Martha McSally

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Martha McSally
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 2
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUnited States Air Force Academy
Master'sHarvard University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Campaign website
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Martha McSally is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Arizona. She 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.[1]


Campaign themes


McSally's campaign website lists the following three pillars of her campaign:[2]

  • Economy: "Families in our community are barely getting by, small businesses are struggling to survive, and Davis-Monthan is at risk of closing. Ron Barber favors job-killing policies that hurt middle class families and he was asleep at the wheel on the risk to DM until I alerted him in an August 27th op-ed. We need a representative in Congress who is going to champion solutions and policies that bring economic growth to Southern Arizona."
  • Leadership: "Washington is broken. People are rightfully fed up with politicians and incumbents. We need servant leadership more than ever, focused on what is best for the country and community, instead of worrying about their next election. I am ready to bring to Congress the core values I learned in the Air Force; service, excellence, and integrity. It’s time for a fresh face with a proven record of leadership to solve the challenges we face."
  • Government Overreach: "So many people in Southern Arizona have been hurt by Obamacare-the government takeover of 1/6 of the economy, and Ron Barber supports it. We need common sense solutions to bring down the cost of healthcare so it is more affordable and available, not social engineering founded on mandates, taxes, and penalties."


—Martha McSally's campaign website,


McSally's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • 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."
  • Life
Excerpt: "I believe in the sanctity of every human life."



See also: Arizona's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

McSally is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 2nd District. McSally is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. If she wins the primary, she will face incumbent Ron Barber (D) in a rematch of their 2012 battle, which she lost by under 1 percent.

The National Republican Congressional Committee added McSally to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[5]


On March 29, 2014, Speaker John Boehner headlined a fundraiser for Martha McSally and Andy Tobin (AZ-01).[6]


Regular election

See also: Arizona's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[7][8][9]

U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Barber Incumbent 50.4% 147,338
     Republican Martha McSally 49.6% 144,884
     Libertarian Anthony Powell 0% 57
Total Votes 292,279
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Special election

See also: Arizona's 8th Congressional District special election, 2012

McSally ran in the 2012 special election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 8th District. She lost to Jesse Kelly in the April 17 Republican primary.[10]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McSally's reports.

Martha McSally (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$20,380.37$8,475.90$(6,216.72)$22,639.55
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$22,639.55$15,002.15$(7,037.66)$30,604.04
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$30,604.04$394,880.98$(37,287.73)$388,197.29
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$388,197$322,585$(162,807)$547,974
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$547,974$441,105$(141,937)$847,142
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2014$847,142$653,357$(343,459)$1,157,040
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of McSally's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

McSally did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, McSally's campaign committee raised a total of $1,458,136 and spent $1,438,090.[17]

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