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Bruce Wheeler
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Arizona House of Representatives District 10
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Whip, Arizona House of Representatives
2013 - present
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
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona, 1972
Master'sUniversity of Phoenix, 2001
Personal
BirthdayOctober 14, 1948
Place of birthRoblecito, Venezuela
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bruce Wheeler (b. October 14, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. In the 2013 session, Wheeler serves as Minority Whip.

Biography

Wheeler earned his B.A. in International Relations from the University of Arizona in 1972 and his M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in 2001.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility
Rules
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Wheeler's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Allowing guns on campuses is not the solution to our problems! We must reverse the priorities of this legislature which have resulted in Arizona being ranked near the bottom in both student investment and achievement. We presently allocate about $7,800 per student per year, while spending over $42,000 per prison inmate per year. Education does matter."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "As we begin to dig ourselves out of this recession, we must focus sharply on ways to recapture the over 270,000 jobs still lost in our state since 2008. As a policy maker, together with statewide leaders in science, business, healthcare and sustainable energies I will continue my work to attract greater venture capital investment and high-tech companies, adding thousands of new and good paying jobs to our struggling economy."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "The fact that the legislature is allowing 21% of Arizonans to remain without health insurance, is not only a moral issue but is economically foolish and expensive. This means that emergency personnel and hospitals must treat patients and pass the costs on to the rest of us, resulting in higher insurance premiums and hospitalization costs due to uncompensated care."
  • Values
Excerpt: "Sometimes hypocrisy knows no bounds. The ideological and extremist led legislature, which purports to believe in local control of government by the voters in those local jurisdictions and in freedom of choice has been passing laws in which big state government consistently interferes in the decisions by local jurisdictions and acts against the rights of the individual."

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives 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. Incumbents Stefanie Mach and Bruce Wheeler were unopposed in the Democratic primary. William Wildish and Todd Clodfelter were unopposed in the Republican primary. Mach, Wheeler, Wildish and Clodfelter will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wheeler won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 10. He and Stefanie Mach defeated Brandon Patrick in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Wheeler Incumbent 27.4% 43,058
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStefanie Mach 26% 40,843
     Republican Ted Vogt Incumbent 24% 37,758
     Republican Todd A. Clodfelter 22.6% 35,609
Total Votes 157,268
Arizona House of Representatives, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Wheeler Incumbent 39% 12,235
Green check mark transparent.pngStefanie Mach 36.7% 11,525
Brandon Patrick 24.3% 7,614
Total Votes 31,374

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wheeler and Steve Farley defeated Ted Prezelski, Mohur Sidhwa, and Tim Sultan in the August 24 primary election. They then defeated Republican Ken Smalley in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 28 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Wheeler (D) 29,073
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Farley (D) 29,041
Ken Smalley (R) 20,508
Arizona House of Representatives, District 28 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Farley (D) 9,172
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Wheeler (D) 5,607
Mohur Sidhwa (D) 5,129
Tim Sultan (D) 3,814
Ted Prezelski (D) 2,515

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wheeler is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Wheeler raised a total of $82,522 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[9]

Bruce Wheeler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 10 Won $43,809
2010 Arizona State House, District 28 Won $38,713
Grand Total Raised $82,522

2012

Wheeler won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Wheeler raised a total of $43,809.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Wheeler's campaign in 2012
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona$1,736
Arizona Education Association$1,736
Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce$1,000
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 469$1,000
Osborne, John$500
Total Raised in 2012$43,809
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Wheeler won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Wheeler raised a total of $38,713.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[10]

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.[10]

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

Wheeler is divorced and has two children.

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