P. Ben Arredondo

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P. Ben Arredondo
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Arizona House of Representatives District 17
Former member
In office
January 10, 2011-October 5, 2012
Term ends
January 10, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Master'sArizona State University
Place of birthMesa, AZ
ProfessionFormer Teacher
P. Ben Arredondo is a former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives. He represented the 17th District from January 10, 2011, until his resignation on October 5, 2012. He served on the Tempe Elementary School Board and Tempe City Council.


Arredondo earned his B.S. in Elementary Education/Physical Education and his M.A. in Health/Community Safety from Arizona State University. His professional experience includes working as a teacher, football coach and wrestling coach at Mesa High School.

Committee assignments


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



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Arredondo and incumbent Ed Ableser were unopposed in the August 24 primary. They defeated Republicans Donald Hawker and Steve May, Libertarians Cristian Dumitrescu and Damian Trabel, and Green Party candidate Gregor Knauer in the November 2 general election.[1]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 17 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png P. Ben Arredondo (D) 22,458
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Ableser (D) 21,153
Donald Hawker (R) 14,277
Steve May (R) 14,048
Damian Trabel (L) 1,638
Cristian Dumitrescu (L) 1,429
Gregor Knauer (G) 1,260

Campaign donors


In 2010, Arredondo raised $41,714 in contributions.[2]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees $1,000
Arizona Education Association $1,000


Fiesta Bowl scandal

Arredondo is one of 29 Arizona legislators (20 Republicans and 9 Democrats) who accepted illegal gifts from the Fiesta Bowl in the form of all-expense paid trips and free football tickets. He ranks fourth in the amount received, $13,678, with over $11,000 in tickets to various bowl games.[3]

Federal indictment charges

On May 16, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment against Arredondo, charging him with bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and making false statements. According to the indictment, between February 2009 and November 2010, Arredondo accepted and solicited things of value from undercover FBI agents posing as representatives for a company seeking to acquire property owned by the city of Tempe for real estate development. The charges allege Arredondo received over $6,000 in tickets for sporting and other events, in exchange for which he agreed to use his power as a Tempe City Councilman and member of the Arizona House of Representatives to help them acquire the property.[4]


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.[5]


Arredondo received a score of 37 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of F+ according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 12 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Arredondo’s X in 2012 was tied for the 56th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[5]


Arredondo has a wife, Ruthann.

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Preceded by
David Schapira
Arizona House, District 17
Succeeded by