Kimberly Yee

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Kimberly Yee graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in political science & English. She also attended Arizona State University to earn her M.P.A., Masters of Public Administration. Yee has previously held positions in the administrations of two California governors and was a senior research analyst for the Arizona Senate Committee on Education and director of communications and government affairs for the Arizona State Treasurer’s Office. From 2011 to 2013, she represented District 10 in the Arizona House of Representatives, and afterward, she represented District 20 in the Arizona State Senate until 2019. She served as state Senate majority leader from 2017 to 2019 [2].

As the Arizona State Treasurer, she oversaw an increase of 50% in Arizona’s assets under management in two years from $15.4 billion when she assumed office to over $23 billion today. Under her administration, the Arizona Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit historical record highs. Upon her election, she became the first Asian American elected to a statewide office in Arizona and was only the second woman to serve as Senate Majority Leader in Arizona’s history [3].  Yee also comes from a line of small business owners [1].

Key Issues

Reproductive Rights

Kimberly Yee has stated that she is Pro-Life [1]. As an Arizona State Representative, she sponsored and helped pass HB 2416 which requires doctors to give women the chance to see an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of the fetus at least an hour prior to the abortion. The bill also expanded the definition of abortion in existing regulations and statutes to include the taking of an abortion pill [4].

Gun Rights

Yee believes in protecting the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. She is an NRA life member with an “A” rating from the gun rights organization [1]. 

Education

Prior to becoming the Arizona State Treasurer, she was able to pass Senate Bill 1184 requiring students to pass a course in economics that includes financial literacy and personal finance management in order to graduate [5]. She is a supporter of school choice and the funding of charter schools. She is against “Common Core” and opposed the nationalization of the school curriculum along with 100 national leaders in 2011. Lastly, she wants to prevent the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools [1].

Economic

Yee supports an increase in financial literacy and wants to defend American capitalism [1]. Yee would promote lower taxes and increase jobs in Arizona to promote a stronger Arizona economy. Moreover, Yee believes that more money will be generated for healthcare, education, and public safety sources as businesses expand and consumers spend [6].

Law Enforcement

Kimberly Yee believes in “backing the blue.” [1].

Endorsements

Kimberly Yee is endorsed by Former Arizona Treasurers Ernest Garfield, Bart Fleming, Dean Martin, and Elliott Hibbs, and by Congresswoman Debbie Leko, Former Acting ICE Director Tony Pham, Former U.S. Education Assistant Secretary Bill Evers, and Republican politicians in Arizona such as Nancy Barto, Sine Kerr, Frank Carroll, John Fillmore, John Kavanagh, Kevin Payne,and Leo Biasiucci [1].

Sources

1 KimberlyYee 
2 Ballotpedia
3 AzTreasury 
4 AzCapitolTimes
5 RedRockNews
6 CronkitenNews