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John KavanaghREPRepublican State Senator, District 3
73
Years of Age
17
Years of Experience
AZResidence (state)

John Kavanagh (born June 5, 1950) is an American politician who has served in both houses of the Arizona State Legislature since 2007. He is currently representing the 3rd legislative district in the Arizona Senate since 2023.Kavanagh represented District 23 in the Arizona House of Representatives representing from 2013 to 2015, District 8 from 2007 to 2013, and District 23 from 2019 to 2023. He was a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and retired as a detective sergeant, after 20 years of service. He is currently a professor of criminal justice at Scottsdale Community College (AZ), where he is Program Director of the Administration of Justice Studies and Forensic Science Programs.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
New York University
BA Liberal Arts
1968 - 1973
Saint John's University
MA Government
1973
Rutgers University
PhD Criminal Justice
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
Senator
Arizona State Senate
2023 - Current
Representative
Arizona State House of Representatives
2019 - 2023
President Pro Tempore
Arizona State Senate
2017 - 2019
Senator
Arizona State Senate
2015 - 2019
Representative
Arizona State House of Representatives
2007 - 2015
Former Council Member
Town of Lafayette, New Jersey
Former Council Member
Town of Fountain Hills, Arizona
Professor
Criminal Justice, Scottsdale Community College
2000 - 2018
Former Detective Sergeant
New Jersey Police Department
Former Director
Administration of Justice Studies and Forensic Science Program, Scottsdale Community College
Former Police Officer
New York Port Authority
Former Professor
Arizona State University
Served
United States Armed Forces
Other Experience1 - 25 of 25
Member
American Legion
Member
Historical Society
Member
Senior Services Board of Directors
Committee Member
Arizona State Republican Party
Member
Friends of the Chamber of Commerce
Member
Parks and Recreation Commission
Member
Fountain Hills Republican Club
Member
Civic Association
Member
Community Center Volunteers
Member
Scottsdale Republican Forum
Chair
Appropriations Committee, Arizona State Senate
2023 - Current
Member
Elections Committee, Arizona State Senate
2023 - Current
Vice Chair
Judiciary Committee, Arizona State Senate
2023 - Current
Former Member
Employment and Regulatory Affairs Committee, Arizona State House of Representatives
Former Chair
Government Committee, Arizona State House of Representatives
Former Chair
Government Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Member
Capital Review [JCCR] Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Member
Joint Legislative Budget Committee [JLBC], Arizona State Senate
Former Member
Public Safety Committee, Arizona State House of Representatives
Former Member
State Debt and Budget Reform Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Public Safety, Military and Technology Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Appropriations Committee, Arizona State Senate
Member
Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Criminal Justice
Member
Natural Resources and Public Safety Committee
Member
Public Institutions and Retirement Committee