In January 2023, Arizona politics won’t look the same as it has for the past 10 years with Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R) in the mix, as according to the Washington Examiner, Fann announced she will retire after her current term comes to an end.
Fann, a staple in Arizona’s state legislature, made the announcement this week, saying in part that she’s at the point in her life where she’s ready to spend more time with her family.
“I look forward to a successful session in 2022 advancing policies that benefit all Arizonans and then enjoying the life my husband and I have built for ourselves in retirement with our family,” Fann said in a statement.
Fann added: “It has been a privilege to advocate on behalf of Arizona citizens in my twelve years at the State Legislature and the honor of a lifetime to serve as Senate president.”
The Arizona Republican, who has served at various levels of government in her state for nearly three decades, rose to prominence earlier this year after she spearheaded efforts to audit the 2020 election results in Maricopa County.
Fann generated headlines for several weeks back in April when she issued subpoenas for a number of election-related items, including ballot-counting machines, ballots, and similar items.
She stated on several occasions that her intentions with the audit, which was carried out by Cyber Ninjas, was to ensure election integrity in future elections, as well as expose any potential fraud or mistakes in the 2020 election. The audit would ultimately expose a number of discrepancies, but nothing that came close to entertaining the notion of overturning the results.
However, according to an Associated Press report, Fann insisted that the controversy stirred by her audit efforts didn’t factor in to her decision to retire when her term ends.
Undoubtedly, Fann will be missed by her Republican colleagues, and her exit will likely have the state’s Democrats breathing a sigh of relief, as she was a rare breed of politician who clearly always finds a way to get things done.