Steven B. Yarbrough

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Steven B. Yarbrough
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Arizona State Senate District 17
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker Pro Tempore, Arizona State House of Representatives
2009-2010
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
Arizona State House of Representatives
2002-2010
Education
Bachelor'sArizona State University, 1968
J.D.Arizona State University College of Law, 1971
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Steven B. Yarbrough is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Yarbrough served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 21 from 2003 to 2011.

Biography

Yarbrough' professional experience includes working as a Partner with Yarbrough, Moll and Dunn, as a teacher at Mesa Community College and as Director of the Office of Student Affairs at Arizona State University.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Senate Ethics
Finance
Judiciary
Budget
Income Tax Credit Review, Co-Chair

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Yarbrough's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Education

  • Excerpt: "I am committed to improving student academic achievement for Arizona K-12 students. School choice, high Arizona created standards and delivering more resources to the classroom are key components for accomplishing this goal."

Tax Policy & Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "If I am re-elected I will continue to advance legislation that minimizes the tax and regulatory burden on our citizens and embraces the American entrepreneurial spirit."

Religious Freedom And S.B. 1062

  • Excerpt: "As for me, I will stand with the First Amendment and our Constitution. I choose freedom. Perhaps you will join me."

Life / Abortion

  • Excerpt: "Abortion is the ultimate denial of due process of law relative to the unborn child. It is an American tragedy. As long as we deny the fact that an unborn child is a human being created in God’s image we tear at the fabric of our nation."

Private Charity

  • Excerpt: "Charity really does begin at home. If re-elected I’ll continue to look for ways to help more of that happen."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Steven Yarbrough 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 State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate 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. Kristie O'Brien was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Steve Yarbrough was unopposed in the Republican primary. Yarbrough defeated O'Brien in the general election.[6][7][8]

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Yarbrough won election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 17. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Arizona State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Yarbrough Incumbent 57.2% 48,581
     Democratic Bill Gates 42.8% 36,349
Total Votes 84,930

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Yarbrough was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the Arizona House of Representatives. He instead won election to the district 21 seat of the Arizona State Senate. He ran unopposed.[11]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Yarbrough and Warde Nichols were elected to the 21st District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponent Phil Hettmansperger (D).[12]

Yarbrough raised $74,489 for the campaign, Nichols raised $73,262, and Hettmansperger raised $33,385.[13]

Arizona State House, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Warde Nichols (R) 46,478
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Yarbrough (R) 56,980
Phil Hettmansperger (D) 44,943

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yarbrough is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Yarbrough raised a total of $227,764 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[14]

Steven B. Yarbrough's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 17 Won $40,231
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 21 Won $29,299
2008 Arizona State House, District 21 Won $74,489
2006 Arizona State House, District 21 Won $32,798
2004 Arizona State House, District 21 Won $20,817
2002 Arizona State House, District 21 Won $30,130
Grand Total Raised $227,764

2012

Yarbrough won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Yarbrough raised a total of $40,231.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steven B. Yarbrough's campaign in 2012
Blake, Denise M$424
Bryan, John D$424
Blake, Ralph$424
Bryan, Martha J$424
Zachar, Michelle$424
Total Raised in 2012$40,231
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Yarbrough won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Yarbrough raised a total of $29,299.

2008

Yarbrough won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Yarbrough raised a total of $74,489.

2006

Yarbrough won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Yarbrough raised a total of $32,798.

2004

Yarbrough won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Yarbrough raised a total of $20,817.

2002

Yarbrough won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Yarbrough raised a total of $30,130.

Scorecards

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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.

Personal

Yarbrough and his wife, Linda, have three children.

Yarbrough serves as Executive Director of the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization, and is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona State University Alumni Association and the Children's Hope Association.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Schapira (D)
Arizona State Senate District 17
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Jay Tibshraeny
Arizona State Senate District 21
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Rick Murphy (R)
Preceded by
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Arizona House District 21
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Tom Forese