Sylvia Allen

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Sylvia Allen
Sylvia Allen by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 6th district
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded by Alice Crandell
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 5th district
In office
June 2008 – January 2012
Preceded by Jake Flake
Succeeded by Chester Crandell (renumbered district 6)
Personal details
Born (1947-04-02) April 2, 1947 (age 68)
Phoenix, Arizona
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Richard Allen
Children 5
Residence Snowflake, Arizona
Profession Small business owner, real estate agent
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)
Website Senate Website

Sylvia Tenney Allen (born April 2, 1947) is an American politician from Arizona. She is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate where she is President pro tempore.[1]


She served as a Navajo County Supervisor. A Republican party activist, in 2008 she was appointed to the Arizona State Senate following the death of Senator Jake Flake.[2] A resident of Snowflake, Arizona, she first represented the 5th legislative district.[3]

Following her appointment, she was elected in her own right in 2008.[1] In the 2009–10 legislature, she was a member of four standing committees: Appropriations; Education Accountability and Reform; Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt; and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare. She served as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare for the Arizona Senate.[4]

Senator Allen was a sponsor of a 2012 bill, SB 1127, that introduced shared parenting to Arizona.[5][6]

After redistricting, Allen was elected to the Arizona State Senate District 6 seat in 2014, taking office on January 5, 2015. Her current term ends January 1, 2017. In the 2015 legislative session Allen served on the Appropriations, Education, Government (Vice-Chair), Rural Affairs and Environment (Chair), Rules, Water and Energy (Vice-Chair) committees. She was selected by her caucus as President Pro tem.[1][7]


Allen was fined in 2004 for violation of Arizona's Clean Elections law.

During her tenure as a county supervisor, Allen attempted to interfere with an internal investigation into the conduct of her son-in-law, a detention officer, with female inmates in the Navajo County jail, where he worked. K.C. Clark, the Navajo County Sheriff, threatened to arrest her if she continued to interfere.[8] In March 2015, Allen filed a senate bill that would provide detention officers, like her son-in-law, with greater protections from disciplinary investigations.[8]

Speaking at a Rural Development and Retirement Committee hearing regarding a uranium mine, Allen said the world was "6,000 years old."[9]

During a March 2015 Senate committee hearing on a bill that would relax concealed carry restrictions pertaining to public buildings, Allen, a member of the LDS Church, suggested that attending Sunday church services should be compulsory for Americans.[10][11] Arizona state senate Democrat Steve Farley argued that even if church attendance might prove beneficial for society at large, Allen's proposal was a clear violation of separation of church and state laws,[12] including the First Amendment to the US Constitution.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Sylvia Allen". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Allen sworn in as state senator replacing Flake". The Arizona Republic. AP. June 17, 2008. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sylvia Allen: District 5". Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sylvia Allen's Biography". Project Vote Smart. 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Professor instrumental in passage of groundbreaking divorce law". Arizona State University. 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Real World Divorce: Arizona". Real World Divorce. 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sylvia Allen: District 6". Arizona State Legislature. 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Senator files bill after son-in-law lands in hot water". azcentral. March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ Senator Sylvia Allen says Earth is 6,000 years old], Arizona Capitol Television, June 25, 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  10. ^ Stout, Steve (March 26, 2015). "AZ Senator: Church attendance should be mandatory". Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sen. Allen would make church mandatory. God help us.". azcentral. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ Bruinius, Harry (March 27, 2015). "Sen. Sylvia Allen: Would 'mandatory church' lead to 'moral rebirth'?". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved March 28, 2008. 
  13. ^ Suhay, Lisa (March 27, 2015). "Why Arizona senator's mandatory church suggestion wouldn't fly". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved March 28, 2008. 

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