John Huppenthal

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John Huppenthal
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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Former officeholder
In office
January 3, 2011 - January 5, 2015
PredecessorTom Horne (R)
Base salary$85,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$554,367
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State Senate
1992-2000, 2005-2010
Arizona House of Representatives
Chandler City Council
Bachelor'sNorth Arizona University
Master'sArizona State University
Date of birthMarch 3, 1954
Office website
John Huppenthal (b. March 3, 1954) was the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2011 to 2015. He was elected superintendent in the general election on November 2, 2010. Huppenthal was sworn into office on January 3, 2011, for a four-year term that expired on January 5, 2015. He first came up for election in November 2014, and ran unsuccessfully for a second term.

Huppenthal lost his renomination bid to challenger Diane Douglas in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014. Douglas went on to win the general election and succeeded Huppenthal as superintendent the following January.[1]

Prior becoming superintendent, Huppehthal served as a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing the 20th District. He was elected in 1992 and subsequently in 1994, 1996 and 1998. After a brief stint out of office, he reclaimed his former seat in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2008.[2]


After earning his degrees, Huppenthal worked as a Senior Planning Analyst for the Salt River Project.

He holds a B.S. in engineering from North Arizona University and an M.S. in business administration from Arizona State University.[2]


  • B.S., engineering - North Arizona University
  • M.S., business administration - Arizona State University

Political career

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction (2011-2015)

Huppenthal was first elected on November 2, 2010, and took office on January 3, 2011. He lost his bid for re-election in 2014, and was succeeded in the position by Diane Douglas upon completing his first and only term on January 5, 2015.

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Huppenthal endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Arizona State Senate (2005–2010)

Huppenthal was again re-elected to the state senate in 2004, 2006 and 2008. He represented the 20th District.[2][4]

Committee assignments

Huppenthal served on the following committees:

See John Huppenthal's official website for a list of sponsored legislation.

Arizona House of Representatives (2000–2004)

He served as a representative to the Arizona State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004.[4]

Arizona State Senate (1992–2000)

Huppenthal served a state senator from District 6. He was elected in 1992 and subsequently in 1994, 1996 and 1998.

Chandler City Council (1984–1992)

Huppenthal began his political career by serving as a member of the city council for the City of Chandler from 1984 to 1992.



See also: Arizona down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Huppenthal ran for re-election as the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.[5] He failed to secure the Republican nomination in the August 26 primary, losing to challenger Diane Douglas. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Primary election - August 26, 2014

Arizona Superintendent of Public instruction, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Douglas 58.4% 290,719
John Huppenthal Incumbent 41.6% 206,744
Total Votes 497,463
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.


Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican Primary
Poll Diane Douglas John Huppenthal*UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
AVERAGES 35.33% 28% 37% +/-3.82 698.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


Huppenthal was eligible to run for re-election for the Arizona State Senate, but decided to run for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction instead. Huppenthal won election on November 2, 2010 and took office on January 3, 2011.[6]

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Huppenthal 55.3% 917,760
     Democratic Penny Kotterman 44.7% 740,993
Total Votes 1,658,753
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State


In 2008 Huppenthal was re-elected to Arizona State Senate District 20. He finished with 44,245 votes while his opponent Ted Maish finished with 34,426.[7] Huppenthal raised $72,482 for his campaign fund.

Arizona State Senate, District 20
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Huppenthal (R) 44,245
Ted Maish 34,426

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for John Huppenthal is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, John Huppenthal raised a total of $554,366 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 5, 2013.[8]

John Huppenthal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $350
2010 Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $254,273
2008 Arizona State Senate District 20 Won $72,482
2006 Arizona State Senate District 20 Won $32,963
2004 Arizona State Senate District 20 Won $64,060
2002 Arizona State House District 20 Won $32,854
2000 Arizona State House District 6 Won $32,394
1998 Arizona State Senate District 6 Won $34,132
1996 Arizona State Senate District 6 Won $30,858
Grand Total Raised $554,366

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John and his wife Jennifer have two children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Horne (R)
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Succeeded by
Diane Douglas (R)
Preceded by
Arizona State Senate District 20
Succeeded by
John McComish (R)