State Senators Karen Fann and David Farnsworth speaking with former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul at the Arizona State Senate Finance Committee at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona, March 8, 2017. / Gage Skidmore / Flickr
Karen Fann is a Republican and resident of Prescott, Arizona. She is currently serving her first term as State Senator for legislative district 1.
She is the owner and CEO of a construction company which specializes in guardrail and sign installation. In addition, her and her husband owned and operated a horse ranch for nearly a decade.
Since 1994 Fann has served on various state and local councils and committees. Between 2002 and 2009 Fann served as a councilwoman and mayor of the town of Chino Valley.
She was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 after defeating Noel Campbell by 1,514 votes in the Republican primary and Democrat Lindsay Bell by 11,868 in the general election.
After redistricting, Fann won re-election to the AZ House twice in 2012 and 2014 in the newly drawn legislative district 1, which covers nearly all of Yavapai County and a small portion of Maricopa County. At 7,993.68 square miles, LD 1 is about the size of Delaware and Connecticut combined. The district is 69.59 percent urban covering 1.26 percent of its land area and 30.41 percent rural covering 98.74 percent of its land area. Prescott is the largest city in LD 1 with nearly 40,000 residents. The Yavapai Prescott Reservation is wholly contained within the district.
In 2016 she ran unopposed in both the Republican primary and the general election to replace State Senator Steve Pierce
Senator Fann is a member of the Appropriations; Natural Resources, Energy and Water; and Transportation and Technology committees; and Vice-Chair of the Finance committee.
Senator Fann was the prime sponsor of 22 bills in 2017. Fourteen of those bills were signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey, including SB 1080 which prohibits teenagers with learners permits from using a cell phone while driving.