|Arizona State Senate District 17|
|January 10, 2011-January 10, 2013|
|Minority Leader, Arizona State Senate|
|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 2, 2010|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Arizona State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||George Washington University, 2001|
|Birthday||February 17, 1980|
|Place of birth||Mesa, AZ|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Schapira is the owner of Democracy Online Campaigns. He has previously worked as a high school teacher, political consultant, and aide to Senator Tom Daschle.
He was once a staff member of the American Cancer Society and is currently a member of the Key Club and Kiwanis Youth Group.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schapira served on these committees:
- Subcommittee on Rural Issues, Education and Natural Resources
- Education Committee, Arizona Senate
- Senate Ethics Committee, Arizona State Senate
- Banking and Insurance Committee, Arizona Senate (2012 only)
- Capital Review Committee, Arizona State Legislature
- K-12 School District Receivership Study Committee, Arizona State Legislature
Schapira's sponsored bills include:
- HB 2292 - compulsory attendance; age; increase
- HB 2299 - smoking in vehicle with minors
- HB 2383 - election day voter registration
- HB 2544 - schools; sex education
For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.
Schapira's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Arizona’s greatest resource is the beauty and diversity of its land. David has a strong record of supporting environmental standards that keep our air, land and water clean. During his service in the Arizona State Legislature, David earned an “A” grade every year from both the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club."
- Excerpt: "The middle class is the engine that drives our economy. In order to create jobs, we have to create demand, and that demand comes from the purchasing power of middle class families. Waiting for the “trickle-down” effect of tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires is not the solution to getting our economy back on track."
- Excerpt: "The strength of America’s economy tomorrow will be shaped by the investment that we make as a nation today. As a former teacher, David has dedicated his life to the belief that every student should have access to quality education, regardless of race, socio-economic status or where they live. For the first time in history, this generation of students will be less educated than their parents."
- Excerpt: "For too long, Washington D.C. has used the healthcare debate to increase the profits of insurance companies on the back of working families across America. David, a cancer survivor, understands the challenges that face middle class Americans struggling with health issues, and knows that Congress can do better than line the pockets of insurance companies. "
- Excerpt: "Social Security and Medicare not only represent a sacred promise made to all Americans who have been in the workforce; they are also critical to the economic health of our nation. We must stop those who seek to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher system."
Schapira's website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "We must invest in education. It's the best economic development tool for our state's future. In order to improve student outcomes we need smaller class sizes, more access to modern teaching tools and technologies, and competitive wages that attract and retain the best teachers."
- Our Economy
- Excerpt: "Small business is the backbone of our state. As a small business owner, David understands what it takes to build something from nothing. He also knows that businesses are the building blocks of a solid economy."
- Your Right to Know
- Excerpt: "David will continue his fight to bring the happenings at the state capitol into the daylight. The cigar-filled backrooms do exist, and David is working to swing open the doors because he believes that you have a right to know what your representatives do."
|U.S. House, Arizona District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Schapira was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead sought election to the district 17 seat of the Arizona State Senate. He defeated Democratic Wendy Rogers, Libertarian Garrett Chartier-Dickie, and Green Party candidate Grand Pa Goshorn in the November 2 general election.
|Arizona State Senate, District 17 General Election (2010)|
|David Schapira (D)||21,783|
|Wendy Rogers (R)||18,827|
|Garrett Chartier-Dickie (L)||1,277|
|Grand Pa Goshorn (G)||784|
Schapira raised $45,888 for the campaign, Ableser raised $48,652, Thompson raised $35,895, and Waddle raised $41,613.
|Arizona State House, District 17 (2008)|
|Ed Ableser (D)||30,467|
|David Schapira (D)||33,210|
|Mark Thompson (R)||23,437|
|Wes Waddle (R)||18,461|
|David Schapira (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$0||$131,802.36||$(70,000.19)||$61,802.17|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$61,802.17||$72,666.17||$(91,107.73)||$43,360.61|
|Pre-Primary||August 16, 2012||$43,360.61||$33,420||$(62,717.97)||$14,062.64|
In 2010, Schapira raised $40,068 in contributions.
His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $35,798 to his campaign.
Below are Schapira's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
Schapira and his wife Rosemary have one child.
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Schapira received a score of 41 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of D- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 11 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Schapira’s 41 in 2012 was the 29th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term ""David + Schapira" + Arizona + Senate" David Schapira News Feed
- David Schapira's personal website
- Senate website
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- David Schapira on Facebook
- David Schapira on Twitter
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Schapira
- Campaign website, Issues
- David Schapira's campaign website, Taking a stand
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," August 28, 2012
- Associated Press, "Primary results," August 28, 2012
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 7, 2014
- Follow The Money "Arizona House spending, 2008," accessed April 7, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "David Schapira's Summary Report,," accessed August 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "David Schapira April Quarterly,," accessed August 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "David Schapira July Quarterly,," accessed August 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "David Schapira Pre-Primary,," accessed August 23, 2012
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
Meg Burton Cahill
|Arizona State Senate District 17
| Succeeded by|
Steve Yarbrough (R)
|Arizona State House District 17
| Succeeded by|
P. Ben Arredondo