Arizona Republicans received saddening news this week as Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R) announced that she’ll retire in January 2023, when her current — and last — term formally ends, The Epoch Times reports.
Fann rose to popularity — and infamy in the eyes of her political opponents — for spearheading the controversial efforts to have the 2020 election results in Maricopa County audited.
History will be so kind to @FannKfann
Her legislative record stand for itself, & she took a leap (at her constituents behest) & delivered Arizona one of the greatest achievements in #ElectionIntegrity in this country’s history
I wish her the happiest of retirements
Thank you pic.twitter.com/8b6X4yD6ql
— Columnated Ruins (@DominofromAZ) November 1, 2021
A long career
The 67-year-old state senator has spent nearly three decades serving the public in Arizona, beginning in various local government positions before winning her first big election that would launch her career as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives in 2011.
She made another significant career leap in 2016 when she successfully ran for the position of an Arizona state senator. In 2019, she was elevated to the position of Arizona Senate president, where she would play an influential role in policy-making and decisions in the state.
In April of this year, Fann led the charge to initiate a third-party audit of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County, the state’s most populated area.
Even in the face of extreme legal opposition from both Democrats and Republicans on the Maricopa County election board, Fann hired multiple out-of-state firms to conduct the audit, with Cyber Ninjas leading the audit efforts.
The audit, Fann stated on multiple occasions, wasn’t an effort to turn over the election results, rather, she believed it was a critical step to ensure future elections were carried out fairly and with integrity.
In her retirement announcement, Fann thanked her constituents and colleagues and expressed gratitude for being entrusted in serving through her various elected positions.
“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,” her statement read.
Fann added: “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.”
Undoubtedly, Fann will be missed by her colleagues and by Republican voters around the state, as she’s a rare breed of politician who refuses to buckle under intense pressure, and clearly has the best interest of her constituents in mind when making important decisions.