About
Senator 
John Kavanagh

Biography

Awards

  John Kavanagh is a twenty-two year resident of District 23, which covers most of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Rio Verde, and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. John and his wife, Mayor Linda Kavanagh of Fountain Hills, have been married for 37 years and have two sons, Jonathan and Nicholas. John is a professor of criminal justice at Scottsdale Community College and director of the college’s Administration of Justice Studies and Forensic Science Program. 
 
Prior to teaching at Scottsdale Community College, John taught at Arizona State University and served 20 years as a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, retiring as a detective sergeant. 
 
John served for eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives and during the last six years was chairman of its Appropriations Committee. He is finishing his first two-year term in the Senate and is chair of the Government, Committee, vice-chair of the Appropriatioins Committee and vice-chair of the Public Safety, Military and Technology Committee.

John served six years as a town councilman in Fountain Hills and also served three years on the Lafayette, New Jersey Town Council. He is also a Republican State Committeeman and Precinct Committeman.

John was awarded a BA in Liberal Arts from NYU, a Masters Degree in Government from St. John’s University (Queens, NY), and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers. He is also a military veteran. 

John has also served on or belonged to many other government boards and community service organizations, including a Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of Health, School District Advisory Panel, Planning Advisory Group, Community Center Volunteers, Senior Services Board of Directors, the American Legion, the Civic Association, Historical Society, Friends of the Chamber of Commerce and Scottsdale Republican Forum.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
Champion of the Taxpayer
 2015 and Lifetime
Americans for Prosperity
 
National Rifle Association - A+ Rating
Highest Rating Available
 
Friend of the Cities and Towns
League of Arizona Cities and Towns

 
Legislator of the Year
Humane Voters of Arizona
 
Guardian of Small Business
National Federation of Independent Business