Carlyle Begay

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Carlyle Begay
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Arizona State Senate, District 7
In office
August 6, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
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.
Office website
Carlyle Begay is a Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 7. He was first appointed to the chamber on July 31, 2013, following the resignation of Jack C. Jackson, Jr. (D).[1]


Residency challenge

Following his swearing-in, Begay's residency was called into question by Rep. Albert Hale (D), who had sought appointment to the District 7 seat. Earlier in 2013, during confirmation to the Industrial Development Authority Board, Begay told the Arizona State Legislature that he resided in Gilbert in Maricopa County. On July 22, 2013, Begay changed his voter registration to Ganado in Apache County. The Arizona Constitution requires that a legislator be a resident of the county he or she is elected from for "at least one year" prior. At the time, state law also required that appointed legislators must live in the same district and carry the same party affiliation as the legislator being replaced. In September 2013, the chairman of the Apache County Board of Supervisors told county attorneys not to mount a formal legal challenge.[2][3]

On September 23, 2013, Arizona Solicitor General Robert Ellman said in a letter to Hale's attorney, Tom Ryan, that he would not investigate Begay's residency, but that Hale could pursue his own lawsuit. The following month, Ryan said that Hale would not go forward with a legal challenge, citing time and money.[4][5]


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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[6]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[6]

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