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David Gowan: Preferring not to comment (access required)

House Speaker David Gowan (Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times)

For only the second time in 12 years, a legislative leader declined to sit down with the Arizona Capitol Times to discuss the issues of the recently completed legislative session in a question-and-answer format for our annual Session Wrap edition.

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Andy Biggs: From stubborn no-voter to Senate leader (access required)

Sen. Andy Biggs (Photo by Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times)

After 14 years as a state legislator, Senate President Andy Biggs won’t be returning to the Capitol next January, and instead seeks higher office in Congress. The Gilbert Republican has much to reflect on after another chaotic session and years in the Legislature, where he went from a stubborn no-voter in the House to the leader of a Senate chamber that’s grown more conservative over the past decade.

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Doug Ducey: Not looking for a fight (access required)

Gov. Doug Ducey (Photo by Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Doug Ducey’s second legislative session did not go quite as smoothly as his first. Whereas 2015 was the shortest session in decades and a budget agreement was reached with legislative leadership in record time, 2016 dragged on into May as Ducey and lawmakers negotiated the budget.

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Katie Hobbs: The ‘least bad’ budget she’s seen (access required)

Sen. Katie Hobbs (Photo by Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times)

In Sen. Katie Hobbs’ second full session as minority leader of Senate Democrats, she had fewer votes to count – a headcount of merely 12 lawmakers claiming loyalty to the party after Sen. Carlyle Begay, R-Ganado, switched parties in 2015. Yet the Phoenix Democrat still watched her chamber approve KidsCare and approve the “least bad” budget she’s seen pass the Legislature.

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