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Arizona House of Representatives
54th Arizona Legislature
Arizona-StateSeal.svg
Type
Type
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
History
New session started
January 14, 2019
Leadership
Russell Bowers (R)
since January 14, 2019
Speaker pro Tempore
T. J. Shope (R)
since November 8, 2016
Majority Leader
Warren Petersen (R)
since January 14, 2019
Majority Whip
Becky Nutt (R)
since January 14, 2019
Minority Leader
Charlene Fernandez (D)
since January 14, 2019
Structure
Seats60 Representatives
54th Arizona House of Representatives.svg
Political groups
Majority Party

Minority Party

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, Arizona Constitution
Salary$24,000/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(60 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2020
(60 seats)
Redistricting Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
Arizona House of Representatives by Gage Skidmore.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Arizona State Capitol
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Website
Arizona House of Representatives

The Arizona House of Representatives is the lower house of the Arizona Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Arizona. The upper house is the Senate. Its members are elected to two-year terms with a term limit of four consecutive terms (eight years). Members of the Republican Party currently hold a narrow majority in the House.

A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house.

State legislature (United States) legislature of a U.S. state

A state legislature in the United States is the legislative body of any of the 50 U.S. states. The formal name varies from state to state. In 25 states, the legislature is simply called the Legislature, or the State Legislature, while in 19 states, the legislature is called the General Assembly. In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the legislature is called the General Court, while North Dakota and Oregon designate the legislature the Legislative Assembly.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

Each of the state's 30 legislative districts elects two representatives. Multi-member districts are also used in the Washington, North Dakota and Idaho House of Representatives, as well as the New Jersey General Assembly, and are less common than the single-member districts used by most state legislatures.

Washington House of Representatives lower house of the Washington State Legislature

The Washington House of Representatives is the lower house of the Washington State Legislature, and along with the Washington State Senate makes up the legislature of the US state of Washington. It is composed of 98 Representatives from 49 districts, each of which elects one Senator and two members of the House. All members of the House are elected to a two-year term without term limits. The House meets at the Legislative Building in Olympia.

North Dakota House of Representatives lower house of U.S. state legislature

The North Dakota House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly and is larger than the North Dakota Senate.

Idaho House of Representatives lower house of U.S. state legislature

The Idaho House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Idaho State Legislature. It consists of 70 representatives elected to two-year terms. The state is divided into 35 districts, each of which elect two representatives. It meets at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise, Idaho.

Each representative represents a district of at least 172,000 people. The House convenes in the legislative chambers at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix.

Arizona State Capitol architectural structure

The Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, was the last home for Arizona's Territorial government, until Arizona became a state in 1912. Initially, all three branches of the new state government occupied the four floors of the statehouse. As the state expanded the branches relocated to adjacent buildings and additions. The 1901 portion of the Capitol is now maintained as the Arizona Capitol Museum with a focus on the history and culture of Arizona. The Arizona State Library which occupied most of the 1938 addition until July 2017 re-opened in late 2018 as a part of the Arizona Capitol Museum.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,626,000 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

Leadership of the House

The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus along with the Minority Leader, the Assistant Minority Leader, and the Minority Whip. The House as a whole shall pass a House resolution confirming the Speaker and the Chief Clerk of the House. [1] In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Outside of legislative authority, the Speaker is given the power to employ, terminate and alter the compensation of all House employees. [2] The Speaker has full final authority of all expenses charged to the House of Representatives, further, the Speaker the individual responsible for approving House expense accounts. The minority party selects a Minority Leader, an Assistant Minority Leader and a Minority Whip in a closed caucus.

A caucus is a meeting of supporters or members of a specific political party or movement. The term originated in the United States, but has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Nepal. As the use of the term has been expanded, the exact definition has come to vary among political cultures.

In law, resolution is a written motion adopted by a deliberative body. The substance of the resolution can be anything that can normally be proposed as a motion. For long or important motions, though, it is often better to have them written out so that discussion is easier or so that it can be distributed outside the body after its adoption. An alternate term for a resolution is a resolve.

Leadership information

PositionNamePartyResidenceDistrict
Speaker Russell Bowers Republican Mesa District 25
Speaker Pro Tempore T. J. Shope Republican Coolidge District 8
Majority Leader Warren Petersen Republican Gilbert District 12
Majority Whip Becky Nutt Republican Safford District 14
Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez Democratic Yuma District 4
Assistant Minority Leader Randy Friese Democratic Tucson District 9
Minority Whip Reginald Bolding Democratic Phoenix District 27

Current composition

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3129
RepublicanDemocratic
AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End 52nd, November 20163624600
Begin 53rd, January 20173525600
End 53rd, November 2018
Begin 54th, January 20193129600
Latest voting share51.7%48.3%

Current members, 2019–2021

DistrictImageNamePartyResidenceFirst elected
1 Noel Campbell by Gage Skidmore.jpg Noel W. Campbell Rep Prescott 2014
Steve Pierce by Gage Skidmore.jpg Steve Pierce Rep Prescott 2019†
2 Rosanna Gabaldon by Gage Skidmore.jpg Rosanna Gabaldón Dem Sahuarita 2012
Daniel hero.jpg Daniel Hernández Jr. Dem Tucson 2016
3 Cano Final.jpg Andrés Cano Dem Tucson 2018
No image.png Alma Hernandez Dem Tucson 2018
4 Charlene Fernandez by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Charlene Fernandez Dem Yuma 2012
No image.png Geraldine Peten Dem Goodyear 2017†
5 Regina Cobb by Gage Skidmore.jpg Regina Cobb Rep Kingman 2014
Leo Biasiucci by Gage Skidmore.jpg Leo Biasiucci Rep Lake Havasu City 2018
6 Bob Thorpe by Gage Skidmore.jpg Bob Thorpe Rep Flagstaff 2012
Walter Blackman by Gage Skidmore.jpg Walter Blackman Rep Payson 2018
7 No image.png Arlando Teller Dem Window Rock 2018
No image.png Myron Tsosie Dem Chinle 2018
8 David Cook by Gage Skidmore.jpg David Cook Rep Casa Grande 2008
T. J. Shope by Gage Skidmore.jpg T. J. Shope Rep Coolidge 2012
9 Randall Friese by Gage Skidmore.jpg Randall Friese Dem Tucson 2014
PPH-DGT-2-2017.jpg Pamela Hannley Dem Tucson 2016
10 No image.png Kirsten Engel Dem Tucson 2016
No image.png Domingo DeGrazia Dem Tucson 2018
11 Mark Finchem by Gage Skidmore.jpg Mark Finchem Rep Oro Valley 2014
Bret Roberts by Gage Skidmore.jpg Bret Roberts Rep Saddlebrooke 2018
12 Travis Grantham by Gage Skidmore.jpg Travis Grantham Rep Gilbert 2016
Warren Petersen by Gage Skidmore.jpg Warren Petersen Rep Gilbert 2018
13 No image.png Tim Dunn Rep Yuma 2018†
No image.png Joanne Osborne Rep Litchfield Park 2018
14 Becky Nutt by Gage Skidmore.jpg Becky Nutt Rep Sierra Vista 2016
No image.png Gail Griffin Rep Sierra Vista 2018
15 John Allen by Gage Skidmore.jpg John Allen Rep Scottsdale 2012
Nancy Barto by Gage Skidmore.jpg Nancy Barto Rep Cave Creek 2018
16 No image.png Kelly Townsend Rep Mesa 2012
No image.png John Fillmore Rep Apache Junction 2018
17 Jeff Weninger by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jeff Weninger Rep Chandler 2015
Jennifer Pawlik by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jennifer Pawlik Dem Chandler 2018
18 Mitzi Epstein by Gage Skidmore.jpg Mitzi Epstein Dem Chandler 2010
Jennifer Jermaine by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jennifer Jermaine Dem Phoenix 2014
19 No image.png Diego Espinoza Dem Avondale 2014
No image.png Lorenzo Sierra Dem Phoenix 2018
20 Anthony Kern by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Anthony Kern Rep Glendale 2014
Shawnna Bolick by Gage Skidmore.jpg Shawnna Bolick Rep Phoenix 2018
21 Tony Rivero by Gage Skidmore.jpg Tony Rivero Rep Glendale 2014
Kevin Payne by Gage Skidmore.jpg Kevin Payne Rep Sun City 2016
22 Ben Toma by Gage Skidmore.jpg Ben Toma Rep Peoria 2017†
Frank Carroll by Gage Skidmore.jpg Frank Carroll Rep Peoria 2018
23 Jay Lawrence by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jay Lawrence Rep Fountain Hills 2014
John Kavanagh by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg John Kavanagh Rep Scottsdale 2018
24 Jennifer Longdon by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jennifer Longdon Dem Phoenix 2018
Amish Shah by Gage Skidmore.jpg Amish Shah Dem Phoenix 2018
25 Russell Bowers by Gage Skidmore.jpg Russell Bowers Rep Mesa 2014
Michelle Udall by Gage Skidmore.jpg Michelle Udall Rep Mesa 2016
26 Isela Blanc by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Isela Blanc Dem Tempe 2016
Athena Salman by Gage Skidmore.jpg Athena Salman Dem Tempe 2016
27 Reginald Bolding by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Reginald Bolding Dem Phoenix 2014
Diego Rodriguez by Gage Skidmore.jpg Diego Rodriguez Dem Phoenix 2018
28 Kelli Butler by Gage Skidmore.jpg Kelli Butler Dem Paradise Valley 2016
No image.png Aaron Lieberman Dem Paradise Valley 2018
29 Richard C. Andrade by Gage Skidmore.jpg Richard C. Andrade Dem Phoenix 2014
Cesar Chavez by Gage Skidmore.jpg Cesar Chavez Dem Phoenix 2016
30 No image.png Robert Meza Dem Glendale 2016
Raquel Teran by Gage Skidmore.jpg Raquel Teran Dem Phoenix 2018

†Member was originally appointed to the office.

Past composition of the House of Representatives

Committees

The current standing committees of the Arizona House of Representatives are as follows:

CommitteeChairmanVice-Chairman
Appropriations Regina E. Cobb John Kavanagh
Commerce Jeff Weninger Travis Grantham
Education Michelle Udall John Fillmore
Elections Kelly Townsend Frank Carroll
Federal Relations Mark Finchem Gail Griffin
Government John Kavanagh Kevin Payne
Health and Human Services Nancy Barto Jay Lawrence
Judiciary John Allen Walter Blackman
Land & Agriculture Timothy M. Dunn Travis Grantham
Military & Veterans Affairs Jay Lawrence Joanne Osborne
Natural Resources, Energy & Water Gail Griffin Timothy M. Dunn
Public Safety Kevin Payne Anthony T. Kern
Regulatory Affairs Travis Grantham Bret Roberts
Rules Anthony T. Kern Thomas "T.J." Shope, Jr.
State & International Affairs Tony Rivero Walter Blackman
Technology Bob Thrope Jeff Weninger
Transportation Noel Campbell Leo Biasiucci
Ways & Means Ben Toma Shawnna Bolick

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References

  1. "Rules of the Arizona House of Representatives" (PDF). azleg.gov. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. "Rules of the Arizona House of Representatives" (PDF). azleg.gov. Retrieved 1 June 2016.