Eddie Farnsworth

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Eddie Farnsworth
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Arizona House of Representatives District 12
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, Arizona State House of Representatives
2003-2004
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
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona House of Representatives District 22
2001-2008
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Master'sGeorge Washington University
J.D.George Washington University
Personal
Place of birthGilbert, AZ
ProfessionPresident/Executive Director, Benjamin Franklin Charter Schools
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Eddie Farnsworth is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000, serving until 2008, and was re-elected 2012. He served as majority leader from 2003 to 2004.

Farnsworth served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 22 from January 10, 2011, to 2013.

Biography

Farnsworth earned his B.S. in Economics from the University of Arizona, his M.B.A. in Finance/Investments from George Washington University and his J.D. from George Washington University. His professional experience includes working as the Vice President/In-House Counsel for a local manufacturing company, a former Intern for the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch of the U.S. Senate and the President/Executive Director of Benjamin Franklin Charter Schools.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Chair
Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs
Rules

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Farnsworth's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Public Safety and Securing Liberties
Excerpt: "Public safety and securing individual liberties are the primary and most important responsibilities of government."
  • Private property rights
Excerpt: "Private property rights and freedom are indelibly intertwined. We can’t diminish or lose one without diminishing or losing the other. Eddie has been a leading defender of private property rights, which include business rights. We have a right to secure our future through private property ownership with minimal government intrusion."
  • Education
Excerpt: "A good quality education is essential in preparing the next generation. Eddie believes that parents understand the needs of their children better than bureaucrats and has been a tireless proponent of education choice."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "Eddie is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and will continue to defend your constitutional right to keep and bear arms."
  • Taxes and Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "We are all entitled to the benefit of our labors with limited and minimal governmental burdens. Therefore, government should only tax at the level that is required to perform those functions and provide those services that are 1) constitutional, 2) the proper role of government, 3) and good policy."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Eddie Farnsworth 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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. D.J. Rothans was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Eddie Farnsworth and Warren Petersen were unopposed in the Republican primary. Farnsworth and Petersen defeated Rothans in the general election.[6][7][8]

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Farnsworth won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 12. He and Warren Petersen defeated Larry Chesley in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Farnsworth Incumbent 50.6% 53,925
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Petersen 49.4% 52,590
Total Votes 106,515
Arizona House of Representatives, District 12 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Farnsworth Incumbent 41.2% 14,816
Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Petersen 34.7% 12,500
Larry Chesley 24.1% 8,688
Total Votes 36,004

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Farnsworth faced Paul Howell, Brett Petillo, Steve Urie, and incumbent Laurin Hendrix in the August 24 primary. Farnsworth and Urie advanced with 16,725 and 9,933 votes, respectively. Farnsworth and Urie won unopposed in the general election on November 2.[11][12]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 22 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eddie Farnsworth (R) 15,134
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Urie (R) 8,915
Laurin Hendrix (R) 8,431
Kelly Townsend (R) 4,967
Paul Howell (R) 3,408
Brett Petillo (R) 3,018

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Farnsworth is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Farnsworth raised a total of $195,130 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[13]

Eddie Farnsworth's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 12 Won $20,786
2010 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $24,739
2008 Arizona State Senate, District 22 Defeated $60,206
2006 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $34,503
2004 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $14,490
2002 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $16,137
2000 Arizona State House, District 30 Won $24,269
Grand Total Raised $195,130

2012

Farnsworth won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Farnsworth raised a total of $20,786.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Eddie Farnsworth's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,736
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,600
National Rifle Association$500
Salt River Project$500
Freeport-Mcmoran Copper & Gold$424
Total Raised in 2012$20,786
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Farnsworth won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Farnsworth raised a total of $24,739.

2008

Farnsworth lost the election for the Arizona State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Farnsworth raised a total of $60,206.

2006

Farnsworth won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Farnsworth raised a total of $34,503.

2004

Farnsworth won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Farnsworth raised a total of $14,490.

2002

Farnsworth won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Farnsworth raised a total of $16,137.

2000

Farnsworth won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Farnsworth raised a total of $24,269.

Scorecards

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2014

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.
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.[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.

Personal

Farnsworth and his wife, Janet, have seven children.

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