Paul Boyer

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Paul Boyer
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Arizona House of Representatives District 20
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
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 limitsN/A
Bachelor'sArizona State University West
Master'sArizona State University West
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Campaign website
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Paul Boyer is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Health, Vice Chair


Campaign themes


Boyer's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "Tax revenues follow economic growth, not higher tax rates. Therefore, the quickest way to encourage economic growth is to make our tax code competitive, lessen regulations and make the cost of doing business as low and predictable as possible for our business owners."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I wholeheartedly believe in school choice whether it is public or private. Each student’s needs and interests are unique. Parents deserve the right to choose the best education for their children that helps the student to thrive academically."
  • Life
Excerpt: " I am strongly pro life."
  • Protecting Marriage
Excerpt: " I believe that marriage is the union between one man and one woman and government has an interest in promoting this union."
  • Border Security
Excerpt: "Our border must be secured. As a state, we are limited in what role we can play in border security, however, we must do all we can to ensure that we do not incentivize those who are here illegally and protect those who are here legally."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Paul Boyer 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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Amy Schwabenlender was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Paul Boyer and Anthony Kern defeated incumbent Carl Seel, Bill Adams and Thurane Aung Khin in the Republican primary. Schwabenlender, Boyer and Kern will face off in the general election. Aaron Flannery (R) withdrew before the primary.[6][7]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Boyer won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 20. He and incumbent Carl Seel defeated George Benavides in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.<[8][9]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Boyer 29% 37,143
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarl Seel Incumbent 25.7% 32,865
     Democratic Jackie Thrasher 23.7% 30,342
     Democratic Tonya Norwood 21.5% 27,542
Total Votes 127,892
Arizona House of Representatives, District 20 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Boyer 49.1% 12,224
Green check mark transparent.pngCarl Seel Incumbent 36.1% 8,990
George Benavides 14.9% 3,701
Total Votes 24,915

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Boyer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Boyer raised a total of $30,074 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[10]

Paul Boyer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 20 Won $30,074
Grand Total Raised $30,074


Boyer won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Boyer raised a total of $30,074.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Boyer's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,000
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,000
Bnsf Railway$750
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce$500
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$500
Total Raised in 2012$30,074
Source:Follow the Money



In 2014, Boyer's endorsements include the following:[11]

  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Arizona Free Enterprise Club
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry


In 2012, Boyer's endorsements included the following:[12]


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

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


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[13]

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