Former Arizona State Senator (R)
Steve Kaiser has lived in Arizona since he was five years old. His family moved from Illinois to Arizona to be closer to family and escape the cold. After graduating high school Steve attended Arizona State University on an Army ROTC scholarship and majored in History. He also met his wife of 18 years at ASU. Steve served for eight years in the Army, both in the Reserves and Active Duty achieving the rank of Captain. During his time he was able to serve in Afghanistan in 2008 as a Civil Affairs Team Leader. This was an amazing opportunity as it afforded him the chance to work with local Afghans all the way to their Congressional representatives as they helped to build critical infrastructure.
Upon returning home from Afghanistan, Steve continued working in corporate America in the Phoenix metro area. Serving in management positions with companies like Target, PetSmart and the local children’s hospital. During that corporate time Steve really longed to start his own business. While working full time at his main job he started a commercial cleaning company. In the beginning he was the only employee and he would clean offices either early in the morning before work or in the evening after working his full time job. Soon, he was able to hire employees and continue to add contracts. Eventually, owning that small business led him into the business that he owns now, a local junk removal company. Steve was able to take a one truck operation with one employee and turn it into a seven truck and 18 person business, in just three years!
Running for office has been an incredible experience and one that Steve holds dearly. The responsibility and sense of service is very rewarding. The opportunity to work on complex problems of the state and solve them with policy is exciting and challenging. Steve’s legislative priorities revolve around workforce and economic development, limiting government and ensuring our educational system is student focused.
Steve served District 2 in the Arizona State Senate from 2022-2023.
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