Kimberly Yee will serve as the 36th Treasurer of Arizona, the first Asian American elected to a statewide office in Arizona's history. She is also the first Chinese American Republican woman to win a major statewide office in United States history.
As an elected member of the Arizona Legislature since 2010, she most recently served the position of Senate Majority Leader. Kimberly Yee is the second woman elected as the Senate Majority Leader in Arizona's history, following U.S. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she served the position in 1973.
Born and raised in Arizona, Kimberly Yee is a graduate of Pepperdine University where she earned Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Political Science. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University where she received the honored Scholar-Citizen Award.
Prior to elected office, Kimberly Yee served a career in public service in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a Policy Analyst for Governor Pete Wilson and on the executive team of Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin, where she promoted fiscal conservative principles to protect taxpayers. She also served as a senior research analyst for the Arizona Senate Committee on Education. She previously provided administrative services for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. At the federal level, she worked for the United States Department of Justice in the Fraud Section, Criminal Division in Washington, D.C.
In 2016, Senator Kimberly Yee was a featured speaker on stage during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2014, she was recognized nationally as a "Rising Star" by the Republican National Committee at the RNC Winter Meeting. She was previously named one of the nation's "25 Most Influential Women in State Politics" by Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call, the leading media organization covering Congress.
Senator Kimberly Yee was one of 25 national women leaders selected to participate in the 2018 Women in Government Program. Senator Yee has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She was recently featured to represent the State of Arizona in Lifetime Television Network's series "Her America: 50 Women, 50 States" which profiled one woman from every state.
Kimberly Yee and her husband are blessed with two young children and they own a small business in the West Valley. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and volunteers in her church and community.