About Kimberly
 

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. 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.

EDUCATION

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. 

EXPERIENCE

Kimberly Yee has committed her professional life to public service for 22 years. She has years of experience shaping and managing state budgets and helped create Arizona’s booming economy by working to keep taxes low and eliminate unnecessary regulations.  Kimberly has been a strong advocate for public education in Arizona throughout her career, helping 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. Working in the Arizona Treasurer’s office, she promoted ethical, sound fiscal conservative principles, as well as advancing laws protecting the pocketbooks of hard-working Arizona citizens, taxpayers and consumers.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

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.  

FAMILY VALUES

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. 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.