|U.S. House, Arizona, District 2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||United States Air Force Academy|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
McSally unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2012, narrowly losing to Ron Barber in the general election. McSally also ran for election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Arizona in the special election primary on April 17, 2012.
McSally is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first to command a fighter squadron in combat in U.S. history. She retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 2010. McSally is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and earned a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She earned a second master's in strategic studies from the U.S. Air War College. Prior to her 2012 congressional run, McSally served as a Professor of National Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany.
McSally's campaign website listed the following four pillars of her campaign:
—Martha McSally's campaign website, https://mcsallyforcongress.com/3-pillars-campaign/
McSally's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Constructive Role of Federal Government
- Excerpt: "Year after year, the federal government has increased its reach into people’s lives, constraining our civil liberties and wasting the hard earned money of Americans. The Constitution is clear. Those powers not specifically given to the federal government belong to the states and the people."
- Real Jobs & Economic Opportunities
- Excerpt: "We have to reduce federal regulations, cut taxes, and stop Washington from choosing economic winners and losers based on who has the best lobbyists. We need to make the United States the most attractive place in the world to do business."
- Forward Thinking National Security
- Excerpt: "We face powerful and determined threats across the globe. I have spent my life defending America from these threats, and I’m not about to stop now. We have to be discerning of their intent and capabilities; we must be decisive about the course we take."
- Reduce Government Spending & Debt
- Excerpt: "A rising mountain of debt is hanging over each and every one of us. If we don’t rein in spending now and reduce our deficit, we risk the retirements of so many senior citizens who have worked and saved their entire lives, and the future of every generation to come. We have to get more bang for our tax buck. The wasteful, spending programs of recent years cannot continue."
- Excerpt: "I believe in the sanctity of every human life."
Arizona's 2nd Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the seat was held by a Democrat, but the district had roughly even numbers of registered Democrats and Republicans and was won by the Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012. Incumbent Ron Barber faced no challenger in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Martha McSally triumphed over Chuck Wooten and Shelley Kais. Barber and McSally faced off in the general election on November 4, 2014, in a rematch of the 2012 general election. With all the votes counted, Martha McSally leads incumbent Ron Barber. However, a mandatory recount will take place following the official canvass and certification of votes on December 1. Barber has not conceded the race, although it is unlikely that the recount will swing the race in Barber's favor. In 2012, Barber narrowly defeated McSally by 0.8 percent of the vote.
The National Republican Congressional Committee added McSally to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Ron Barber Incumbent||50%||109,543|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State (100% reporting) Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State|
McSally ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 2nd District. She defeated Mark Koskiniemi in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She lost to incumbent Ron Barber (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012 in a race that was too close to call for one week after the election took place.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ron Barber Incumbent||50.4%||147,338|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Martha McSally (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$20,380.37||$8,475.90||$(6,216.72)||$22,639.55|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$22,639.55||$15,002.15||$(7,037.66)||$30,604.04|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$30,604.04||$394,880.98||$(37,287.73)||$388,197.29|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$388,197||$322,585||$(162,807)||$547,974|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$547,974||$441,105||$(141,937)||$847,142|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$847,142||$653,357||$(343,459)||$1,157,040|
|Pre-Primary||August 14, 2014||$1,157,040||$382,732||$(530,096)||$1,009,677|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$1,009,677||$1,058,715||$(1,044,856)||$1,017,830|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$1,017,830||$394,644||$(587,124)||$825,101|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2, 2012 - Martha McSally Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$2,776,639|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$2,690,570|
|Top contributors to Martha McSally's campaign committee|
|RL Workman Homes||$15,000|
|Senate Majority Fund||$15,000|
|Value in Electing Women PAC||$12,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
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- Campaign website, "Meet Martha," accessed June 10, 2014
- Campaign website, "The 3 Pillars of My Campaign," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
- Politico, "2014 Arizona House Primaries Results," accessed August 27, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election," accessed July 16, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
- Political Party Time, "Luncheon for McSally Tobin Victory Committee," March 29, 2014
- Seattle PI "Voters in Arizona's 2nd pick Barber over McSally," November 17, 2012
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," August 28, 2012
- Associated Press, "Primary results," August 28, 2012
- Washington Post, "Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District pick Kelly as GOP candidate for Giffords' seat," April 18, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally Year-End," accessed February 7, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Martha McSally Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Martha McSally 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 19, 2013