Nancy K. Barto

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Nancy K. Barto
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Arizona State Senate District 15
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
High schoolArcadia High School
Place of birthChicago, IL
Office website
Campaign website
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Nancy K. Barto is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 15. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Barto served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 7 February 2006 to 2011.


Barto's professional experience includes working as a homemaker and public policy advocate.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections, Vice Chair
Health and Human Services


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


Campaign themes


Barto's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Building A Strong Economy

  • Excerpt: "Low tax and regulatory environments attract business investment, creating robust job growth and stable state revenues. Nancy will continue to promote such policies, supporting a prosperous economic future for Arizona."

Education Excellence

  • Excerpt: "Keep teachers and parents in control of their school standards and curricula. Common Core is not the answer."

Affordable Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Protecting consumer choice and enabling a free market in health care must be the focus. Visualize the effects of Obamacare."

Protecting Life

  • Excerpt: "When government undermines the right to life – it is only a matter of time before other unalienable Rights are undermined and destroyed."

Protecting Marriage & Religious Liberty

  • Excerpt: "Government promotion of unions other than the traditional definition of marriage undermines the unique roles of men and women within the family."

Campaign themes


Barto's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Building a strong economy
Excerpt: "Low tax environments facilitate a healthy economy. Businesses are attracted to them and families keep and invest more of their hard-earned money. As a result, revenues increase and government is able to fulfill its core obligations to the public."
  • Education excellence
Excerpt: "The dynamic and competitive workplace our children face tomorrow demands bold education reforms now. The status quo is no longer acceptable because the future won’t wait."
  • Protecting life
Excerpt: "An outspoken advocate for the right to life, Nancy is committed to protecting the most vulnerable at every stage of life."
  • Protecting marriage
Excerpt: "Government promotion of unions other than the traditional definition of marriage undermines the unique roles of men and women within the family."
  • Securing our borders
Excerpt: "The Federal government has failed us by not securing our borders and addressing both the causes of illegal immigration and its effects upon our state. Nancy believes our government has a moral obligation to the citizens of Arizona to solve this problem. "

Barto's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2150 - animals; fighting.
  • HB 2279 - state debt; expenditures; report
  • HB 2400 - partial-birth abortions; definition
  • HB 2426 - enhanced driver licenses; prohibition

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Nancy K. Barto 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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,"[4] 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.[7]

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 State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbent Nancy K. Barto defeated David Ryan in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[8][9]


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Barto won election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 15. She ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]


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.[12]


Barto received a score of 67 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B+ according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 4 more than her score on the 2011 report card. Barto’s 67 in 2012 was the 10th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.[12]

Arizona State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Barto Incumbent 73.1% 58,213
     Libertarian Dennis Grenier 26.9% 21,384
Total Votes 79,597


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Barto was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. She instead ran for the district 7 seat in the Alabama State Senate. She won the August 24 primary and defeated Democrat Eric Shelley in the November 2 general election.[13][14]

Arizona State Senate, District 7 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Barto (R) 41,849
Eric Shelley (D) 20,441
Arizona State Senate, District 7 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy K. Barto (R) 9,795
Ray Barnes (R) 6,985
Bob Green (R) 3,015
Brad Buch (R) 1,401


On November 4, 2008, Barto and Ray Barnes were elected to the 7th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents Jeanne Lunn (D) and James Iannuzo (Lib).[15]

Barto raised $34,730 for the campaign, Barnes raised $24,372, Lunn raised $38,094, and Iannuzo raised $401.[16]

Arizona State House, District 7 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ray Barnes (R) 40,471
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Barto (R) 46,854
Jeanne Lunn (D) 31,753
James Iannuzo (Lib) 8,966

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barto is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Barto raised a total of $178,323 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[17]

Nancy K. Barto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 15 Won $41,855
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 7 Won $53,658
2008 Arizona State House, District 7 Won $34,730
2006 Arizona State House, District 7 Won $48,080
Grand Total Raised $178,323


Barto won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Barto raised a total of $41,855.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nancy K. Barto's campaign in 2012
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$1,736
Arizona Podiatric Medical Association$824
Salt River Project$800
Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association$800
Pinnacle West$500
Total Raised in 2012$41,855
Source:Follow the Money


Barto won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Barto raised a total of $53,658.


Barto won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Barto raised a total of $34,730.


Barto won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Barto raised a total of $48,080.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Arizona scorecards, email suggestions to

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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[18]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[18]



In 2014, Barto's endorsements include the following:[19]

  • Arizona Technology Council
  • Arizona Right to Life
  • Arizona Multi-Housing Association
  • Arizona Realtors Association


Barto and her husband, Joseph, have three children.

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  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 7, 2014
  2., "My Priorities," accessed July 28, 2014
  3., "Issues," accessed April 7, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
  5. Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Address," January 14, 2013
  6. AZ, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
  7. Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
  8. Arizona Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary election results," accessed August 27, 2014
  9. Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election," May 28, 2014
  10. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
  11. C-SPAN/Associated Press, "August 28, 2012 Primary Results - Arizona," accessed August 28, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Goldwater Institute, "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
  13. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
  14. Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  15. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 7, 2014
  16. Follow The Money, "Arizona House spending, 2008," accessed April 7, 2014
  17., "Barto, Nancy," accessed May 22, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
  19., "Business groups give Barto high marks," accessed July 28, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
David M. Lujan (D)
Arizona State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ed Bunch
Arizona State Senate District 7
Succeeded by
Jack C. Jackson, Jr. (D)
Preceded by
Arizona State House District 7
Succeeded by
Heather Carter