Michele Reagan has transformed an antiquated paper-based bureaucracy into an efficient digital state agency in less than three years. Her work to transform the Department of State has made it easier to start and run a business and she has improved public access to everything from political contributions to genealogical records. Her efforts have earned her a leading role on the National Election Cybersecurity Task Force as a member of the Association of Secretaries of State as well as the Executive Board of the Lieutenant Governor’s Association.
Before her election to the state’s 2nd highest elective office, Michele Reagan was first elected to the Arizona Legislature in 2002 and she transitioned to the Senate in 2010. A proud fiscal conservative, Reagan has worked hard to generate economic growth, create jobs and reduce government waste. During her time as an elected official Michele has helped lead Arizona out of economic recession, balance the budget, and is proud to have helped create a $379 million surplus at the end of 2012.
Senator Reagan has an outstanding record as a legislator where she has earned the prestigious “Best Legislator” award in 2008 from the Arizona Capitol Times. Her solid understanding of economic growth earned her the honor of being the Chair of the House Commerce Committee where she is the youngest female to hold that position in Arizona history.
Reagan’s fiscal conservatism and pro-business policies gained recognition from the National Federation of Independent Business when she was named a “Small Business Guardian” and received the “Eye of the Eagle” award from the Arizona Small Business Association. Her commitment to job creation and reducing the tax burden has been recognized by both the Arizona and Greater Phoenix Chambers of Commerce with their consistent endorsements during her time as a legislator and senator.
With her transition to the Senate in 2010, Michele became the champion of election issues in the state of Arizona with her desire to ensure that every Arizona resident has access to vote and can do so with confidence, knowing that our election system is both accurate and efficient. Her desire to improve Arizona elections resulted in the formation of the first Senate Elections Committee where Michele is proud to act as the Chairwoman.
While acting as the Chair for the Senate Elections Committee, Michele has committed herself to pursuing voter registration and education efforts, working with county and municipal officials to address their concerns with the election system, and spending time with current Arizona voters to work with them to make Arizona the nation’s leader in election integrity and ballot security.
Prior to her outstanding success as a legislator, Michele got her start as the owner of FASTSIGNS in Phoenix shortly after moving to Arizona in 1991. She is originally from Illinois where she grew up in the Chicago-land area and graduated from Illinois State University. Michele is married, a proud step-mother, and has two beautiful dogs and a tortoise. She currently resides in Scottsdale.