|Arizona House of Representatives District 23|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||Arizona State University, 2004|
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.
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:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Government, Vice Chair|
Ugenti's campaign website highlights the following campaign themes:
- 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."
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.
Ugenti received a score of 65 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was the same as her score on the 2011 report card. Ugenti’s 65 in 2012 was tied for the 16th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
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.
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.
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 August 28, 2012, Republican primary. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 23, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John Kavanagh Incumbent||50.6%||68,527|
|Republican||Michele Ugenti Incumbent||49.4%||66,827|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 23 Republican Primary, 2012|
|John Kavanagh Incumbent||41.3%||20,922|
|Michelle Ugenti Incumbent||35.7%||18,106|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 General Election (2010)|
|John Kavanagh (R)||42,867|
|Michelle Ugenti (R)||38,055|
|John Kriekard (D)||28,084|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 Republican Primary (2010)|
|John Kavanagh (R)||17,256|
|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|
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.
|Michelle Ugenti's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 23||$47,451|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 23||$38,888|
|Grand Total Raised||$86,339|
2012Ugenti 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|
|Salt River Project||$900|
|Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association||$500|
|Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$458|
|Total Raised in 2012||$47,451|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Ugenti won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ugenti raised a total of $38,888.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Michelle Ugenti's campaign in 2010|
|Rosati, Nicholas J||$140|
|Total Raised in 2010||$38,888|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Ugenti and her husband, Frank, have two children.
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- Michele Ugenti's campaign website
- House website
- Project Vote Smart Biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 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
- ↑ Primary results
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ followthemoney.org, "Ugenti, Michelle," accessed May 23, 2013