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Nancy K. Barto

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Nancy K. Barto
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Arizona State Senate District 15
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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
Education
High schoolArcadia High School
Personal
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionHomemaker
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
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.

Biography

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

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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
Judiciary

2011-2012

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

Issues

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.[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, 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.

Campaign themes

Barto's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • 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. "[6]

Elections

2012

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.[7][8]

Scorecards

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.[9]

2012

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.[9]

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

2010

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.[10][11]

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

2008

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).[12]

Barto raised $34,730 for the campaign, Barnes raised $24,372, Lunn raised $38,094, and Iannuzo raised $401.[13]

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.[14]

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

2012

Barto won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Barto raised a total of $41,855.

2010

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

2008

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

2006

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

Personal

Barto and her husband, Joseph, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David M. Lujan (D)
Arizona State Senate District 15
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Ed Bunch
Arizona State Senate District 7
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Jack C. Jackson, Jr. (D)
Preceded by
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Arizona State House District 7
2006–2011
Succeeded by
Heather Carter