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Sylvia Allen

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Sylvia Allen
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Arizona State Senate, District 6
In office
January 5, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 0
President Pro Tempore
President Pro Tempore
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 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Arizona State Senate, District 5
June 2008-January 10, 2013
Campaign website
Sylvia Allen is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 6. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014. She previously represented District 5 from June 2008 to 2013. Allen currently serves as President Pro Tempore and previously held the same position from 2011 to 2013.

She served as chair for the Navajo Country Republican Party from 2000 to 2005.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2015
Government, Vice-chair
Rural Affairs and Environment, Chair
Water and Energy, Vice-chair


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


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


Campaign themes


Allen's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Good Jobs & A Strong Economy

  • Excerpt: "A small businesswoman and endorsed by NFIB, Sylvia Allen will work to strengthen our economy and bring good-paying jobs for hardworking Arizonans. She’ll work to keep taxes low, reduce government spending and eliminate excessive government regulations."

Strengthen Education

  • Excerpt: "A mother & grandmother, Sylvia Allen is committed to preparing our children for success with a quality education. She’ll fight against Washington’s intrusive mandates, work to put parents and teachers in control, and ensure access to quality, affordable higher education."

Protect Our Lands & Homes

  • Excerpt: "Sylvia Allen has over 20 years experience fighting for forest and natural resource issues. She will fight to keep forest roads open for recreation and access, restore forest health, watersheds and wildlife habitat."



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. Sylvia Allen (R) defeated Tom O'Halleran (I) in the general election.[2] Incumbent Chester Crandell initially filed to run but died on August 4.[3][4][5][6]

Arizona State Senate District 6, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSylvia Allen 51.3% 31,845
     Independent Tom O'Halleran 48.7% 30,207
Total Votes 62,052


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Allen won re-election to the 5th District seat in 2010. She defeated Bill Konopnicki in the primary election. She then defeated Elaine Bohlmeyer in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Arizona State Senate, District 5 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sylvia Allen (R) 37,330
Elaine Bohlmeyer (D) 18,270
Arizona State Senate, District 5 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sylvia Allen (R) 21,338
Bill Konopnicki (R) 7,322


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008 Allen was elected to the Arizona State Senate, District 5. Allen finished with 36,347 votes wile her opponent Bill Jeffers finished with 30,365.[9] Allen raised $49,248 for her campaign fund.[10]

Arizona State Senate, District 5 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sylvia Allen (R) 36,347
Bill Jeffers (D) 30,365

Campaign donors


In 2010, Allen raised $76,461 in contributions.[11]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Pinnacle West $1,664
Allen, Sylvia Tenney $1,055
Arizona Association Of Realtors $1,000


Allen raised a total of $49,248 for her campaign fund. Her top four donors are listed below.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $12,921
Arizona Association of Realtors $1,600
Home Builders Association of Central Arizona $1,000
Arizona Optometric Association $500


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

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Arizona scorecards, email suggestions to

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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.[12]


Allen received a score of 71 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of A- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 1 more than her score on the 2011 report card. Allen’s 71 in 2012 was tied for the 6th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.[12]


Sylvia and her husband Richard have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alice Crandell (R)
Arizona State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alaska State Senate, District 5
Succeeded by
Kelli Ward (R)