Gary Kiehne

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Gary Kiehne
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 1
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University
Campaign website
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Gary Kiehne is a 2016 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Arizona.

Kiehne sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Arizona in 2014 as well.[1] Kiehne was defeated by Andy Tobin in the primary on August 26, 2014.


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.[2]


Campaign themes


Kiehne's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Defending Land Rights: "Gary is committed to defending our rights to develop and use our land. In Congress, Gary will fight to end federal mismanagement of land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Forest Service, and other federal agencies in our district. Gary will also work to transfer control of this land back to the states and to private individuals."
  • Limited Government: "As a conservative who has seen the problems caused by the out-of-control growth of the federal government in our district and across the country first hand, Gary is committed to rolling back the size of the federal government in Congress. As a passionate advocate for limited government, Gary will stand up to the politicians in Washington who think big government is a good thing and who want to continue to grow the size of government."
  • Reducing Government Spending and Lowering Taxes: "We don’t need politicians telling us that the federal government spends too much and borrows too much. We need someone who will do something about it. As a business owner who has had to set budgets and stick to them, Gary understands what most politicians don’t – when you spend more than you take in, you aren't going to be successful very long."
  • Ending Obamacare: "Obamacare is one of the greatest threats to our country's future and Gary will do everything he can to end it. Obamacare harms our economy, infringes on our personal freedoms, and throws our healthcare system into chaos. As a Congressman, Gary will fight to repeal, defund, and replace Obamacare - unlike Ann Kirkpatrick who was one of the deciding votes on Obamacare in 2010."
  • Defending Our 2nd Amendment Rights: "Gary is a longtime member of the NRA and proud gun-owner who will fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights from those who do not believe in the right to keep and bear arms. Gary does not believe that anti-gun politicians in New York and Washington who don't know the difference between a shotgun and an AR-15 should be telling the people of the 1st District what to do with their guns."


—Gary Kiehne's campaign website,



See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District election, 2016

Kiehne is running in the 2016 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 1st District. The general election will take place November 8, 2016.


See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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.[5][6][7]

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Tobin 35.8% 18,814
Gary Kiehne 35.1% 18,407
Adam Kwasman 29.1% 15,266
Total Votes 52,487
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."[8]

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."[9]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kiehne's reports.

**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Kiehne's committee owed $300,000 in outstanding loans to Gary Kiehne.


Kiehne has three children.[2]

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