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Phil Lovas

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Phil Lovas
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Arizona House of Representatives District 22
Incumbent
In office
2012-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
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
Appointed2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Phil Lovas is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 22. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2012 to replace Judy Burges, who was appointed to the Arizona State Senate.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Health
Insurance and Retirement

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lovas served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Lovas's campaign website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Arizona should be the best place in America to do business
Excerpt: "With abundant sunshine and plentiful natural resources, we have advantages unmatched by other states. I support tax cuts to stimulate the economy, but tax cuts alone aren’t enough. "
  • Government is too big and too expansive
Excerpt: "Government needs to be leaner and focus on core functions. We need to take a look at all programs to reduce redundancies. Part of cutting government includes reducing long-term debt commitments and reforming our pension system. More cuts may be needed to bring Arizona back to optimal fiscal health."
  • We need to protect and promote conservative values
Excerpt: "I am pro-life. I support full enforcement of our immigration laws. I am pro-second amendment and support gun rights."
  • We need long-term tax reform in Arizona
Excerpt: "The majority of our tax base comes from sales and property taxes, putting an undue burden on those with fixed incomes. We need to look at creative tax reform policies to reduce that burden."
  • Education is the future
Excerpt: "To be economically competitive, Arizona must give our children the best educational opportunities possible. I favor policies which will reduce bureaucracy, expand voucher opportunities, and shift more money into the classroom without raising taxes."

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.[2]

2012

Lovas 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. He did not receive a score in 2011 because he did not take office until 2012. Lovas’s 67 in 2012 was the 15th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[2]

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Phil Lovas 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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,"[3] 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.[6]

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.

Elections

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lovas won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 22. He and David Livingston defeated Jeanette Dubreil in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Livingston 50.5% 60,093
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Lovas Incumbent 49.3% 58,700
     Independent Pat White (Write-in) 0.2% 261
Total Votes 119,054
Arizona House of Representatives, District 22 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Lovas Incumbent 42.6% 16,727
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Livingston 33.1% 13,000
Jeanette Dubreil 24.3% 9,521
Total Votes 39,248

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lovas is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lovas raised a total of $64,593 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[9]

Phil Lovas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 22 Won $64,593
Grand Total Raised $64,593

2012

Lovas won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lovas raised a total of $64,593.

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