Michelle Ugenti

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Michelle Ugenti
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Arizona House of Representatives District 23
In office
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
Bachelor'sArizona State University, 2004
ProfessionInternational Realty
Office website
Campaign website
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Michelle Ugenti is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 23. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Ugenti earned her degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 2004. Her professional experience includes working as a real estate agent for Marcus & Millichap and Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Government, Chair


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


Campaign themes


Ugenti's campaign website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Immigration and Border Control
Excerpt: "I have a huge respect for the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic community in Arizona and all they have done to help build our state and America. Mexico is our neighbor and ally, not our enemy, and all American’s, not just Arizonan’s, must nurture and help grow our relationship to the best of our ability."
  • Budget and Economy
Excerpt: "Unlike some of the other issues, the economic discussion cannot be restricted to Arizona, because what happens virtually anywhere in the world has the potential to affect us here."
  • State’s Rights
Excerpt: "Article II, Section II of the Arizona constitution says “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.” I completely support this concept."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Michelle Ugenti 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 take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbent Michelle Ugenti faced Effie Carlson, Jay Lawrence and Bob Littlefield in the Republican primary.[6]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ugenti won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 23. She and incumbent John Kavanagh defeated Jennifer Petersen in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kavanagh Incumbent 50.6% 68,527
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Ugenti Incumbent 49.4% 66,827
Total Votes 135,354
Arizona House of Representatives, District 23 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kavanagh Incumbent 41.3% 20,922
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Ugenti Incumbent 35.7% 18,106
Jennifer Petersen 23% 11,672
Total Votes 50,700


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ugenti and incumbent John Kavanagh won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Democrat John Kriekard in the November 2 general election.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Kavanagh (R) 42,867
Green check mark transparent.png Michelle Ugenti (R) 38,055
John Kriekard (D) 28,084
Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Kavanagh (R) 17,256
Green check mark transparent.png Michelle Ugenti (R) 9,146
Michael Blaire (R) 5,680
Paula Pennypacker (R) 5,657
Ray Mahoubi (R) 2,582
Eric Ulis (R) 2,570

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ugenti is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ugenti raised a total of $86,339 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[11]

Michelle Ugenti's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 23 Won $47,451
2010 Arizona State House, District 23 Won $38,888
Grand Total Raised $86,339


Ugenti won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ugenti raised a total of $47,451.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michelle Ugenti's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,736
Salt River Project$900
Cox Communications$500
Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association$500
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$458
Total Raised in 2012$47,451
Source:Follow the Money


Ugenti won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ugenti raised a total of $38,888.


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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]


Ugenti and her husband, Frank, have two children.

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