|Arizona State Senate District 20|
|January 7, 2013-Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Arizona House of Representatives District 10|
|Master's||Arizona State University|
|Birthday||February 23, 1974|
|Place of birth||Phoenix, AZ|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Controversies
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Yee earned her B.A. in Political Science & English from Pepperdine University and her M.P.A., Master's of Public Administration, from Arizona State University. Her professional experience includes working as Executive Fellow for the Office of the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Program and Policy Analyst for the appointee of Governor Pete Wilson to the California State Board of Education, Senior Research Analyst for the Arizona Senate Committee on Education, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Director of Communications and Government Affairs for the Arizona State Treasurer's Office.
Yee served as State Committeeman for the Arizona Republican Party, Precinct Committeeman for Maricopa County, Chairman of the Arizona Legislative District 10 Republican Committee and delegate for Arizona at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Yee served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Education, Chair|
|• Health and Human Services|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Yee served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education, Vice Chair|
|• Employment and Regulatory Affairs|
|• Health and Human Services|
She received national coverage for her law, effective April 2012, which changed the date of conception to the date of ovulation in order to prevent women from having an abortion if their fetus has a severe or life-threatening problem, usually discovered in a 20th week ultrasound.
Yee's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Excellence In Education
- Excerpt:"Parents have the freedom to choose where their child is educated."
- Excerpt:"We must repeal Obamacare."
- Excerpt:"We must end excess spending and cut wasteful government programs."
- Excerpt:"The life of the unborn is precious and should be protected."
- Excerpt:"Our neighborhoods should be safe."
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.
Yee received a score of 62 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was the same as her score on the 2011 report card. Yee’s 62 in 2012 was tied for the 27th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Kimberly Yee is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid. She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.
By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013 deadline.
The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years," according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.
The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hope to have expansion shut down before it officially goes live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.
- See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012
|Arizona State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012|
|Independent||Doug "Q" Quelland||12.1%||8,829|
Yee faced Bill Adams, incumbent Doug Quelland, and incumbent Jim Weiers in the August 24 primary. Yee and Weiers advanced by garnering the most votes, 6,670 votes and 6,359 votes, respectively. Weiers and Yee defeated Democrats Aaron Jahneke and Jackie Thrasher in the November 2 general election.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 10 General Election (2010)|
|Kimberly Yee (R)||19,485|
|Jim Weiers (R)||18,237|
|Jackie Thrasher (D)||14,770|
|Aaron Jahneke (D)||12,226|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 10 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Jim Weiers (R)||6,670|
|Kimberly Yee (R)||6,359|
|Doug Quelland (R)||4,005|
|Bill Adams (R)||2,330|
Comprehensive donor information for Yee is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Yee raised a total of $132,923 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Kimberly Yee's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State Senate, District 20||$80,610|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 10||$52,313|
|Grand Total Raised||$132,923|
2012Yee won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Yee raised a total of $80,610.
|Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kimberly Yee's campaign in 2012|
|Kimberly Yee 2010||$3,780|
|Arizona Dental Association||$1,436|
|Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$1,000|
|Arizona Medical Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$80,610|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Yee won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Yee raised a total of $52,313.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kimberly Yee's campaign in 2010|
|Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce||$1,600|
|Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$1,200|
|Arizona Dental Association||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$52,313|
|Source:Follow the Money|
The group Arizona Veterans Assistance Committee filed a petition against Yee on April 7, 2014, for using her position as Chair of the Senate Education Committee to kill a bill on marijuana research already unanimously approved by the House. HB2333, sponsored by Rep. Ethan Orr (R), would allow some of the taxes collected from the sale of medical marijuana to go towards marijuana research on university campuses. Yee, who sponsored legislation allowing university research in 2013, stated that the medical marijuana tax fund was only to be used for public service announcements to help prevent drug abuse. Supporters of the recall need to collect 18,297 valid signatures by August 2 to take the recall to a vote. The petition filed with the Arizona Secretary of State lists former Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Marc Victor as the recall committee's chairman and marijuana reform attorney Thomas W. Dean as the applicant. Kathy Inman, Arizona's Director of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, is the group's secretary.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Kimberly + Yee + Arizona + House" Kimberly Yee News Feed
- Arizona State Senate
- Arizona Senate Committees
- Arizona State Senate District 20
- Arizona State Legislature
- Official campaign website
- House website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Kimberly Yee on Facebook
- Campaign contributions at Follow the Money
- Campaign Contributions: 2012
- ‘Pregnancy Begins 2 Weeks Before Conception’ Now The Law In Arizona, David Badash, April 13, 2012
- kimberlyyee.com, "Official Campaign Website," accessed December 16, 2013
- Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- C-SPAN/Associated Press, "August 28, 2012 Primary Results - Arizona," accessed August 28, 2012
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "Yee, Kimberly," accessed May 22, 2013
- eastvalleytribune.com "State Sen. Yee faces recall over medical marijuana funding bill," April 7, 2014
- blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com "Marijuana Advocates File Petition to Recall Senator Kimberly Yee," April 7, 2014
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