Rep. Yee to run for state senate

By Breann Bierman

Jan 11, 2012

State Rep. Kimberly Yee has announced she'll run for the state Senate in her current district.

The Senate seat will be vacated at the end of this term by retiring Republican State Senator Linda Gray.

Gray represented the Northwest Phoenix and Glendale district since 1997.

"Senator Gray has been a hardworking and devoted public servant for our district, and over the past 15 years, she has been to me a mentor and friend," Yee said. "It is a special blessing to have her here by my side as I announce my campaign for the position she has served with the highest of integrity in a body for which I have the deepest respect. I also want to thank my seat mate Rep. Jim Weiers for his dedicated service and for the many years of leadership he brought to the State as our former Speaker of the House."

Yee, a Republican, was appointed to the Arizona House of Representatives in August of 2010 and was later elected to the same seat representing the 10th Legislative District, becoming the state's first Asian American woman to serve as a member of the Legislature in Arizona history.