Darin Mitchell

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Darin Mitchell
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Arizona House of Representatives District 13
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
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 limitsN/A
Bachelor'sArizona State University
ProfessionOwner, Landmark Home Inspections Incorporated
Office website
Campaign website
Darin Mitchell is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Water
Financial Institutions
Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs, Vice Chair


Campaign themes


Mitchell's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Securing Our Borders
Excerpt: "Like most Arizona voters, I recognize that illegal immigration, and ineffective border enforcement is costing our state plenty. It’s just not fair to Arizona Tax Payers, or those who are waiting in line to legally immigrate. Not to mention, the opportunity for terrorists and drug runners to infiltrate our state."
  • Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Unions
Excerpt: "I will enthusiastically endorse any measure to outlaw collective bargaining rights for Public Employee Unions. I emphatically believe the current cozy arrangement of quid pro quo between elected politicians and the Public Employee Unions (who help elect them) is corrupt and is costing Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars every year."
  • Child Protective Services
Excerpt: "The Agency charged with protecting Arizona’s at-risk-children has been a disappointing failure. Under the best of circumstances, life can be tough. Imagine what these kids have gone through before making their way to CPS. We simply have to do better. "
  • Education
Excerpt: "Okay, I am just going to say it…our public education system will not be fundamentally improved until the teacher unions are removed from the reform process. They are a big part of the problem and have little to do with the solution! I believe education instruction methodology needs to be revolutionized. In addition, we should enthusiastically embrace the idea of allowing qualified, professionals into the classroom as instructors."
  • Arizona’s Economy
Excerpt: "Our state governments’ job is to create a tax and regulatory environment that allows businesses to thrive and expand and create jobs for our citizens. We must lower the capital gains tax to encourage local investments as well as make serious efforts to (eventually) eliminate the Arizona income tax and replace it with a state sales tax."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Darin Mitchell 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.



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. Steve Hansen was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Darin Mitchell and Steve Montenegro defeated Diane Landis in the Republican primary. Hansen, Mitchell and Montenegro will face off in the general election.[6][7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Montenegro Incumbent 37.7% 11,548
Green check mark transparent.pngDarin Mitchell 37.2% 11,372
Diane Landis 25.1% 7,684
Total Votes 30,604


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Mitchell won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 13. He and incumbent Steve Montenegro defeated incumbent Russ Jones in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Montenegro Incumbent 51.7% 39,372
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDarin Mitchell 47.2% 35,968
     Republican Robert Garcia (Write-in) 0.4% 323
     Republican John Minore (Write-in) 0.3% 225
     Republican Cheryl Brown (Write-in) 0.3% 194
     Republican Clair Van Steenwyk (Write-in) 0.1% 110
Total Votes 76,192
Arizona House of Representatives, District 13 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Montenegro Incumbent 39.1% 10,189
Green check mark transparent.pngDarin Mitchell 32.9% 8,572
Russ Jones Incumbent 28% 7,294
Total Votes 26,055

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mitchell is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Mitchell raised a total of $26,998 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[11]

Darin Mitchell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 13 Won $26,998
Grand Total Raised $26,998


Mitchell won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Mitchell raised a total of $26,998.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Darin Mitchell's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$22,748
Mitchell, Darin$400
Koontz, Jeff$150
Diehl, Maeghan$150
Diehl, Ken$150
Total Raised in 2012$26,998
Source:Follow the Money



In 2014, Mitchell's endorsements include the following:[12]

  • U.S. Congressman David Schweikert
  • U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar
  • U.S. Congressman Trent Franks
  • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Arizona Free Enterprise Club
  • Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association
  • Arizona Multi-Housing Association
  • American’s For Prosperity
  • Western Growers
  • Arizona Citizens Defense League


In 2012, Mitchell's endorsements included the following:[13]


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

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

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.


Residency challenges

Mitchell's residency was at the heart of a legal challenge launched in September 2012 when Rep. Russ Jones, who lost to Mitchell in the August primary election, argued Mitchell should be removed from the ballot because he lives outside District 13.[15]

On September 21, 2012 the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated Mitchell's name appearing on the ballot.[15] He allegedly gave elections officials different addresses on different documents prompting a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to determine that he lived outside District 13, leading to an emergency request to the state Court of Appeals to block the trial court decision.[15] The Arizona Supreme Court decision denied the request to reverse the Appeals Court ruling, guaranteeing that Mitchell will appear on the general election ballot.[15]

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