Steve Farley

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Steve Farley
Steve Farley by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 9th district
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded by Rick Murphy
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 28th district
In office
January 2007 – January 2013
Preceded by Ted Downing
Succeeded by Eric Meyer
Personal details
Born (1962-12-24) December 24, 1962 (age 55)
Upland, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Williams College (BA)

Steve Farley (born December 24, 1962) is an American politician, artist, and graphic designer who currently serves as a State Senator from Arizona, including serving in the capacity of assistant minority leader. He also served previously in the Arizona House of Representatives. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

A native of California, Farley is a graduate of Williams College, where he obtained a degree in political science. As an artist, his work includes a ceramic tile mural at the Broadway Underpass, at the eastern gateway to downtown Tucson. Farley developed a method for converting photographs into ceramic tiles, and has worked on similar projects throughout the country. Since being elected as a state legislator, Farley has focused on investment in education, healthcare, and public transportation. He is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee.

On June 5, 2017, Farley announced he is running for Governor of Arizona in the 2018 election, challenging Republican incumbent Governor Doug Ducey.

Early life and education[edit]

Farley graduated from Williams College in 1985 with a degree in political science.

Career[edit]

Farley was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006, and became the assistant minority leader in 2010. In 2012, he was elected to the Arizona Senate. Farley serves on the Ethics, Finance, Government and Environment, and Transportation committees,[1] and is the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.[2] He is also serving in the capacity of Senate Assistant Minority Leader.[2]

In 2012, Farley campaigned on issues like investing in new technologies and high-wage jobs, expanding health care for self-employed and small-business owners and making long-term care more affordable for middle-class seniors, in addition to his work in increasing the production of clean solar energy, outlawing driving while texting and protecting Tucson's sovereignty.[3] Farley opposed the controversial Arizona SB 1070 and favored expanding Medicaid.[4]

On June 5, 2017, Farley announced his campaign for Governor of Arizona against incumbent Republican Governor Doug Ducey. Farley lost the Democratic primary to David Garcia.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Farley is also a prominent artist, whose work appears throughout Tucson, including a ceramic tile mural around the Broadway Underpass, at the eastern gateway to downtown Tucson.[6] Farley developed a method for converting photographs to ceramic tiles, which has led to him working on several similar projects throughout the country.[7]

Farley is engaged to Kitt Leonard, an IT specialist at the Tucson Medical Center, and has two children.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Senator Steve Farley". Arizona State Legislature. Archived from the original on August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Meet Steve". Farley for Arizona. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Benson, Phil (November 7, 2012). "Rep. Steve Farley wins AZ Senate seat in Legislative District 9". CBS5AZ. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Candidate: Steve Farley". Arizona Star. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  5. ^ Nunez, Steve. "UPDATE: Democrat Steve Farley announces run for AZ governor". kvoa.com.
  6. ^ Nintzel, Jim (August 4, 2005). "Steve Farley". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "Senate Member - Steve Farley". Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved June 16, 2017.

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