Carl Seel

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Carl Seel
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Arizona House of Representatives District 20
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 5
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
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Education
Associate'sCollege of the Canyons, 1993
Personal
BirthdayJuly 14, 1969
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Carl Seel (b. July 14, 1969) is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Seel is Chair of the Maricopa County Finance Committee, Member at Large of the Arizona State Executive Committee and a Precinct Committeeman.

Biography

Seel's professional experience includes working in ad sales with Directions Publishing, member of the Chamber at Antheu and member of the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility
Reform and Human Services
DES Block Grants, Co-Chair
Homeland Security

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Seel served on these committees:

Issues

Seel's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2106 - prohibit photo radar; state highways
  • HB 2127 - legislators; voting required; salary loss
  • HB 2130 - campaign finance reports; penalty
  • HB 2418 - concealed weapons; federal firearms licensee

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?

Carl Seel 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 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. Amy Schwabenlender was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Paul Boyer and Anthony Kern defeated incumbent Carl Seel, Bill Adams and Thurane Aung Khin in the Republican primary. Schwabenlender, Boyer and Kern will face off in the general election. Aaron Flannery (R) withdrew before the primary.[6][7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 20 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Boyer Incumbent 32.7% 9,436
Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Kern 23.1% 6,674
Carl Seel Incumbent 16.7% 4,817
Bill Adams 15.5% 4,480
Thurane Aung Khin 12% 3,469
Total Votes 28,876

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Seel won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 20. He and Paul Boyer defeated George Benavides in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Boyer 29% 37,143
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarl Seel Incumbent 25.7% 32,865
     Democratic Jackie Thrasher 23.7% 30,342
     Democratic Tonya Norwood 21.5% 27,542
Total Votes 127,892
Arizona House of Representatives, District 20 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Boyer 49.1% 12,224
Green check mark transparent.pngCarl Seel Incumbent 36.1% 8,990
George Benavides 14.9% 3,701
Total Votes 24,915

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Seel won re-election to the 6th District seat in 2010. He and fellow incumbent Amanda Reeve won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Democrat Teri Conrad and Green Party candidate Deborah ODowd in the November 2 general election.[11][12]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 6 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Amanda Reeve (R) 34,555
Green check mark transparent.png Carl Seel (R) 31,508
Teri Conrad (D) 20,754
Deborah ODowd (G) 5,405
Arizona House of Representatives, District 6 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Amanda Reeve (R) 6,870
Green check mark transparent.png Carl Seel (R) 6,595
David E. Fitzgerald, III (R) 6,555
Steve Kaiser (R) 4,114
John Adam Kowalski (R) 3,952
Rick Robinson (R) 1,926
Clint Van Wuffen (R) 1,810

2008

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Seel and Sam Crump were elected to the 6th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents Jack Doody (D) and Teri Conrad (D).[13]

Seel raised $72,999 for the campaign, Crump raised $56,578, Doody raised $31,628, and Conrad raised $29,463.[14]

Arizona State House, District 6 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Carl Seel (R) 38,467
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Crump (R) 43,389
Jack Doody (D) 30,139
Teri Conrad (D) 28,894

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Seel is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Seel raised a total of $205,649 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[15]

Carl Seel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 20 Won $38,822
2010 Arizona State House, District 6 Won $39,358
2008 Arizona State House, District 6 Won $72,999
2006 Arizona State House, District 6 Defeated $52,395
2004 Arizona Corporation Commissioner Defeated $2,075
Grand Total Raised $205,649

2012

Seel won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Seel raised a total of $38,822.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carl Seel's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$35,867
Kaites, John P$150
Briggs, Mark$150
Sandquist, Jeffrey A$150
Basilio, Phyllis J$150
Total Raised in 2012$38,822
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Seel won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Seel raised a total of $39,358.

2008

Seel won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Seel raised a total of $72,999.

2006

Seel lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Seel raised a total of $52,395.

2004

Seel lost the election for the Arizona Corporation Commissioner in 2004. During that election cycle, Seel raised a total of $2,075.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[16]

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.[16]

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

Seel and his wife, Jamie, have three children.

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