS rules
SB1399 P universities; fixed tuition rates
SB1424 P dangerous and incompetent defendants; commitment
SB1429 C beverage containers; recycling fund; redemption
SB1430 C used motor vehicles; express warranty
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SCM1002 P Indian nations; cabinet department
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 P death resolution; Bill Konopnicki
SR1001 C immigration reform; principles
SR1003 P honoring Paul and Lorena Williams
SR1004 P death resolution; Bud Strom
SR1005 P partnership; Azerbaijan; U.S.


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