Brenda Barton

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Brenda Barton
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Arizona House of Representatives District 6
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
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
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona House of Representatives District 5
2011-2013
Personal
Place of birthGraham County, AZ
ProfessionReal Estate Agent
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Brenda Barton is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 6. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Barton did not seek re-election in 2014.

Barton has served as a delegate to the Arizona State Republican Convention.

Biography

Barton attended Eastern Arizona College and graduated from the Dodie London Excellence in Public Service Series. Her professional experience includes working as a real estate agent.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Water, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Barton's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Economy

  • Excerpt: "I strive for a strong economy for rural Arizona. Through innovative new agricultural opportunities, such as development of a growing wine industry, and older industries like mining and forestry, we can achieve a vibrant and balanced economy. Our resources, wisely managed, have the ability to provide a dynamic and sustainable economy for rural Arizona. I have worked hard to ensure that government continues to get out of the way and allow small businesses to succeed."

Education

  • Excerpt: "I believe funding should follow the student and be outcome-based. One size fits all is a poor way to spend our education dollars and administrative costs should never be greater than the money flowing to the classroom. Master teachers should be developed and encouraged wherever possible and every education dollar spent should return a maximum yield. Additionally, parents should have a choice when it comes to the education of their children, without government bureaucrats getting in the way."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "I am a proponent of an expanded role for AHCCCS into a hybrid product and available to those in true need. I am not a supporter of a single-payer health care system, or the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act."

The Land

  • Excerpt: "I believe our management of the forests can yield employment, fund education, and be an economic engine for rural Arizona. The Arizona state motto is Ditat Deus; God Enriches, and I believe He does."

2012

Barton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Excerpt: "I pledge to resist legislation that increases the financial burden on the residents of Arizona during difficult economic times."
  • Excerpt: "I believe in increasing the usage of all domestic energy resources, including nuclear, natural gas, and coal as needed."
  • Excerpt: "I believe in the sovereignty and security of Arizona, and will resist measures and efforts of the federal government which encroach beyond the limits set by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States."
  • Excerpt: "In keeping with the Arizona Constitution, I pledge to maintain a balanced budget and to insure that state government lives within its means, and to resist efforts to inflate state government beyond the needs of the people of Arizona."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Brenda Barton 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.

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Lanny Morrison was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton were unopposed in the Republican primary. Thorpe and Barton defeated Morrison in the general election.[7][8][9]

Arizona House of Representatives District 6, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Barton Incumbent 35.3% 32,948
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Thorpe Incumbent 35.2% 32,886
     Democratic Lanny Morrison 29.5% 27,520
Total Votes 93,354

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Barton won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 6. She and Bob Thorpe ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Thorpe 27.6% 42,675
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Barton Incumbent 26.6% 41,122
     Democratic Angela Lefevre 23.5% 36,302
     Democratic Doug Ballard 22.2% 34,274
Total Votes 154,373

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Barton and Chester Crandell won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Democrats Bill Shumway and Prescott Winslow in the November 2 general election.[12][13]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brenda Barton (R) 32,884
Green check mark transparent.png Chester Crandell (R) 30,890
Bill Shumway (D) 17,478
Prescott Winslow (D) 15,489
Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brenda Barton (R) 10,696
Green check mark transparent.png Chester Crandell (R) 9,311
Keith Alexander (R) 7,541

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barton is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Barton raised a total of $71,679 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[14]

Brenda Barton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 6 Won $32,409
2010 Arizona State House, District 5 Won $39,270
Grand Total Raised $71,679

2012

Barton won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Barton raised a total of $32,409.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brenda Barton's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,776
Arizona Association Of Realtors$1,400
Salt River Project$600
Parris, Daniel$500
Mingus Mountain Republican Club$500
Total Raised in 2012$32,409
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Barton won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Barton raised a total of $39,270.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[15]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on ASBA's legislative priority bills.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[15]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to small business.
Legislators are scored on "their support of principles of limited constitutional government."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.

Personal

Barton and her husband, Bruce, have two children.

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