Steve Yarbrough is Executive Director of ACSTO and of its sister organization, School Choice Arizona. In September, 2018, after an eight month sabbatical, Steve returned to leadership of the two organizations he co-founded in 1998 and 2006 respectively.
Steve has practiced law in Tempe and Chandler since 1972. He was a board certified family law specialist for many of those years. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in finance with high distinction, he earned his law degree magna cum laude from ASU’s College of Law. He served 4 ½ years as an administrator and legal counsel at ASU before entering private practice in 1975.
Steve served as a member of the Arizona Legislature from 2003-18; the first eight years in the Arizona House where he chaired the Ways & Means Committee and served as Speaker Pro Tempore. Then eight years in the State Senate where he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, was Majority Leader, and then was President of the Senate for the 53rd Legislature, 2017-18.
As a legislator Steve sponsored 95 bills that were signed into law, had sixteen years of perfect legislative attendance, and cast 99.9% of all votes over those years. He has received several of Arizona’s most prestigious public service awards including Senate and Legislative Leader of the Year multiple times and the inaugural Sen. Jon Kyl Statesman Award from the Center for Arizona Policy in 2018.
Steve is a passionate supporter of Christian education. He co-founded and served on the board of Valley Christian High School for 24 years. His wife, Linda, taught in Christian schools for more than thirty years and all three of their sons are products of Christian schools. Now their grandchildren are attending Christian schools in Arizona and Tennessee. He considers it a deep honor to help families secure a Christian education for their children.