Don Shooter

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Don Shooter
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Arizona State Senate District 13
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern California
Office website
Campaign website
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Don Shooter is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Shooter previously served as the Chair of the Yuma Tea Party.


Shooter earned his B.S. in History/Business from the University of Southern California. His professional experience includes working as a Farmer and Commercial Developer since 1981.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair
Natural Resources and Rural Affairs
Public Safety
Capital Review, 2013 Chair
Homeland Security
K-12 School District Receivership Study


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


Campaign themes


Shooter's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]


  • Excerpt: "I strongly believe that parents -- not bureaucrats in Washington or Phoenix -- know what is best for their children and should have the freedom to make educational decisions for their kids."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "As the only member of the majority who actually comes from Yuma, it is my responsibility to ensure that no one is forgotten just because of their distance from the State Capitol."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "Along with several other conservatives, I stood up for the taxpayers, and insisted on cutting spending and produced a truly structurally balanced budget, meaning we spent less than we took in. In these tough times, every Arizona family has had to do this, and our government needed to do the same."

Secure Borders

  • Excerpt: "The first step to solving illegal immigration is to enforce existing laws. We have to end sanctuary city policies, end catch-and-release by law enforcement, and start enforcing proper identification standards for obtaining drivers’ licenses, bank accounts, and social services – all of which can be addressed with our existing laws. We need to demand enforcement of those laws by our local, state and federal government – and we need to stop looking the other way."

Supporting our Military

  • Excerpt: "We must care for those who have made such great sacrifices for our freedom. Our nation owes them an enormous debt of gratitude for their service, and we need to ensure they have the support they need, including healthcare, education benefits and vocational training. I remain dedicated to issues related to our servicemen and women. We live in the land of the free, because of the brave."



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate 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. Terri Woodmansee was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Don Shooter defeated Toby Farmer in the Republican primary. Woodmansee will face Shooter in the general election. Farmer's candidacy was challenged before the Republican primary.[2][3][4]


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

After redistricting, Shooter's district was split into the new 4th and 13th Districts; he won re-election in the 13th District, avoiding a potential showdown with Representative Lynne Pancrazi in the 4th.[5][6] The general election was on November 6. He won election against John Nelson in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Arizona State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Shooter Incumbent 100% 48,132
Total Votes 48,132


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Shooter was a write-in candidate in the August 24 primary and won with no opposition. He then defeated incumbent Democrat Amanda Aguirre and Libertarian Jack Kretzer in the November 2 general election.[9]

Arizona State Senate, District 24 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Don Shooter (R) 18,334
Amanda Aguirre (D) 16,140
Jack Kretzer (L) 1,510

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shooter is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Shooter raised a total of $46,029 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[10]

Don Shooter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 13 Won $21,125
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 24 Won $24,904
Grand Total Raised $46,029


Shooter won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Shooter raised a total of $21,125.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Don Shooter's campaign in 2012
Erling, Richard$424
Day, Janna B$424
Jones, Allan$424
United Dairymen of Arizona$424
Jones, Abigayle K$424
Total Raised in 2012$21,125
Source:Follow the Money


Shooter won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Shooter raised a total of $24,904.


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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[11]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[11]


Shooter and his wife, Susan, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Gallardo (D)
Arizona State Senate District 13
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Amanda Aguirre
Arizona State Senate District 24
Succeeded by
Katie Hobbs (D)