|U.S. House, Arizona, District 1|
|Bachelor's||New Mexico State University|
Kiehne graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.S. in agriculture. He then worked at a livestock auction, as a truck driver hauling cattle and on his family's ranch. Kiehne then began working in the oil and gas industry. He currently owns three hotels and continues to work in the gas and oil industry.
Kiehne's campaign website listed the following issues:
—Gary Kiehne's campaign website, http://www.kiehneforcongress.com/issues.php
Arizona's 1st Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the seat was held by a Democrat, but the district had a slight Republican lean. Incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick faced no challenger in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Andy Tobin triumphed over Gary Kiehne and Adam Kwasman. The race between Tobin and Kiehne remained too close to call for over a week following the primary. In the end, Tobin won by 0.7 percent of the vote. Kirkpatrick ultimately defeated Tobin in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 1 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State|
Mass shooting comments
While speaking at a Republican primary debate, Kiehne made the claim that 99 percent of mass shootings in the country were committed by Democrats. He said, "If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people. So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans."
Kiehne later apologized, saying "This past weekend, I made a comment about the political affiliation of perpetrators of gun violence in the heat of a debate. I’ve since learned that the information that I based the comment off of was inaccurate and incorrect. I’ve always believed that when you make a mistake, you should own up to it. Too many politicians today offer nothing but spin and excuses when they say something they shouldn’t have. I’m not going to do that. Simply put, I shouldn’t have made the comment, and I want to offer my apology for making it without any reservations."
|Gary Kiehne (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$0||$50,600||$(5,000)||$45,600|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$45,600||$217,073||$(51,999)||$210,673|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$210,673||$166,642||$(102,622)||$274,693|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$274,693||$193,150||$(130,820)||$337,022|
**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Kiehne's committee owed $300,000 in outstanding loans to Gary Kiehne.
Kiehne has three children.
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- AzCapitolTimes.com, "Arizona House speaker eyes run for Congress," September 18, 2013
- Campaign website, "About Gary," accessed June 10, 2014
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Politico, "2014 Arizona House Primaries Results," accessed August 27, 2014
- KTAR, "Andy Tobin wins Arizona's 1st Congressional District GOP primary," September 2, 2014
- The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
- Think Progress, "Congressional Candidate: Democrats Commit ’99 Percent’ Of Mass Shootings," May 18, 2014
- Roll Call, "Kirkpatrick Challenger Apologizes for Linking Democrats With Mass Shooters," May 19, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Gary Kiehne October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Gary Kiehne Year-End," accessed February 7, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Gary Kiehne April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Gary Kiehne July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014