Brenda Burns

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Brenda Burns
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Arizona Corporation Commission
Former officeholder
In office
2011 - 2015
President, Arizona State Senate
Base salary$133,574
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$449,491
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State Senate
Arizona House of Representatives
ProfessionLicensed real estate agent
Office website
Brenda Burns is a former member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state body charged with regulating the state's utility companies.[1] Burns was elected to the commission in 2010.[2] She was sworn in the following January and served a single four-year term.

Burns decided not to seek re-election in 2014, and left office when her term expired on January 5, 2015.


Burns is a licensed real estate agent.[2]

Political career

Arizona Corporation Commission (2011-2015)

Burns served on the commission from January 2011 - January 2015.[2]

Arizona State Senate (1995-2002)

Burns served in the Arizona State Senate from 1995 to 2002.[3] In 1997, she became the first woman to hold the position of Arizona State Senate president.[2] She served as the president until 2002.

Arizona House of Representatives (1987-1995)

Burns served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995. In 1993, Republican state house members elected Burns to the position of Majority Leader, making her the first woman to hold the position in Arizona.[2] Burns served eight years in the Arizona State Senate.



See also Arizona down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Burns declined to seek re-election to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2014. Burns briefly considered a run for governor before deciding that she wanted to pursue interests and causes outside of the commission. “Over the past several months, many supporters have asked that I consider running for Governor of Arizona in 2014,” she said in a statement, adding that she and her husband discussed the idea. “It became apparent to us that this was not the right course for me to take.”[4]


Burns won election to the Arizona Corporation Commission on November 2, 2010, winning the first of two seats.[5]

Arizona Corporation Commission, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic David Bradley 19% 563,645
     Democratic Jorge Luis Garcia 17.5% 519,926
     Green Theodore Gomez 1.4% 42,645
     Green Benjamin Pearcy 1.6% 47,121
     Libertarian Rick Fowlkes 3.2% 95,771
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Burns 29.1% 862,546
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Pierce 28.1% 833,541
Total Votes 2,965,195
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brenda Burns is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Brenda Burns raised a total of $449,491 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 5, 2013.[6]

Brenda Burns's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Arizona Corporation Commission Won $252,016
2000 Arizona State Senate District 17 Won $29,372
1998 Arizona State Senate District 17 Won $123,400
1996 Arizona State Senate District 17 Won $44,703
Grand Total Raised $449,491

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Burns lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband Bob Isbell. They have a combined family of six adult children and ten grandchildren.[2]

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