Karen Fann

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Karen Fann
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Arizona House of Representatives District 1
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
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
Prior offices
Mayor, Chino Valley
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Karen Fann is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 1. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Fann's professional experience includes serving on the Prescott City Council, Chino Valley Mayor and owning a small business.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Water
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Vice Chair
Transportation, Chair
Transportation between Sonora, Mexico and Arizona
Water Salinity Issues Study


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


Campaign themes


Fann's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Arizona's Water Situation
Excerpt: "Even though much of our landscape includes desert, Arizona is also an agricultural state. That industry generates $9.2 billion to the State’s economy, so it is essential that we ensure ample water supplies to our rural and urban areas."
  • Jobs For Arizonans
Excerpt: "I’m proud that I sponsored HB2368 and HB2519. Both bills were supported by the NFIB and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and its nearly 3000 members. HB2368 is a workers’ compensation omnibus bill. It creates a more stable average monthly wage index calculation;"
  • Arizona Budget
Excerpt: "We faced a very hard task the last two years, but we can proudly say the State budget and finances are close to being sustainable. This is good news. State revenues are picking up, but there is still much to do. With your support of voting me back to the House, I will continue to be fiscally conservative so the financial future of this fine State’s vitality continues to prosper."
  • Healthcare in Arizona
Excerpt: "The health and well being of the citizens of Arizona is vital for a prosperous community. Choosing your own doctor and health care professionals is also important as a free citizen of the United States. When your freedoms are compromised, I feel that I’m the person that will listen and be a strong voice for you."
  • Arizona and Immigration
Excerpt: "The cost of illegal immigration to Arizona is staggering - with the current estimate at more than $3 billion dollars. Those who’ve slipped across U.S. borders to reside in Arizona illegally weigh heavily on our health care, educational and prison systems - in addition to taking jobs now urgently needed by Arizona’s legal residents."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Karen Fann 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. Frank Cuccia is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Karen Fann will face Noel Campbell, Sean Englund and Linda Gray in the Republican primary.[6]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Fann won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 1. She and incumbent Andy Tobin defeated State Senator Lori Klein in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District , General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Fann Incumbent 50.6% 62,379
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Tobin Incumbent 49.4% 60,800
Total Votes 123,179
Arizona House of Representatives, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Tobin Incumbent 41% 22,167
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Fann Incumbent 33.5% 18,142
Lori Klein 25.5% 13,781
Total Votes 54,090


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Fann and Andy Tobin won the Republican primary. They then defeated Democrat Lindsay Bell in the November 2 general election.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Tobin (R) 46,401
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Fann (R) 41,082
Lindsay Bell (D) 29,214
Arizona House of Representatives, District 1 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Tobin (R) 21,407
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Fann (R) 14,409
Noel Campbell (R) 12,895

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fann is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Fann raised a total of $121,448 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[11]

Karen Fann's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 1 Won $46,672
2010 Arizona State House, District 1 Won $74,776
Grand Total Raised $121,448


Fann won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Fann raised a total of $46,672.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Fann's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West Capital$1,736
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$1,000
Salt River Project$900
Arizona Optometric Association$824
Arizona Association of Realtors$736
Total Raised in 2012$46,672
Source:Follow the Money


Fann won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Fann raised a total of $74,776.


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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]


Fann has a husband, Jim McKown.

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