State Sen. Sonny Borrelli to serve as majority whip

November 8, 2018 GMT

Sonny Borrelli is part of the Arizona Senate’s new leadership team. Borrelli, who was elected to the State Senate in 2016, will serve as majority whip.

According to Borrelli, as majority whip he’ll be able to help the Senate move bills through the houses of the legislature. It’s a position that sometimes requires being scrappy and engaged with other politicians and special interests.

“Sometimes you need someone to step up and compromise to get all the ships sailing in the same direction. Special interests will sometimes try to squeeze a member (of the Senate) and that kind of arm-twisting doesn’t need to go on.”


According to Borrelli, he’s the right guy for the job.

“It’s in my DNA as a Marine,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “That’s what leaders do, and they don’t care who gets the credit as long as they get the mission accomplished.

Borrelli said Lake Havasu City and Mohave County will benefit from his new rank in the Legislature because members of the leadership team have a place at the table during state budget discussions and he said he’ll continue to push hard on funding issues affecting rural areas. He said he expects issues on water and public safety also will come up during the next legislative session.

Borrelli formerly served in the Arizona House of Representatives and on the Lake Havasu City Council.

He joins Sen. Karen Fann of Prescott and Sen. Rick Gray on the Senate’s GOP leadership team. Fann will serve as the Senate president, and Gray has been tapped as majority leader.

The next legislative session is scheduled to begin on Jan. 14.