Warren Petersen  

Serial homophobe and far-right MAGA Republican extremist member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 14. He assumed office on January 9, 2023. His current term ends on January 13, 2025. Petersen ran for re-election to the Arizona State Senate to represent District 14. He won in the general election on November 8, 2022. Petersen previously served in the state Senate from 2017 to 2019. He served in the state House from 2013 to 2017 and 2019 to 2021. Petersen began serving as state Senate president in 2023. Petersen is running for re-election to the Arizona State Senate to represent District 14. He is on the ballot in the Republican primary on July 30, 2024.
Arizona Republicans Ban Public From Attending Controversial Immigration Bill Vote, In Possible Violation Of State Law
"Republican Sen. Warren Petersen then ordered the gallery to be cleared and was advised by Republican Sen. John Kavanagh to have everyone in the gallery arrested for “disrupting the legislature.” This only further incensed the crowd, who began to chant, “stop the hate!”"
Jun. 4, 2024
 
Arizona Republicans Challenge Campaign Spending Law In Appeals Court
"Arizona legislative leaders appeared before the state court of appeals Tuesday to challenge a voter-backed campaign finance disclosure law they say violates the state constitution. Senate President Warren Petersen of Gilbert and House Speaker Ben Toma of Peoria, both Republicans, say Proposition 211 — or the Voters Right to Know Act — takes rulemaking authority away from the Legislature and over-delegates that authority to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, an agency of the executive branch. Proposition 211 was supported by more than 70% of voters in the 2022 general election and requires any person or organization making campaign media expenditures of more than $50,000 to statewide elections or $25,000 to local elections to disclose the original source of any contributions totaling more than $5,000."
May 7, 2024
Instead Of Fixing Arizona Abortion Law, Republicans Take A Vacation
"Republicans in the Arizona Legislature had a chance to address the 1864 law, they used another option—they ran for the exits. GOP lawmakers ignored votes to suspend the archaic law and instead voted to take a recess. Twice. Republicans aren’t taking immediate action. They’re not even taking less-than-immediate action. Their reaction to efforts to repeal the 1864 ban was to get out of town for the next week." [ . . . ] "Both Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma and Senate President Warren Peterson are supporters of the 1864 law. Toma and Peterson provided an amicus brief in favor of restoring the Civil War-era legislation."
Apr. 11, 2024
Apr. 10, 2024
 
 
"The Republican leader of the Arizona Senate said Wednesday he wanted the state Supreme Court to rule the way it did on abortion. The state’s high court issued a decision Tuesday that will reinstate a near-total ban on abortions. The only exception is when the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother. “It was hoped that it was going to happen by pro-lifers, myself included,” Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show. “We were looking forward to a day where we could protect life.”"
Election Threat Index
Jan. 5, 2024
Gilbert Senator Must Testify In Vote-Suppression Case
"The state’s top Republican lawmakers can’t avoid having to answer questions about their backing of legislation making it more difficult to register to vote. Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a claim by House Speaker Ben Toma and Senate President Warren Petersen of Gilbert that any inquiries into the background of how 2022 legislation became law runs afoul of legislative privilege."
Dec. 7, 2023
U.S. High Court: Arizona Lawmakers Can't Dodge Voting Rights Questions
"Arizona’s top Republican lawmakers can’t avoid having to answer questions about their backing of legislation making it more difficult to register to vote. Without comment Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a claim by House Speaker Ben Toma and Senate President Warren Petersen that any inquiries into the background of how 2022 legislation became law runs afoul of legislative privilege. The justices did not explain their decision."
Nov. 27, 2023
Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen On navigating A Divided Government
"Hoffman canceled a planned hearing of the Committee on Director Nominations, citing his displeasure with her executive actions — like an order to allow gender-affirming care for state employees and an order consolidating the power to prosecute doctors who perform abortions under Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat. Hoffman said in June he won’t hold any more hearings unless Hobbs rescinds executive orders that he takes issue with. But a spokesperson for Senate Republicans confirmed that Hoffman is now working to schedule new hearings, even though Hobbs never met his demands."
Sep. 7, 2023
Petersen And Toma Trying To Torpedo Deal That Would Lead To State’s Obligation To Pay For Gender-Affirming Surgery
"Top Republican lawmakers are trying to torpedo a deal that would result in a court order that would forever obligate the state to pay for gender-affirming surgery for its employees and dependents. And, if nothing else, they don’t want the state on the hook for $500,000 in legal fees claimed by the attorneys that sued. In arguments filed in federal court, Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma say they are not trying to block the state’s insurance program from covering the hysterectomy sought by Russell Toomey who filed suit four years ago. That, they said, already is going to happen, pointing out that Gov. Katie Hobbs signed Executive Order 2023-12 in June directing the Department of Administration, the state’s personnel arm, to remove language exempting “gender reassignment surgery” from the health care policies now available to state and university employees and retirees."
Sep. 4, 2023
Arizona Lawmakers Move To Block "Dark Money" Law
"In a new court filing, Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma contend that Proposition 211 infringes on the constitutional right of the Legislature to make laws. Now they want Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Frank Moskowitz to override what voters approved just last year. The new litigation comes less than two months after a different Maricopa judge tossed out a challenge filed by the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and the Center for Arizona Policy. Scott McCoy rejected their claims that the requirements of the law to disclose the true identity of those who spend money to affect candidate races and ballot measures violates the rights of donors." [ . . . ] "Proposition 211, approved in November by a 3-1 margin, was designed to close that loophole."
Aug.7, 2023
Arizona GOP Legislative Leaders File Emergency Motion To Uphold Transgender Athlete Ban Law
"Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma filed Wednesday’s motion to stop the federal injunction"
Aug. 2, 2023
Top Arizona Republicans Ask To Defend Trans Athlete Ban In Court
"Trans people, and women in particular, have been repeatedly singled out by Republican politicians in recent years, as the party has weaponized biological essentialism to push discriminatory legislation and appeal to the fringe."
May 2, 2023

The anti-Drag Storey Time Bill. This bill would apply only to libraries and other government facilities.

This bill, had it become law, would be the same as laws covering a cabaret but with the words "drag show" instead of "cabaret". This is simply a sneaky attempt to outlaw drag shows.

Arizona Senate Panel Ignores Own Attorney, OKs Bills Attacking Trans Students And Drag Queens

Elias Weiss / Phoenix New Times

Mar. 1, 2023

 
"Relentless Republicans advanced three anti-LGBTQ bills to the full Arizona Senate on Monday despite warnings that the bills might be unconstitutional.
 
Senate Rules Attorney Chris Kleminich warned the Senate Rules Committee that SB 1001, which targets transgender children in schools, and SB 1026 and SB 1698, two weapons in the GOP’s war on drag queens, weren’t likely to be upheld in a court of law.

[...]

"Despite Kleminich’s admonition, Republicans advanced the bill to the full Senate with a 4-3 vote. Republican Senators Warren PetersenSonny BorrelliSine Kerr, and T.J. Shope voted to advance the bill. Democratic Senators Lela Alston, Catherine Miranda, and Raquel Terán voted against it."

GOP Arizona Legislators, Including Leaders Of The House And Senate, Subpoenaed To Testify In Special Counsel Probe Of Trump
"At least three Arizona Republican state legislators have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Justice Department’s special counsel, Jack Smith, as part of the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and his efforts to reverse his 2020 election loss. The federal grand jury subpoenas were issued to Senate President Warren Petersen, Sen. Sonny Borrelli and House Speaker Ben Toma. And at least one former state senator, Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who led the Senate’s Election Committee in 2021, received a subpoena. All four have been ordered to produce records and travel to Washington, D.C., to testify."
Feb. 17, 2023
Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate District 114
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 8: Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 9: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
*  This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Lawmaker Who Owns Short-Term Rental Home Looks To Block PV From Enforcing Regulations
"Gilbert Republican Sen. Warren Petersen wants the attorney general to investigate an ordinance passed by Paradise Valley that regulates short-term home rentals, which he says violates state law, while the lawmaker himself owns a million-dollar luxury Airbnb listing in Gilbert. If Petersen’s complaint is successful in striking down the Paradise Valley ordinance, it would effectively block other cities and municipalities from pursuing other similar ordinances, including in Gilbert, where Petersen’s Airbnb is located. Petersen’s listing, discovered by Arizona Mirror, goes for $557 a night and can sleep up to nine people, according to the listing by “Warren” along with a photo of the senator. In a text message to the Mirror, Petersen said he doesn’t believe it’s a conflict of interest to own an Airbnb while also filing a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office regarding regulations of short-term rentals"
Mar. 14, 2022
Shame On Every Republican Who Voted To Sabotage Arizona's Schools
"It’s not surprising that our leaders finally broke down and agreed to allow the public schools to spend money that’s already sitting in their bank accounts – money the Legislature appropriated last June. What is stunning is that 20 Republicans – 14 in the House and six in the Senate – actually voted to stiff the schools and to heck with the impact on the one million Arizona children who attend them."
Feb. 22, 2022
GOP Lawmakers Ask Gov. Ducey To Withhold Funding From School Districts Mandating Masks
"Several prominent Arizona Republicans issued a joint letter Wednesday afternoon asking Gov. Doug Ducey to withhold funding and begin legal action against school districts that are not following state laws."
Aug. 11, 2021
Is Sen. Warren Petersen An Insurrectionist?
"Petersen is a driving force behind the Republican-backed push to audit the ballots from the 2020 election. He signed off on subpoenas ordering the ballots to be delivered for inspection. It’s still not clear who exactly will audit the results on behalf of the Senate and when it will occur."
Mar. 10, 2021
Center for Arizona Policy (Cathi Herrod)
2020 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-12
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 9: Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
*  This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Brownies’ Project Provokes GOP Leader Attack
"An Ahwatukee Girl Scout Brownie Troop of third graders may one day learn the lesson in Arizona hardball politics that their environmental project triggered."
Apr. 24, 2019
Battle Lines Drawn In Arizona Gay Discrimination Case
Dec. 24, 2018
Center for Arizona Policy (Cathi Herrod)
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-12
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 9: Protecting a parent’s right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same– sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
*  This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
Mesa Lawmaker Bullies Bisbee Over Plastic Bag Ban
"State Sen. Warren Petersen, a Mesa Republican, filed a complaint with the Arizona attorney general Sept. 28 under a new state law that lets any individual legislator try to overturn local ordinances they say violate state law. He says that Bisbee’s ban on plastic bags for the purchases people make at stores goes against a law that he helped pass last year."
Oct. 3, 2017
Here Are The Koch Brothers' 5 Favorite (And 5 Least Favorite) Arizona Legislators
Aug. 20, 2017
AZ Lawmaker Supports Stripping Voters Of Right To Vote For U.S. Senators
"For 113 years, Americans have been electing their U.S. senators. Now, one state lawmaker says that's long enough. Sen. Warren Petersen, a Republican from Gilbert, believes lawmakers like himself should pick U.S. Senators instead of the same voters who put him in office."
Mar. 14, 2017
Center for Arizona Policy (Cathi Herrod)
2016 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-12
Question 4: Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 6: Prohibiting government from discriminating against an individual, organization, or small business based on their beliefs about marriage.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 10: Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Nearly $500K In ‘Dark Money’ Spent On Legislative Primary So Far
Aug. 23, 2016
Save Saguaros, Sacrifice Self-Serving Politicians
Mar. 17, 2015
Republican Bills Aim To Ax Clean Elections
"Petersen's bill and SCR 1001, authored by Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott, would strip the commission of its funding [...] Petersen said Clean Elections undermines what he believes to be an important part of any election: going out and getting contributions."
Jan. 29, 2015
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-12
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Legislators Defend Support For SB 1062
Mar. 17, 2014
 
Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-12
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
  

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