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Sonny Borrelli

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Sonny Borrelli
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Arizona House of Representatives District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
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 limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Sonny Borrelli is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Government
Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs
Transportation, Vice Chair

Issues

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Sonny Borrelli 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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,"[1] 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.[4]

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.

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Joseph Longoria and Beth Weisser are unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Sonny Borrelli will face Regina Cobb, Jennifer Jones, Sam Medrano and George Schnittgrund in the Republican primary.[5]

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Borrelli won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 5. He and incumbent Doris Goodale defeated Wyatt Brooks and George Schnittgrund in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoris Goodale Incumbent 42.5% 41,217
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSonny Borrelli 36.2% 35,154
     Democratic P.L. Durbin 21.3% 20,647
Total Votes 97,018
Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoris Goodale Incumbent 43.4% 14,056
Green check mark transparent.pngSonny Borrelli 26.8% 8,672
Wyatt Brooks 16.6% 5,369
George Schnittgrund 13.3% 4,315
Total Votes 32,412

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Borrelli is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Borrelli raised a total of $13,072 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[8]

Sonny Borrelli's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 5 Won $13,072
Grand Total Raised $13,072

2012

Borrelli won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Borrelli raised a total of $13,072.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sonny Borrelli's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West Capital$1,736
Borrelli, Sonny$1,000
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,000
Bnsf Railway$500
Wiedlund, Diane$424
Total Raised in 2012$13,072
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[9]

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[9]

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