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Tim Bee resigns as UA vice president

Tim Bee, a vice president of the University of Arizona and former state legislator, is leaving his post as the UA's VP of Government and Community Relations.

Bee, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 against Gabrielle Giffords, had worked at the university since 2011.

"Serving at the University of Arizona for the past six and a half years has been the fulfillment of a lifetime goal and I am proud of the many things I have been able to accomplish," Bee said in a statement released by the UA on Saturday.

"It is now time for me to seek an opportunity that allows me to both pursue my passion of public service and spend more time with my family for the few remaining years my children are at home," Bee said.

"As the former president of the Arizona Senate and director of Gov. Jan Brewer's Southern Arizona office, Tim brought a new level of depth, experience and expertise to the University of Arizona. Tim will be missed at the University of Arizona. He will continue to be thought of as a proud Wildcat who greatly advanced his alma mater. We wish him well in his future endeavors," said Jon Dudas, UA senior vice president and secretary.

Bee said that "It has been an honor to work with a leader of the caliber of President Robbins. I look forward to watching the UA prosper under his leadership."

Bee began his UA employment in May 2011 as head of state relations and was promoted to lead the federal, tribal, state and community relations teams in 2014.

He was a member of the Arizona State Senate from 2001 to 2009, serving as the Senate president from early 2007, and was term-limited from running again when he sought a seat in Congress.

As the head of the Senate, he cast the deciding vote to place on the ballot a controversial measure that banned gay marriage in the state.

Brewer then appointed him to run her Tucson-area office.

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