Tom Chabin

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Tom Chabin
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Arizona House of Representatives District 2
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Bachelor'sNorthern Arizona University, 1976
Place of birthHutchinson, KS
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Tom Chabin is a former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District from his appointment in September 2007 until 2013. He served on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors from 1992-2000.


Chabin's professional experience includes working as Ombudsman for the Northern Arizona Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, Director of Business Development for the Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation, Public Policy Consultant and President/General Manager of the Chabin-Fernandez Corporation d.b.a, Reservation Business Services.[1]


Chabin's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2085 - state agencies; employees; organizational rights
  • HB 2191 - cellular telephones; use while driving
  • HB 2490 - solar school grant program
  • HB 2524 - drug and alcohol treatment district

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

Campaign themes


Chabin's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Quality Education

  • Excerpt:"To grow Arizona’s economy, we must grow our educational system, from preschool through post-secondary higher education."

Good Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt:"Improving the economy, attracting innovative industries and businesses, and creating high-paying jobs should be the State Legislature’s top priority."

Healthy Environment

  • Excerpt:"Arizona’s strength is our environment. It is why we are here."

Health and Mental Health

  • Excerpt:"The importance of health and mental health of our citizens to a thriving economy and personal happiness cannot be overstated."

Tax Reform

  • Excerpt:"It is time to revise Arizona’s tax code to make it fair to everyone."


Chabin's answers to the Arizona State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. He did not provide a response when asked his legislative priorities.[3]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Chabin ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 6. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He was defeated in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

The demographic characteristics of the state combined with Chabin's personal ties to the area have led to expectations that this race would be one of the most competitive state senate races in Arizona.[6]

Arizona State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChester Crandell 53% 45,105
     Democratic Tom Chabin 47% 39,933
Total Votes 85,038


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Chabin won re-election to the 2nd District seat in 2010. He and Albert Hale won the August 24 Democratic primary. They then defeated Libertarian Frank Mulligan in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 2 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Albert Hale (D) 30,164
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Chabin (D) 22,789
Frank Mulligan (L) 5,195
Arizona House of Representatives, District 2 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Albert Hale (D) 11,378
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Chabin (D) 5,457
Albert Tom (D) 4,695
Pat Carr (D) 2,403


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Chabin and Christopher Deschene were elected to the 2nd District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[9]

Chabin raised $22,837 for the campaign and Deschene raised $22,392.[10]

Arizona State House, District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Christopher Deschene (D) 36,724
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Chabin (D) 33,211

Campaign donors


In 2010, Chabin raised $40,857 in contributions.[11]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $35,798 to his campaign.


Below are Chabin's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[12]

Contributor 2008 total
Public Fund $20,597
Tom Chabin $600
Barbara Bates $130
Stephen L Verkamp $130
Lilia Schulz $130


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.[13]


Chabin received a score of 39 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of F+ according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 10 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Chabin’s 39 in 2012 was the 51st highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[13]


Chabin is widowed and has one child.

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