|Arizona State Senate District 5|
|January 7, 2013-Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Bachelor's||Duke University, 1991|
|Other||DO, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, 1996|
|Birthday||January 25, 1969|
|Place of birth||Fairmont, WV|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ward served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Government and Environment|
|• Health and Human Services, Vice Chair|
Ward's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Jobs & Economy
- Excerpt: "Dr. Kelli Ward believes in personal responsibility, limited government intervention in the day to day lives of our citizens and lower taxes in order to stimulate economic growth and job creation."
- Excerpt: "Education is a large part of Dr. Ward's world. As a mom with three kids still in school, assuring quality education is at the forefront of her goals. "
- Faith and Family
- Excerpt: "Dr. Ward believes that reliance on conservative principles and values strengthen families and our state."
- Health Care
- Excerpt: "Dr. Ward has medical and administrative expertise - assuring that programs and budget issues are addressed in the appropriate manner in the AZ Senate"
- Excerpt: "Dr. Ward believes in legal immigration and a secure border. She also believes that states have the right to protect themselves if the Federal government will not."
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Kelli Ward 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.
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. 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.
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," 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.
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, hope to have expansion shut down before it officially goes live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.
- See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012
Ward won election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 5. She defeated Nancy McLain and Sam Scarmardo in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012|
|Arizona State Senate, District 5 Republican Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Ward is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ward raised a total of $163,047 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Kelli Ward's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State Senate, District 5||$163,047|
|Grand Total Raised||$163,047|
2012Ward won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ward raised a total of $163,047.
|Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kelli Ward's campaign in 2012|
|Arizona Association Of Realtors||$1,736|
|Arizona Medical Association||$700|
|Total Raised in 2012||$163,047|
|Source:Follow the Money|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Kelli + Ward + Arizona + Senate"
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- State Sen. Ward elected president of Western legislators' group - Today's News-Herald
- Prosecution of voter fraud rare - Mohave Valley News
- County calls for restoration of funding - Parker Pioneer
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- ↑ Campaign website
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- ↑ Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- ↑ AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- ↑ Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State - Primary candidate list
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ followthemoney.org, "Ward, Kelli," accessed May 22, 2013
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