|Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|January 3, 2011 - January 5, 2015|
|Predecessor||Tom Horne (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|Arizona State Senate|
|Arizona House of Representatives|
|Chandler City Council|
|Bachelor's||North Arizona University|
|Master's||Arizona State University|
|Date of birth||March 3, 1954|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction (2011-2015)
- 2.2 Arizona State Senate (2005–2010)
- 2.3 Arizona House of Representatives (2000–2004)
- 2.4 Arizona State Senate (1992–2000)
- 2.5 Chandler City Council (1984–1992)
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
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.
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.
- B.S., engineering - North Arizona University
- M.S., business administration - Arizona State University
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.
Arizona State Senate (2005–2010)
Huppenthal served on the following committees:
- Education Accountability and Reform Committee, Arizona Senate Chairperson
- Judiciary Committee, Arizona Senate Vice Chairperson
- Retirement and Rural Development Committee, Arizona Senate
- K-12 School District Receivership Study Committee, Arizona State Legislature
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.
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.
Huppenthal ran for re-election as the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. 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|
|John Huppenthal Incumbent||41.6%||206,744|
|Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.|
|Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican Primary|
|Poll||Diane Douglas||John Huppenthal*||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
July 9-10, 2014
July 14, 2014
August 19-20, 2014
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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.
|Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2010|
|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. Huppenthal raised $72,482 for his campaign fund.
|Arizona State Senate, District 20|
|John Huppenthal (R)||44,245|
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.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of John Huppenthal's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|John Huppenthal's Campaign Contributions|
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Arizona State Senate
Arizona State Senate
Arizona State Senate
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$226,830 (Dem.)||$49,052 (Dem.)||$30,855 (Dem.)||$0 (Lib.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Public Fund||$229,679||Public Fund||$69,252||Public Fund||$29,863||Public Fund||$61,260|
|William Andrew McClelland||$280||Deidre J. Mangum||$130||Courtney Levinus||$120||Robert Anderson||$110|
|David Jerman||$280||Wendy G. Briggs||$130||John Van Devier||$120||Michelle A. Ahlmer||$110|
|John Frank Huppenthal||$254||Mike Gardner||$130||Jaime Molera||$120||Jeffery A. Sandquist||$110|
|Larkin Hicks||$200||15 additional donors||$130||16+ additional donors||$120||15 additional donors||$110|
John and his wife Jennifer have two children.
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- Arizona down ballot state executive elections, 2014
- Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Arizona school districts
- Arizona Department of Education
- Official Arizona State Senate website of Senator John Huppenthal
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000, 1998, 1996
- Biography from Arizona Department of Education
- Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction website
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Election Night Results," accessed August 27, 2014
- Arizona Department of Education, "Biography," accessed September 18, 2012
- Rick Santorum for President, "Arizona Superintendent Of Public Instruction Endorses Santorum For President," February 26, 2012
- Arizona State Legislature, "Biography," accessed September 19, 2012
- Huppenthal 2014, Campaign website," accessed January 17
- Superintendent John Huppenthal Facebook Page, "Info," accessed January 17, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 7, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for John Huppenthal," accessed July 5, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Tom Horne (R)
|Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
| Succeeded by|
Diane Douglas (R)
|Arizona State Senate District 20
| Succeeded by|
John McComish (R)
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