|Arizona House of Representatives District 6|
|January 7, 2013-Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
Thorpe's professional experience includes working as a published Constitutional author, lecturer and researcher.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Thorpe served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Energy, Environment and Natural Resources|
|• Higher Education and Workforce Development|
|• Technology and Infrastructure, Vice Chair|
Thorpe's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt:"Arizonans need jobs and a growing economy in order to help our citizens, our families and the success of our great state."
- Excerpt:"Job-killing government regulations must end. Arizona businesses need a business friendly environment in order to expand existing Arizona businesses, to create new Arizona businesses and to encourage businesses to relocate to our great state."
- Excerpt:"Arizona businesses and families need the lowest possible taxes, that are spent responsibility and prudently by our city, county, state and federal governments."
- Excerpt:"Arizonans requires a small, limited government that abides by its enumerated Constitutional powers and mandates, and abides by the will of its people. American free market capitalism is the very best path to our prosperity."
- Excerpt:"Our schools need smaller administrative staffs and smaller overhead costs. Our terrific teachers need good salaries and rewards for their hard work and commitment to their student's quality education."
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Bob Thorpe 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.
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. 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.
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," 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.
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.
Thorpe won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 6. He and incumbent Brenda Barton ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.
Comprehensive donor information for Thorpe is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Thorpe raised a total of $36,928 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Bob Thorpe's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 6||$36,928|
|Grand Total Raised||$36,928|
2012Thorpe won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Thorpe raised a total of $36,928.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bob Thorpe's campaign in 2012|
|Total Raised in 2012||$36,928|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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- Office website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Bob Thorpe on Facebook
- Campaign Contributions: 2012
- ↑ Verde News "Four candidates vie for two District 6 State House seats" Accessed September 21, 2012
- ↑ "thorpeaz," Official Campaign Website
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- ↑ Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- ↑ AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- ↑ Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State - Primary candidate list
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ followthemoney.org, "Thorpe, Bob," accessed May 22, 2013