Andy Biggs

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Andy Biggs
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Arizona State Senate District 12
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President, Arizona State Senate
2013 - present
Majority Leader, Arizona State Senate
2011 - 2012
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 limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
2002-2010
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Master'sArizona State University
J.D.University of Arizona
Personal
ProfessionRetired Attorney
Websites
Office website
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Andy Biggs is the Republican President of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Biggs served as Majority Leader from 2011-2012.

Biggs served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 22 from 2003 to 2011.

Biography

Biggs' professional experience includes working as an attorney.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Chair
Audit, Ex officio
DES Block Grants
Federal Mandates, Co-Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Biggs served on these committees:

Issues

Biggs's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2068 - schools; parental educational choice grants
  • HB 2069 - school choice scholarships; failing schools
  • HB 2426 - enhanced driver licenses; prohibition
  • HB 2467 - western climate initiative; prohibition

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Andy Biggs 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, 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.

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Scott Glover was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Andy Biggs was unopposed in the Republican primary. Glover will face Biggs in the general election.[6][7]

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Biggs won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 12. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Arizona State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Biggs Incumbent 100% 63,812
Total Votes 63,812

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Biggs was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the Arizona House of Representatives. He instead won election to the district 22 seat of the Arizona State Senate. He ran unopposed.[10]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Biggs and Laurin Hendrix were elected to the 22nd District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponent Glenn Ray (D).[11]

Biggs raised $27,405 for the campaign, Hendrix raised $64,228, and Ray raised $34,256.[12]

Arizona State House, District 22 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Biggs (R) 59,615
Green check mark transparent.png Laurin Hendrix (R) 56,885
Glenn Ray (D) 42,191

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Biggs is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Biggs raised a total of $137,570 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[13]

Andy Biggs's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 12 Won $38,427
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 22 Won $14,855
2008 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $27,405
2006 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $18,823
2004 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $12,197
2002 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $25,863
Grand Total Raised $137,570

2012

Biggs won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Biggs raised a total of $38,427.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Andy Biggs's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,736
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,186
Salt River Project$1,000
Enterprise Rent-A-Car$750
Arizona Dental Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$38,427
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Biggs won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Biggs raised a total of $14,855.

2008

Biggs won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Biggs raised a total of $27,405.

2006

Biggs won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Biggs raised a total of $18,823.

2004

Biggs won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Biggs raised a total of $12,197.

2002

Biggs won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Biggs raised a total of $25,863.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[14]

2013

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

Personal

Biggs and his wife Cindy have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Judy Burges (R)
Arizona State Senate District 12
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Thayer Verschoor
Arizona State Senate District 22
2011–2013
Succeeded by
John Nelson (R)
Preceded by
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Arizona House District 22
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Eddie Farnsworth