State Senator Sean Bowie and his family first moved to Chandler in 1994, drawn to the area’s strong public schools and quality way of life.
A product of the Kyrene Elementary and Tempe Union High School districts, Sean graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in 2002. Sean then went on to ASU, receiving degrees in Political Science and History.
After receiving his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, Sean worked as a management consultant, working with Fortune 500 companies from across the globe.
Sean previously worked for the Provost's office at his alma mater, Arizona State University. He worked daily on issues including expanding need-based financial aid for working Arizona families, increasing resources for first-year students, and expanding online educational opportunities and increasing access for students.
Since being elected to the Senate in 2016, Sean has consistently fought for increased investment in our local public schools and higher educational institutions. He has voted yes on multiple pay raises for our teachers and educators, and opposed efforts to expand private school vouchers that would critically impact our local public schools, the same schools Sean attended growing up.
Sean has also been a champion for mental health issues in our community, and was the lead sponsor in 2019 of the Mitch Warnock Act, which requires all school personnel in grades 6-12 to receive training on suicide prevention.
Despite being a member of the minority party, Sean has had several bills signed into law, and he regularly works with legislators on both sides of the aisle on important issues facing our community, including small business relief, workforce development, and investments in our state's infrastructure. He has won several state and national awards for his leadership on critical issues impacting District 18.
In addition to his role in the Senate, Sean also works as a Professor of Practice in the School of Public Affairs at ASU. He teaches undergraduate courses on leadership, ethics, public policy, and the state legislature.
With his unique combination of skills, experience, and education, along with his roots in our community, Sean is well qualified to represent our district in the state senate.
Sean is the oldest of four children, with his entire family calling LD18 home. He currently lives in Ahwatukee.