Gail Griffin

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Gail Griffin
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Arizona State Senate District 14
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President Pro Tempore, Arizona State Senate
2013 - present
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
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
1997-2001
Personal
ProfessionReal Estate Associate Broker
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Gail Griffin is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 14. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. In the 2013 session, Griffin serves as President Pro Tempore.

Griffin served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001. She was a candidate for the Arizona State Senate in 2000 but was not elected. She then served as Chair of the Couchise County Republican Committee from 2002 to 2006. She was also 3rd Vice Chair of the District 30 Republican Committee from 2003 to 2006. Griffin then was a candidate for the State House again in 2006 but was not elected.

Biography

Griffin's professional experience includes working as a Real Estate Associate Broker for Sierra Vista Realty since 1975.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Government and Environment, Chair
Natural Resources and Rural Affairs, Vice Chair
Public Safety
Rules
Capital Review
Homeland Security
Transportation between Sonora, Mexico and Arizona
Water Salinity Issues Study

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Griffin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "Secure Our Borders"
  • "Protect Jobs & Economic Stability of Our Communities"
  • "Protect Our Property & Water Rights"
  • "Improve Academic Achievement by Ensuring Taxpayer Dollars Get to the Classroom for Students & Teachers"[1]

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Gail Griffin 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 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. Incumbent Gail Griffin was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Griffin won election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 14. She ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Arizona State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGail Griffin Incumbent 61.7% 49,647
     Democratic Patricia V. Fleming 38.3% 30,808
Total Votes 80,455

2010

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Griffin ran in the 2010 election for Arizona State Senate District 25. She defeated Craig Smith in the August 24 primary election. She then defeated incumbent Democrat Manuel Alvarez in the November 2 general election.[11][12]

Arizona State Senate, District 25 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gail Griffin (R) 29,830
Manuel Alvarez (D) 24,074
Arizona State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gail Griffin (R) 9,165
Craig Smith (R) 5,356

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Griffin is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Griffin raised a total of $225,876 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[13]

Gail Griffin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 14 Won $28,033
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 25 Won $30,655
2006 Arizona State House, District 25 Defeated $28,495
2000 Arizona State Senate, District 8 Defeated $50,358
1998 Arizona State House, District 8 Won $64,599
1996 Arizona State House, District 8 Won $23,736
Grand Total Raised $225,876

2012

Griffin won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Griffin raised a total of $28,033.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gail Griffin's campaign in 2012
Gail Griffin For Senate$3,127
Pinnacle West Capital$1,736
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,336
Cox Communications$576
Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants$474
Total Raised in 2012$28,033
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Griffin won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Griffin raised a total of $30,655.

2006

Griffin lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Griffin raised a total of $28,495.

2000

Griffin lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Griffin raised a total of $50,358.

1998

Griffin won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Griffin raised a total of $64,599.

1996

Griffin won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Griffin raised a total of $23,736.

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

Griffin is single and has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Meza (D)
Arizona State Senate District 14
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Manuel Alvarez
Arizona State Senate District 25
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Bob Worsley (R)