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Linda Lopez, Arizona Senator

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Linda Lopez
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Arizona State Senate District 2
Former member
In office
2011-2014
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader
2013
Elections and appointments
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
2001-2008
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 10, 1948
Place of birthLogansport, IN
ProfessionCommunity Relations Coordinator
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Linda Lopez (b. September 10, 1948) is a former Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 2. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. On December 31, 2013, Lopez submitted her letter of resignation from the chamber, which took effect on January 13, 2014. Lopez cited the demands of her new position with the Easter Seals Blake Foundation in Tucson, which she took on in October 2013.[1]

In the 2013 session, Lopez served as Assistant Minority Leader, but stepped down on October 21, 2013 after accepting the job with the Easter Seals.[2] Lopez previously served as the senate's Minority Whip.

Lopez served as Representative/Assistant Minority Leader in the Arizona State House of Representatives from 2001-2008.

Biography

Lopez earned her B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Arizona in 1990. Her professional experience includes working as a Therapeutic Foster Parent at La Hacienda from 1978 to 1988, working as a Clinical Supervisor at La Frontera Center from 1991 to 2003, working as a Program Development Coordinator until 2006, and working as a Community Relations Coordinator for La Frontera Center since 2006.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services
Rules
K-12 School District Receivership Study

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

See Linda Lopez's official website for a list of sponsored legislation.

Scorecards

Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.[3]

2012

Lopez received a score of 42 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of D- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 13 more than her score on the 2011 report card. Lopez’s 42 in 2012 was tied for the 23rd highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Lopez won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 2. She ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Democratic primary and defeated Don Woolley (R, Write-in) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Arizona State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Lopez Incumbent 96.9% 39,590
     Republican Don Woolley 3.1% 1,263
Total Votes 40,853

2010

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Lopez won re-election to the 29th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]

2008

In 2008 Lopez was elected to the Arizona State Senate, District 29. She was unopposed and finished with 37,248 votes.[7] Lopez raised $25,482 for her campaign fund.

Arizona State Senate, District 29
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Lopez (D) 37,248

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lopez is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Lopez raised a total of $133,883 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[8]

Linda Lopez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 2 Won $25,670
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 29 Won $15,094
2008 Arizona State Senate, District 29 Won $25,482
2006 Arizona State House, District 29 Won $25,036
2004 Arizona State House, District 29 Won $16,070
2002 Arizona State House, District 29 Won $8,020
2000 Arizona State House, District 10 Won $18,511
Grand Total Raised $133,883

2012

Lopez won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $25,670.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Linda Lopez, Arizona Senator's campaign in 2012
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona$924
Arizona Education Association$750
Arizona Medical Association$700
Arizona Association of Realtors$650
United Pima Fire Fighters$430
Total Raised in 2012$25,670
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Lopez won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $15,094.

2008

Lopez won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $25,482.

2006

Lopez won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $25,036.

2004

Lopez won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $16,070.

2002

Lopez won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $8,020.

2000

Lopez won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $18,511.

Personal

Lopez has three children.

Controversies

Fiesta Bowl scandal

Lopez is one of 29 Arizona legislators (20 Republicans and 9 Democrats) who accepted illegal gifts from the Fiesta Bowl in the form of all-expense paid trips and free football tickets. She ranks second in the amount received, $16,847, over five trips in five years.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jack C. Jackson, Jr. (D)
Arizona State Senate District 2
2013-2014
Succeeded by
Andrea Dalessandro (D)
Preceded by
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Arizona State Senate District 29
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Steve Gallardo (D)

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