Steve B. Montenegro

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Steve B. Montenegro
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Arizona House of Representatives District 13
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker Pro Tempore, Arizona State House of Representatives
2010-2013
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
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Education
Associate'sLogos Christian University
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Steve B. Montenegro is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He served as State House Speaker Pro Tempore from 2009 to 2013.

Biography

Montenegro earned his A.A. in Theology from Logos Christian University and his B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2004. His professional experience includes working as a Constituent Caseworker for U.S. Rep. Trent Franks and as a teacher for both Superior School and Arizona Charter Academy.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce
Reform and Human Services

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Montenegro served on these committees:

Issues

Montenegro's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2127 - legislators; voting required; salary loss
  • HB 2130 - campaign finance reports; penalty
  • HB 2400 - partial-birth abortions; definition
  • HB 2426 - enhanced driver licenses; prohibition

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Campaign themes

2012

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

  • Protecting The Taxpayers
Excerpt: "While most of our citizens have had to tighten their belts and cut their household budgets, big-spending politicians have forgotten how to say “No!” to the lobbyists and special interests that come to the state with their hands out. Enough is enough."
  • Sanctity Of Life
Excerpt: "The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. These words have great meaning to me."
  • Private Property Rights
Excerpt: "I will continue to fight to protect private property rights, to eliminate burdensome regulations and to better manage our public lands. I was proud to support Proposition 207 (Private Property Rights Protection Act), a 2007 effort to protect private property rights from the abuse of eminent domain laws."
  • Family And Traditional Marriage
Excerpt: "Families and traditional marriage benefit our society. I firmly believe that the institution of marriage should be protected, and that marriage is defined as one man and one woman. The decisions I make as a member of the House of Representatives will always be done with the best interests of families and children in mind."
  • Secure Borders
Excerpt: "Whether your primary concern is national security, wasteful spending, education, healthcare, or our criminal justice system, the most important thing we can do is to secure our borders. The cost of illegal immigration in Arizona is nearly 2 billion dollars a year, and you, the taxpayer, are paying the bill."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Steve Montenegro 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.

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Steve Hansen was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Darin Mitchell and Steve Montenegro defeated Diane Landis in the Republican primary. Mitchell and Montenegro defeated Hansen in the general election.[6][7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives District 13, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Montenegro Incumbent 40% 28,028
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDarin Mitchell Incumbent 39.3% 27,550
     Democratic Steve Hansen 20.7% 14,509
Total Votes 70,087


Arizona House of Representatives, District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Montenegro Incumbent 37.7% 11,548
Green check mark transparent.pngDarin Mitchell 37.2% 11,372
Diane Landis 25.1% 7,684
Total Votes 30,604

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Montenegro won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 13. He and Darin Mitchell defeated incumbent Russell Jones in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Montenegro Incumbent 51.7% 39,372
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDarin Mitchell 47.2% 35,968
     Republican Robert Garcia (Write-in) 0.4% 323
     Republican John Minore (Write-in) 0.3% 225
     Republican Cheryl Brown (Write-in) 0.3% 194
     Republican Clair Van Steenwyk (Write-in) 0.1% 110
Total Votes 76,192
Arizona House of Representatives, District 13 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Montenegro Incumbent 39.1% 10,189
Green check mark transparent.pngDarin Mitchell 32.9% 8,572
Russ Jones Incumbent 28% 7,294
Total Votes 26,055

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Montenegro won re-election to the 12th District seat in 2010. He and Jerry Weiers were unopposed in the August 24 primary election. They defeated Democrat Angela Cotera and Green Party candidate Justin Dahl in the November 2 general election.[11]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 12 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Montenegro (R) 36,623
Green check mark transparent.png Jerry Weiers (R) 35,724
Angela Cotera (D) 30,543
Justin Dahl (G) 6,762

2008

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Montenegro and Jerry Weiers were elected to the 12th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents Eve Nuñez (D), David Scanlon (D), and Celeste M. Castorena (Green).[12]

Montenegro raised $100,141 for the campaign, Weiers raised $72,878, Nuñez raised $40,312, Scanlon raised $41,887, and Castorena raised $59,727.[13]

Arizona State House, District 12 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jerry Weiers (R) 55,861
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Montenegro (R) 52,819
Eve Nuñez (D) 36,669
David Scanlon (D) 36,669
Celeste M. Castorena (Green) 36,669

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Montenegro is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Montenegro raised a total of $192,957 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[14]

Steve B. Montenegro's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 13 Won $36,828
2010 Arizona State House, District 12 Won $55,988
2008 Arizona State House, District 12 Won $100,141
Grand Total Raised $192,957

2012

Montenegro won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Montenegro raised a total of $36,828.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve B. Montenegro's campaign in 2012
Arizona Association Of Realtors$1,736
Pinnacle West$1,736
Salt River Project$800
Arizona Chamber Of Commerce & Industry$658
Arizona Optometric Association$600
Total Raised in 2012$36,828
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Montenegro won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Montenegro raised a total of $55,988.

2008

Montenegro won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Montenegro raised a total of $100,141.

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[15]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on ASBA's legislative priority bills.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[15]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to small business.
Legislators are scored on "their support of principles of limited constitutional government."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.

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