State Senator Steve Montenegro was first elected to the Arizona Legislature in November of 2008. He served in the House of Representatives until January 2017, holding several positions including Speaker Pro-Tempore, Committee Chairman, and House Majority Leader for the 52nd Legislature (2015-2016). He is currently in his first term in the Arizona Senate. An award-winning champion of families, taxpayers, and our Constitutional liberties, Steve continues to focus on issues including education, government transparency, protecting our Second Amendment rights, agriculture, water, border security, fiscal responsibility, and taking care of our veterans and military presence here in Arizona. He has appeared on national networks like Fox News, CNN, Univision, and Telemundo, to speak about the importance of securing our borders, ending illegal immigration, and supporting President Trumpâ€™s efforts to enforce our laws and secure our nation. He was awarded Legislator of the Year by the Arizona Republican Party in 2015.
Mr. Montenegro arrived in the U.S. from El Salvador when he was five when his family legally immigrated to the United States.
He has worked as a District Representative for Congressman Trent Franks and serves as a Minister at Surprise Apostolic Church in Surprise, AZ. He was previously an assistant teacher at Arizona Charter Academy and Superior School in Surprise, Arizona.
He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and also holds an Associate of Arts in Theology. He has served on the advisory boards for GOPAC, the Arizona Charter Academy and the RSLC Future Majority Project. He is also currently a trustee of Arizona Christian University.
He and his wife Melissa were married in 2009 and have a little girl, Adelynn. On those rare occasions where he has some free time, he enjoys reading, playing the piano, golf, and running.