The definition of a statesman is one who is a wise, skillful, and respected political leader.

Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) recently announced the inaugural Jon Kyl Statesman Award in honor of former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. Throughout his almost 30-year congressional career, Senator Kyl epitomized the definition of a statesman. He shaped policies with integrity, a commitment to conservative principles, and a thorough knowledge of the art of government.

In recognition of a statesman retiring from elective office this year, CAP had the honor of recently awarding the inaugural Jon Kyl Statesman Award to Senate President Steve Yarbrough:

President Yarbrough has served for sixteen years in the Arizona Legislature. He served eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate, the last two as Senate President, often taking on some of the toughest legislative issues.

He has been a powerful voice for preborn babies and their mothers, always standing up for a baby’s right to life. His heart and passion has also been to provide educational opportunities for parents to choose the school best meeting their children’s needs.

This year, President Yarbrough and his wife Linda will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Linda has defined what it means to be a helpmate as she supported his legislative work through the years.

To Steve and Linda Yarbrough, we say a heartfelt thank you for your unwavering advocacy on behalf of Arizona families and foundational principles. You will be missed at the state Capitol, but we know your advocacy for life, family, and religious freedom will continue.

May God bless you both!

Please take a moment to send President Yarbrough a note of thanks at syarbrough@azleg.gov.

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