Name: Kelli Ward
Profession: Director of medical education at Kingman Regional Medical Center; works in the emergency departments in Kingman and Lake Havasu City.
Hometown: Lake Havasu City
Legislative District: No. 5, which covers nearly all of La Paz and Mohave counties.
Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Education; Government and Environment; Health and Human Services (Vice-Chairman).
Previous or Current Elected Offices: Chairman of the school board at Calvary Christian Academy in Lake Havasu City.
Highlights of Community Involvement: Lake Havasu City Rotary Club.
Why She Ran: “I’d throw my hands up and say ‘What the heck, why isn’t somebody doing something?’ And then finally I just said, ‘Why don’t I do something?’…There are no physicians – or there were no physicians – in the Arizona State Senate, so that voice was missing, I think, the voice for patients more than anything.”
Her Focus: “I’d love to figure out a way to bring some personal responsibility back into all of these government entities and government programs that we have. So really, my focus is to keep the spending low, to listen to my constituents and sponsor legislation or support legislation that they sent me here to support.”
Bills: SB 1112, which would assert Arizona’s sovereignty regarding any federal gun laws, rules, regulations, acts, statutes or orders. Among other provisions, it would make it a Class 6 felony for any official, agent or employee of the U.S. government to enforce or attempt to enforce any federal laws relating to guns, accessories or ammunition that are owned or manufactured within the state and stay exclusively within the boundaries of the state.