Kimberly Yee

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Kimberly Yee
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Arizona State Senate District 20
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 2
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
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona House of Representatives District 10
Bachelor'sPepperdine University
Master'sArizona State University
Date of birthFebruary 23, 1974
Place of birthPhoenix, AZ
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Kimberly Yee (b. February 23, 1974) is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 20. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Yee served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 10 from January 10, 2011, to 2013.


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.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Yee served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Workforce Development, Chair
Education, Vice chair
Health and Human Services


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


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


Conception law

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.[1]

Campaign themes


Yee's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Excellence in Education

  • Excerpt: "Parents have the freedom to choose where their child is educated."
  • Excerpt: "Our classrooms must provide rigorous learning environments."
  • Excerpt: "Teachers are heroes."
  • Excerpt: "Vocational education is vital to prepare and educate our workforce."
  • Excerpt: "Higher education must be affordable and accessible."

Health Care Freedom

  • Excerpt: "We must repeal Obamacare."
  • Excerpt: "Working families and seniors should have affordable physician services and prescription drug benefits."
  • Excerpt: "Laws should support free market economics in medicine."
  • Excerpt: "Small businesses should not be forced to insure employees or close their doors."

Strong Economy

  • Excerpt: "We must end excess spending and cut wasteful government programs."
  • Excerpt: "Job growth is enhanced by releasing regulations on businesses."
  • Excerpt: "Working families need affordable options, not higher taxes."
  • Excerpt: "Taxpayers deserve transparency in government budgeting at every level"

Family Values

  • Excerpt: "The life of the unborn is precious and should be protected."
  • Excerpt: "Marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman."
  • Excerpt: "Parents should have protected rights to raise their children."
  • Excerpt: "We must enhance benefits to our military families and veterans."


  • Excerpt: "Our neighborhoods should be safe."
  • Excerpt: "Our borders must be protected."
  • Excerpt: "Our homeland should be secure."
  • Excerpt: "Our nation was founded to protect freedom."
  • Excerpt: "Our 2nd Amendment rights are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

See also: Can Arizona conservatives beat the clock to block Medicaid expansion from taking effect Jan. 1?

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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,"[3] 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.[6]

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, hoped to have expansion shut down before it officially went live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Patty Kennedy was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Kimberly Yee was unopposed in the Republican primary. Yee defeated Kennedy and Doug Quelland (I) in the general election. Justin Henry (R) was disqualified from the ballot before the primary.[7][8][9][10][11]

Arizona State Senate District 20, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly Yee Incumbent 53.2% 25,103
     Democratic Patty Kennedy 35.2% 16,613
     Independent Doug "Q" Quelland 11.5% 5,438
Total Votes 47,154


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Yee ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 20. She ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[12][13]

Arizona State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly Yee 51.1% 37,371
     Democratic Michael Powell 36.9% 26,987
     Independent Doug "Q" Quelland 12.1% 8,829
Total Votes 73,187


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[14][15]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 10 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kimberly Yee (R) 19,485
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Weiers (R) 18,237
Jackie Thrasher (D) 14,770
Aaron Jahneke (D) 12,226
Arizona House of Representatives, District 10 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Weiers (R) 6,670
Green check mark transparent.png Kimberly Yee (R) 6,359
Doug Quelland (R) 4,005
Bill Adams (R) 2,330

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yee is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Yee raised a total of $232,511 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 28, 2015.[16]

Kimberly Yee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 Arizona State Senate, District 20 Won $99,619
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 20 Won $80,579
2010 Arizona State House, District 10 Won $52,313
Grand Total Raised $232,511


Yee won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2014. During that election cycle, Yee raised a total of $99,619.
Arizona State Senate 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kimberly Yee's campaign in 2014
Balance Forward$23,330
Arizona Dental Association$3,236
Pinnacle West$2,000
Bryan, John D$2,000
Ensio, Paavo$2,000
Total Raised in 2014$99,619
Source: Follow the Money


Yee won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Yee raised a total of $80,579.


Yee won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Yee raised a total of $52,313.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[17]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on ASBA's legislative priority bills.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[17]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to small business.
Legislators are scored on "their support of principles of limited constitutional government."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.



In 2014, Yee's endorsements included the following:[18]

  • Hugh Hewitt, National Talk Show Host
  • Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney
  • Former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg
  • U.S. Congressman Trent Franks
  • Former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl

  • Rick Romley, Former Maricopa County Attorney
  • Dean Martin, Former Arizona State Treasurer and State Senator
  • Brenda Burns, Arizona Corporation Commissioner and Former Arizona Senate President
  • Arizona Academy of Family Physicians
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry



See also: Kimberly Yee recall, Arizona State Senate (2014)

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.[19][20]

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  1., "'Pregnancy Begins 2 Weeks Before Conception' Now The Law In Arizona," April 13, 2012
  2. Kimberly Yee's campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 15, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
  4. Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Address," January 14, 2013
  5. Howard Fischer, Yuma Sun, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
  6. Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
  7., "Candidate challenges," June 12, 2014
  8., "State Senate candidate falls one signature short of ballot," June 19, 2014
  9. Arizona Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary election results," accessed August 27, 2014
  10. Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election," May 28, 2014
  11. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed September 11, 2014
  12. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
  13. C-SPAN/Associated Press, "August 28, 2012 Primary Results - Arizona," accessed August 28, 2012
  14. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
  15. Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "Contributions to Yee, Kimberly," accessed April 28, 2015
  17. 17.0 17.1 StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
  18. Kimberly Yee's campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed October 15, 2014
  19., "State Sen. Yee faces recall over medical marijuana funding bill," April 7, 2014
  20., "Marijuana Advocates File Petition to Recall Senator Kimberly Yee," April 7, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John McComish (R)
Arizona State Senate, District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Doug Quelland
Arizona House, District 10
Succeeded by