Adam Kwasman

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Adam Kwasman
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Arizona House of Representatives District 11
Incumbent
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 generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
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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 sought 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] Kwasman was defeated in the primary on August 26, 2014.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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,"[3] 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.[6]

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, hoped to have expansion shut down before it officially went live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.

Campaign themes

2014

Kwasman's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • Creating Jobs: "The best way to create good paying jobs for Arizona’s families is to foster a business-friendly environment that attracts world-class industries and encourages local companies to increase their investment in our economy. We must have a competitive and jobs-friendly tax structure coupled with regulatory reform."
  • The Navajo Generating Station : "The NGS and Kayenta Mine provide thousands of jobs and have a long term multi-billion dollar impact, while providing affordable energy throughout Arizona. Their future is endangered by radical bureaucrats in the Obama Administration’s EPA. The priority for any representative from this district must be saving the Navajo Generating Station from closure."
  • Health Care: "Obamacare is a monstrosity and must be repealed. It raises taxes, creates uncertainty in the marketplace and has prevented employers from hiring, cuts a quarter trillion dollars from Medicare and puts medical decisions in the hands of unelected bureaucrats while premiums skyrocket. Worse, it will not improve outcomes for patients."
  • Government Spending: "We must get government spending under control and balance our budget. Fiscal responsibility and reducing the size and scope of government will be my top priorities."
  • Taxes: "Our current tax code harms the economy, burdens families, and is riddled with special interest loopholes. We need real tax reform to make our system fairer, simpler, and grow our economy."

[8]

—Adam Kwasman's campaign website, http://www.adamkwasman.com/congress/kwasman-on-the-issues/

Elections

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2014

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

Kwasman ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 1st District. Kwasman was defeated in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Andy Tobin 35.9% 16,573
Gary Kiehne 34.9% 16,104
Adam Kwasman 29.1% 13,432
Total Votes 46,109
Source: Politico as of 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Migrant children comment

Kwasman mistook a bus of YMCA campers for an expected group of immigrant children being moved to a shelter in Oracle, AZ. Upon seeing the bus Kwasman tweeted, "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law." He then told a reporter, "I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces.... This is not compassion." When he was informed of his blunder, he apologized "I apologize, I didn't know. I was leaving when I saw them."[9][10]

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 election in the general election on November 6, 2012, receiving the second-most votes.[11][12] The Arizona House employs "bloc with partial abstention" multi-member districts, electing two state representatives per district.[13]

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.[14]

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[15]February 1, 2014$0$102,555$(23,183)$79,372
April Quarterly[16]April 17, 2014$79,372$28,234$(43,074)$64,532
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2014$64,532$74,549$(51,003)$88,078
Running totals
$205,338$(117,260)

2012

Kwasman won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kwasman raised a total of $53,934.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Adam Kwasman's campaign in 2012
Kwasman, Adam$2,623
Pinnacle West Capital$1,736
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,000
Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce$500
Jp Morgan Chase & Co$500
Total Raised in 2012$53,934
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[18]

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[18]

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References

  1. Roll Call, "Kirkpatrick Gets First GOP Challenger #AZ01," July 8, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "2014 Arizona House Primaries Results," accessed August 27, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
  4. Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Address," January 14, 2013
  5. AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
  6. Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
  7. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 10, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Azcentral, "Arizona politician mistakes YMCA campers for migrant children," July 16, 2014
  10. Daily KOS, "Anti-immigrant Arizona Republican saddened by refugee kids ... from YMCA camp," July 16, 2014
  11. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
  12. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  13. Vermont Legislative Research Service, "The Pros and Cons of Multi-Member Districts," accessed July 17, 2014
  14. followthemoney.org, "Kwasman, Adam," accessed May 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Adam Kwasman Year-End," accessed February 7, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Adam Kwasman April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Adam Kwasman July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014