Judy Burges

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Judy Burges
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Arizona State Senate District 22
Incumbent
In office
2012-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
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 House of Representatives
2005-2012
Education
High school2012
Associate'sYavapai College, 1984
Bachelor'sUniversity of Phoenix, 1993
Master'sUniversity of Phoenix, 1996
Personal
BirthdayJuly 21, 1943
Place of birthLa Junta, Colorado
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Judy Burges (b. July 21, 1943) is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 22. She was first appointed to the chamber on January 23, 2012.

Burges served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 4 from 2005 until January 2012.

Biography

Burges' professional experience includes working as an Account Clerk with the Yavapai County Government from 1984-1996 and Budget Coordinator with the Cyprus Begdad Copper Company from 1976-1981.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Government and Environment, Vice Chair
Health and Human Services
Transportation
Audit

2011-2012 (Senate)

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Burges served on the following committees while a member of the Arizona State Senate:

2011-2012 (House)

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Burges served on these committees while a member of the Arizona House of Representatives:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Burges served on these committees:

Issues

Burges's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2068 - schools; parental educational choice grants
  • HB 2127 - legislators; voting required; salary loss
  • HB 2130 - campaign finance reports; penalty
  • HB 2426 - enhanced driver licenses; prohibition

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Judy Burges 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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,"[1] 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.[4]

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. Archangel Muscato was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Judy Burges was unopposed in the Republican primary. Muscato will face Burges in the general election.[5][6][7]

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Burges won election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 22. She ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Arizona State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy M. Burges Incumbent 100% 72,211
Total Votes 72,211

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Burges won re-election to the 4th District seat in 2010. She and Jack Harper won the August 24 primary election. They then defeated Democrat Karina Guerrero in the November 2 general election.[10][11]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Judy Burges (R) 60,124
Green check mark transparent.png Jack Harper (R) 56,422
Karina Guerrero (D) 32,134
Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Judy Burges (R) 22,565
Green check mark transparent.png Jack Harper (R) 21,437
Tim Zobel (R) 5,546
Eric Sheats (R) 5,080

2008

On November 4, 2008, Burges and Tom Boone were elected to the 4th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents Sue Dolphin (D) and Paula S. Forster (D).[12]

Burges raised $35,371 for the campaign, Boone raised $38,171, Dolphin raised $35,401, and Forster raised $35,134.[13]

Arizona State House, District 4 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Boone (R) 69,590
Green check mark transparent.png Judy Burges (R) 70,071
Sue Dolphin (D) 42,283
Paula S. Forster (D) 39,118

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Burges is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Burges raised a total of $185,081 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[14]

Judy Burges's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 22 Won $7,526
2010 Arizona State House, District 4 Won $39,398
2008 Arizona State House, District 4 Won $35,371
2006 Arizona State House, District 4 Won $32,190
2004 Arizona State House, District 4 Won $53,806
2002 Arizona State House, District 4 Defeated $16,790
Grand Total Raised $185,081

2012

Burges won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Burges raised a total of $7,526.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Judy Burges's campaign in 2012
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,000
Pinnacle West$1,000
Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants$424
Freeport-Mcmoran Copper & Gold$424
Fennemore Craig$200
Total Raised in 2012$7,526
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Burges won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Burges raised a total of $39,398.

2008

Burges won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Burges raised a total of $35,371.

2006

Burges won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Burges raised a total of $32,190.

2004

Burges won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Burges raised a total of $53,806.

2002

Burges lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Burges raised a total of $16,790.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[15]

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.[15]

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

Burges and her husband, Robert, have three children.

She is a board member of the Skull Valley Historical Society, and previously served as Treasurer of the Citizen's Tax Committee, Board Member of Habitat for Humanity and Board Member of State Safety Program.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andy Biggs (R)
Arizona State Senate District 22
2013–Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Scott Bundgaard
Arizona State Senate District 4
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Lynne Pancrazi (D)
Preceded by
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Arizona State House District 4
2005–2012
Succeeded by
Phil Lovas