Justin Olson

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Justin Olson
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Arizona House of Representatives District 25
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
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
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Office website
Campaign website
Justin Olson is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Olson earned his B.S. from Arizona State University. His professional experience includes working as congressional aid for the office of Congressman Trent Franks of the United States House of Representatives and as a senior research analyst for the Arizona Tax Research Association.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice Chair
Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Olson served on these committees:


Presidential preference


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

Justin Olson endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Justin Olson 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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,"[2] 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.[5]

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.



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. David Butler and Sheila Ogea are unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Justin Olson will face Russell Bowers, Haydee Dawson, Michelle Udall and Jerry Walker in the Republican primary. Michael Kielsky is running as a Libertarian.[6]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Olson won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 25. He and incumbent Justin Pierce ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Pierce Incumbent 39.2% 50,017
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJustin D. Olson Incumbent 37.9% 48,335
     Democratic David Butler 22.9% 29,169
Total Votes 127,521


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Olson and incumbent Kirk Adams defeated Scott Perkinson in the August 24 primary. They then defeated Democrat Kit Filbey in the November 2 general election.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 19 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kirk Adams (R) 33,972
Green check mark transparent.png Justin Olson (R) 31,513
Kit Filbey (D) 19,866
Arizona House of Representatives, District 19 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Justin Olson (R) 10,783
Green check mark transparent.png Kirk Adams (R) 10,722
Scott Perkinson (R) 8,646

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Olson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Olson raised a total of $56,192 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[11]

Justin Olson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 25 Won $31,817
2010 Arizona State House, District 19 Won $24,375
Grand Total Raised $56,192


Olson won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $31,817.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Justin Olson's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West Capital$1,736
Cox Communications$1,000
Salt River Valley Water Users Association$900
Arizona Association Of Realtors$800
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$500
Total Raised in 2012$31,817
Source:Follow the Money


Olson won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $24,375.


In 2010, Franks' endorsements included the following: Trent Franks, U.S. Congressman (R-AZ) "Justin is the right choice. His conservative credentials are tried and true. Justin’s views are documented by an extensive record of public statements and published research. Justin will protect your tax dollars. He will be a voice for fiscal responsibility. He will support pro-growth policies that will strengthen our economy. The Democrats in Washington have launched a full-scale assault on the limited-government principles that have made our nation great. We must elect experienced conservatives like Justin to our state legislature to defend the state's rights and protect our freedoms."

Chuck Gray, State Senator "Justin is exceptionally well prepared to serve in the Legislature. Justin has spent years on the front lines defending the citizens of Arizona against government intrusion and excessive taxes. He is an expert on public finance and the state budget. With the state’s ongoing structural deficit as the major crisis of our day, legislators with Justin’s knowledge and experience are needed now more than ever! Please join me in voting for Justin on Election Day."

Rusty Bowers, Former State Legislator "Justin has my full support and confidence. Voters deserve a principled leader of his caliber. Justin is trustworthy, honest, and well-respected. He has the character and experience to make a real difference in state politics. Mesa will be well-served with Justin in the Legislature."

Russell Pearce, State Senator "I have worked with Justin at the Capitol and have admired his personal conviction for limited government, the rule of law and his love of this Republic. We need those that are vigilant in the defense of liberty, our Constitutional Republic and our Founding principles. I completely and without hesitation support Justin Olson. If you are a taxpayer and you want a friend at the capitol, vote for Justin"

Laurin Hendrix, State Representative

Sylvia Allen, State Senator

Linda Gray, State Senator

Judy Burges, State Representative

Janie Thom, Former Mesa City Councilwoman, CAWCD Board Member

Stan Turley, Former State Legislator

Pat Oldroyd, LD19 Republican Chair

Chuck Daggs, Former LD19 Republican Chairman

Deborrah Miller, LD19 Republican State Committeewoman

Dan Grimm, LD19 Republican 2nd Vice Chairman

Bill Whitehead, LD19 Republican 3rd Vice Chairman

Brandon Trichel, LD19 Republican 3rd Vice Chairman and State Committeeman

Shane Wikfors, Founder of www.sonoranalliance.com and LD19 Republican Precinct Committeeman

Jerry Walker Committee, Arizona House of Representatives]] of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board

Verna Nichols, LD19 Republican Precinct Committeeman


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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[12]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[12]


Olson and his wife, Karyn, have four children.

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