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 these two organizations which he co-founded in 1998 and 2006, respectively.
Steve practiced law in Tempe and Chandler from 1972 until 2019 and was a board-certified family law specialist for many of those years. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance with high distinction, he earned his law degree magna cum laude from ASU’s College of Law. He served for four 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 2003-2019: the first eight years in the House where he chaired the Ways & Means Committee and served as Speaker Pro Tempore; and the following eight years in the Senate where he chaired the Finance Committee, was Majority Leader, and then was President of the Senate for the 53rd Legislature in 2017-2019.
As a legislator, Steve sponsored 95 bills that were signed into law, had 16 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 30 years and all three of their sons attended Christian Schools in Arizona. Now Steve and Linda have grandchildren enrolled in a K-12 Christian School in Tennessee, as well as grandchildren attending Wheaton College and Liberty University. Steve considers it a deep honor to help families secure a Christian Education for their children.