ARIZONA ROOTS, HOMEGROWN LEADERSHIP
Kimberly Yee is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and was born and raised in the 20th Legislative District, the area she has represented in the Arizona Legislature since 2010. She currently serves as the Arizona Senate Majority Leader and was elected to this leadership position by her Republican colleagues. Senator Yee is the second woman to serve as Senate Majority Leader since U.S. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor served the position in the Arizona Senate in 1973. Kimberly Yee is the first Asian American woman elected to serve in the Arizona Legislature in the state's history.
Senator Yee proudly represented Arizona as a featured speaker on the stage during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, the Republican National Committee named Senator Yee a "Rising Star" at the 2014 Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. and she has been described by the RNC as a leader who will have "a tremendous impact on our party and who will play a major role in shaping our party's future."
Kimberly Yee is a graduate of Pepperdine University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs, and was the recipient of the honored Scholar-Citizen Award. Kimberly's graduate education in public administration prepared her for executive level leadership in the public sector, agency administration and analyzing public budgets.
Senate Majority Leader Yee currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee. In addition to those leadership positions she serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Education, the Committee on Health and Human Services, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Joint Committee on Capital Review. She formerly served on the committees on Finance, Judiciary and Elections, and the Joint Legislative Income Tax Credit Review Committee. She has 22 years of experience working with public sector agencies and researching and analyzing public budgets.
Recently, Senator Yee was selected as one of 25 outstanding elected women leaders from across the nation to join Governing Institute's 2018 Women in Government Leadership Class. In 2016, Senator Yee was named among the nation's "25 Most Influential Women in State Politics" by Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call, the leading media organization covering Congress. Senator Yee was also chosen among the nation's "Emerging Leaders" by GOPAC, the largest Republican state and local political training organization. She now serves on GOPAC 's Legislative Leaders Advisory Board.
Kimberly is blessed to be a wife, mother and small business owner. She and her husband own a small local business in the West Valley. Kimberly is a pro-life Christian woman of faith with conservative values who has been endorsed by Center for Arizona Policy Action which supports candidates with a strong voting record on life, marriage and family and religious freedom. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and volunteers in her church and community. She is the daughter of a public school teacher who taught elementary school in Arizona for over 38 years, and an Army veteran small business owner.
REPUBLICAN GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP
Kimberly is the former Chairman of her legislative district's Republican Committee. She has served for many years as an elected precinct committeeman and state committeeman. In 2008, she was elected as a national delegate representing her home state of Arizona at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Kimberly Yee has committed her professional life to public service for 22 years and has served under the executive administrations of two Republican governors and a state treasurer.
Kimberly served as an executive in the administration of former Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin between 2007-2010 where she was committed to promoting ethical, sound fiscal conservative principles, as well as advancing laws protecting the pocketbooks of hard-working Arizona citizens, taxpayers and consumers.
LONGSTANDING CAPITOL EXPERIENCE
Kimberly began her early career at the Arizona Legislature serving as senior staff to the Senate Committee on Education for the Arizona Legislature from 1998 to 2003 where she gained first-hand experience in the legislative process and helped draft many of Arizona’s state laws to improve and advance the state’s public education system, including the areas of preschool, elementary and secondary education, charter schools, vocational education and workforce training programs, community colleges and universities.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXPERIENCE
Early in Kimberly's career, she provided administrative services with the Maricopa County prosecutor’s office. Later at the federal level, Kimberly worked as an intern for the United States Department of Justice in the Fraud Section, Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. providing assistance in policy research and paralegal services.