|Arizona House of Representatives District 22|
|January 7, 2013-Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|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 general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Arizona State University, 1988|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Livingston served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Financial Institutions, Vice Chair|
|• Insurance and Retirement|
|• Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs|
Livingston's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Protecting The Taxpayers
- Excerpt: "There are those who believe that the only way to improve Arizona’s long-term economic outlook is through tax increases. I couldn’t disagree more. While the majority of Arizonans had to cut their budgets and tighten their belts, big-spending politicians at the State Capitol were neglecting their responsibilities and mortgaging our state buildings to pay the bills."
- Small Business
- Excerpt: "Small businesses are responsible for nearly two-thirds of job growth in this country. As a small business owner, I understand how important it is to provide a healthy business climate in Arizona."
- Excerpt: "As the husband of a public school teacher, I understand all too well the incredible burdens placed on our educators by bureaucrats. I believe our public education system is top-heavy, with too many districts and too many administrators. We must treat our teachers as professionals and insist that at least 65% of all education dollars are used in the classroom."
- Excerpt: "Two years ago, our nation and our Constitution were dealt a terrible blow when Barack Obama signed his “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. Arizona’s Republican Party recently called ObamaCare, “…the most intrusive, most costly, freedom crushing entitlement program in our country’s history.” I could not agree more."
- Second Amendment
- Excerpt: "I will support and defend the rights of all law-abiding Arizonans to own and carry firearms. Our citizens have a constitutional right to protect themselves and their families."
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
David Livingston 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.
Livingston won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 22. He and incumbent Phil Lovas defeated Jeanette Dubreil in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 22, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Phil Lovas Incumbent||49.3%||58,700|
|Independent||Pat White (Write-in)||0.2%||261|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 22 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Phil Lovas Incumbent||42.6%||16,727|
Comprehensive donor information for Livingston is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Livingston raised a total of $38,880 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.
|David Livingston's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 22||$38,880|
|Grand Total Raised||$38,880|
2012Livingston won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Livingston raised a total of $38,880.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to David Livingston's campaign in 2012|
|Livingston, David A||$20,163|
|Livingston, David Alan||$10,000|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$1,000|
|Insurance & Financial Advisors Arizona||$620|
|Total Raised in 2012||$38,880|
|Source:[Livingston Follow the Money]|
Livingston and his wife, Tracy, have one child.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- Campaign Contributions: 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- 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, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- followthemoney.org, "Livingston, David," accessed May 23, 2013
- Project Vote Smart biography