Steve B. Montenegro
|Steve B. Montenegro|
|Arizona House of Representatives District 13|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Speaker Pro Tempore, Arizona State House of Representatives|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Associate's||Logos Christian University|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 External links
- 8 References
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 United States Representative Trent Franks and as a teacher for both Superior School and Arizona Charter Academy.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Montenegro served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Reform and Human Services|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Montenegro served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Higher Education, Innovation and Reform|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Montenegro served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Government, Vice Chair|
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.
Montenegro's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
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.
Montenegro received a score of 72 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of A- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 2 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Montenegro’s 72 in 2012 was tied for the 2nd highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
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.
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. 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.
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," 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.
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.
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.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 13 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Steve Montenegro Incumbent||39.1%||10,189|
|Russ Jones Incumbent||28%||7,294|
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.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 12 General Election (2010)|
|Steve Montenegro (R)||36,623|
|Jerry Weiers (R)||35,724|
|Angela Cotera (D)||30,543|
|Justin Dahl (G)||6,762|
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).
Montenegro raised $100,141 for the campaign, Weiers raised $72,878, Nuñez raised $40,312, Scanlon raised $41,887, and Castorena raised $59,727.
|Arizona State House, District 12 (2008)|
|Jerry Weiers (R)||55,861|
|Steve Montenegro (R)||52,819|
|Eve Nuñez (D)||36,669|
|David Scanlon (D)||36,669|
|Celeste M. Castorena (Green)||36,669|
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.
|Steve B. Montenegro's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 13||$36,828|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 12||$55,988|
|2008||Arizona State House, District 12||$100,141|
|Grand Total Raised||$192,957|
2012Montenegro 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|
|Salt River Project||$800|
|Arizona Chamber Of Commerce & Industry||$658|
|Arizona Optometric Association||$600|
|Total Raised in 2012||$36,828|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Montenegro won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Montenegro raised a total of $55,988.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Steve B. Montenegro's campaign in 2010|
|Arizona Association Of Realtors||$1,500|
|Home Builders Association Of Central Arizona||$500|
|Arizona Cattlemens Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$55,988|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Montenegro won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Montenegro raised a total of $100,141.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Steve B. Montenegro's campaign in 2008|
|Buchholz, Janie J||$130|
|Griffin, Nichola L||$130|
|Keith, Jody A||$130|
|Total Raised in 2008||$100,141|
|Source:Follow the Money|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Steve + Montenegro + Arizona + House" Steve Montenegro News Feed
- Campaign website
- Steve Montenegro's personal website(Archived)
- Arizona House of Representatives - Representative Steve B. Montenegro
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart bio
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- Facebook page
- Steve Montenegro on Twitter
- YouTube channel
- Campaign website, Issues
- Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- 2008 general election results, Arizona
- Arizona House spending, 2008
- followthemoney.org, "Montenegro, Steve," accessed May 22, 2013