Senator Sean Bowie represents Legislative District 18, which includes Ahwatukee, south Tempe, west Chandler, and southwest Mesa. Sean is serving his second term, after first winning office in
November 2016 and winning re-election in November 2018.
Sean and his family first moved to Legislative District 18 in 1994. A product of the Kyrene Elementary and Tempe Union High School districts, Sean graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in 2002. Sean then
went on to ASU, receiving degrees in Political Science and History. Sean received his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Sean worked for the Provost's office at his alma mater, Arizona State University. He worked daily on issues including expanding need-based financial aid for working Arizona
families, increasing resources for first-year students, and expanding online educational opportunities and increasing access for students.
Sean serves on the Senate Appropriations, Senate Finance, and Senate Commerce Committees. In addition to those committees, he is intently focused on restoring education investment to our K-12 schools and higher
During his time in the Senate, Sean has received a number of awards highlighting his work. He has been named a Business Champion by the East Valley Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Champion by the
Arizona Association for Economic Development, Champion for the Arts by the Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and a Tech Champion by the Arizona Technology Council. Sean was also selected to serve as an Early
Learning Education Fellow by the National Conference of State Legislators in 2017.
In addition to his work at the Senate, Sean also works as a Professor of Practice at ASU’s School of Public Affairs, where he teaches courses on leadership, ethics, and research methods.
Sean lives by the motto of his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, “my heart is in the work.”