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Anna Tovar

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Anna Tovar
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Arizona State Senate District 19
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
Minority Whip, Arizona State Senate
Minority Whip, Arizona State House of Representatives
State Senate Minority Leader
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona House of Representatives District 13
Office website
Anna Tovar is a Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 19. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. In the 2013 session, Tovar served as Minority Whip. On October 29, 2013, Tovar was elected to replace Leah Landrum Taylor as State Senate Minority Leader.[1]

Tovar served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 13 from her appointment on February 2, 2009, until 2013. She is the former vice mayor of Tolleson City and a former member of the Tolleson City Council.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Tovar served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Review


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tovar served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Tovar served on these committees:


Senate Democratic leadership change-up

In an 8-5 vote on October 29, 2013, Senate Democrats ousted Leah Landrum Taylor as minority leader in favor of Tovar, who had served as State Senate Minority Whip during the 2013 legislative session. The leadership change-up drew a heated reaction from several party members with Sens. Taylor, Linda Lopez, David Bradley, Olivia Cajero Bedford and Barbara McGuire reportedly storming from the room following the vote. The eight remaining caucus members then picked Lynne Pancrazi to serve as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader and Steve Gallardo as State Senate Minority Whip. Following the meeting, Taylor —who is exploring a bid for Arizona Secretary of State in 2014 — expressed shock over her removal. The caucus had met with the purpose of replacing Lopez, who resigned her post as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader in order to focus on new job responsibilities. Taylor said the caucus had no cause to remove her from the minority leader position, adding that the vote was “the most blatant, racist, disrespectful move I’ve ever seen in my life.” According to Gallardo, who opened up the floor to elect a new minority leader, the decision wasn't personal, ." was just about the caucus wanting to go in a different direction." Tovar refuted Taylor's comments about the vote being over race. “I feel sorry she feels that way, because that is definitely not the case. If you look at me I’m a female and I’m a minority as well, and that was not the issue,” she said. According to reports, party members had called into question Taylor's effectiveness as a party leader while running for statewide office.[2][1][3]


Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.[4]


Tovar received a score of 38 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of F+ according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 8 higher than her score on the 2011 report card. Tovar’s 38 in 2012 was tied for the 52nd highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[4]



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Tovar won election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 19. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Arizona State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnna Tovar 100% 31,473
Total Votes 31,473


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Tovar won re-election to the 13th District seat in 2010. She and Richard Miranda won the August 24 primary election. They then won unopposed in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 13 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Anna Tovar (D) 3,122
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Miranda (D) 3,184
Martin J. Quezada (D) 1,621


On February 2, 2009, Tovar was appointed to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent the 13th District.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tovar is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Tovar raised a total of $56,302 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[9]

Anna Tovar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 19 Won $33,062
2010 Arizona State House, District 13 Won $23,240
Grand Total Raised $56,302


Tovar won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Tovar raised a total of $33,062.


Tovar won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Tovar raised a total of $23,240.


Tovar is married and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rich Crandall (R)
Arizona State Senate District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arizona State House District 13
Succeeded by
Don Shooter (R)