Adam Kwasman

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Adam Kwasman
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Arizona District 1
Date of primaryAugust 26, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Arizona House of Representatives District 11
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Adam Kwasman is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Kwasman is seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Arizona in 2014. He was the first Republican to announce his entry into the race.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kwasman served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Commerce
Ways and Means, Vice Chair
Budget

Issues

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

See also: Can Arizona conservatives beat the clock to block Medicaid expansion from taking effect Jan. 1?

Adam Kwasman is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.[2]

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid.[3] She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.

By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013 deadline.[4]

The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years,"[2] according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.[5]

The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hope to have expansion shut down before it officially goes live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.

Elections

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2014

See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Kwasman is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 1st District. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kwasman won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 11. He and incumbent Steve Smith ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Smith 36.7% 44,928
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kwasman 34.1% 41,732
     Democratic Dave Joseph 29.2% 35,707
Total Votes 122,367

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kwasman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kwasman raised a total of $53,934 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[8]

Adam Kwasman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 11 Won $53,934
Grand Total Raised $53,934

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kwasman's reports.

Adam Kwasman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[9]February 1, 2014$0$102,555$(23,183)$79,372
Running totals
$102,555$(23,183)

2012

Kwasman won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kwasman raised a total of $53,934.

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