Warren Petersen

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Warren Petersen
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Arizona House of Representatives District 12
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
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 limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Warren Petersen is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Government, Vice Chair
Ways and Means


Campaign themes


Petersen's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Job Growth
Excerpt: "It’s time to put Arizona back to work. I will work hard to create an environment that will grow and attract jobs. Industrious states are prosperous states. I will be a leader that promotes hard work, innovation and ingenuity. I will support legislation that provides certainty to businesses so that they will have the confidence to invest in Arizona."
  • Protecting Families and Small Businesses
Excerpt: "I will work tirelessly to protect families. The family is the thread of our society. Strong families make strong communities. I am a pro-life candidate that believes our first inalienable right is that to life. Legislation should be supportive of the family unit and not discourage the union of husband and wife."
  • Fiscal Discipline
Excerpt: "Arizona is suffering from years of poor fiscal decisions. It is time for the State to run the same way a good business or home is run. We must spend less than we bring in. We need to understand the difference between needs and wants. I will support a zero base budget."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "One of the most important roles of the government is to protect the safety of it's citizens. Counties and communities deserve honest and competent police and fire officials. State laws and agencies must allow the local communities to do their jobs. State agencies that require redundant or obsolete certifications may need to be eliminated."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Arizona businesses need an educated and skilled work force. We should make sure we are always providing useful and relevant education so that Arizona citizens will be hired for high paying jobs. When it comes to priority of funds, we need to make sure that more money makes it to our children and their teachers in the classroom."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Warren Petersen 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.



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. D.J. Rothans was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Eddie Farnsworth and Warren Petersen were unopposed in the Republican primary. Farnsworth and Petersen defeated Rothans in the general election.[6][7][8]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Petersen won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 12. He and incumbent Eddie Farnsworth defeated Larry Chesley in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Farnsworth Incumbent 50.6% 53,925
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Petersen 49.4% 52,590
Total Votes 106,515
Arizona House of Representatives, District 12 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Farnsworth Incumbent 41.2% 14,816
Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Petersen 34.7% 12,500
Larry Chesley 24.1% 8,688
Total Votes 36,004

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Petersen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Petersen raised a total of $69,060 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[11]

Warren Petersen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 12 Won $69,060
Grand Total Raised $69,060


Petersen won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Petersen raised a total of $69,060.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Warren Petersen's campaign in 2012
Petersen, Warren$30,011
Petersen, Victor$3,750
Petersen, Evelyn$2,750
Petersen, Ammon B$1,004
Thornock, Russ$424
Total Raised in 2012$69,060
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[12]

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.


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[12]

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.


Peteresen and his wife, Michelle, have five children.[13]

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