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Andy Tobin
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Arizona House of Representatives District 1
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker, Arizona State House of Representatives
2011-present
Majority Leader, Arizona State House of Representatives
2010-2011
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 elected2006
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Personal
BirthdayJune 27, 1958
Place of birthNew York, NY
ProfessionManager, TLC Employee Benefits and Consulting
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Andy Tobin campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Andy Tobin (b. June 27, 1958) is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He currently serves as House Speaker. He previously was House Majority Leader.

Tobin ran for U.S. House in 2014, representing Arizona's 1st Congressional District.[1][2] Tobin defeated Gary Kiehne and Adam Kwasman in the primary on August 26, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick in November. Arizona's 1st Congressional District race was a battleground in 2014.[3]

Biography

Tobin's professional experience includes working as a Manager with TLC Employee Benefits and Consulting, CEO of a local aerospace company, banker, insurance agent and real estate lender.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules
Audit, Ex officio
Federal Mandates, Co-Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Racetrack casinos

Tobin urged his fellow state legislators to consider adopting a Arizona Racino Amendment (2010), which would have allowed "racetrack casinos" or "racinos" in the state as a way of making up for tax revenues that were fast declining in the state's economic recession.[4]

Legislation

Tobin's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2102 - financial institution records; disclosure; notice
  • HB 2106 - prohibit photo radar; state highways
  • HB 2426 - enhanced driver licenses; prohibition
  • HB 2564 - abortion

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

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Andy Tobin endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Andy Tobin 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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,"[6] 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.[9]

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

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See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Arizona's 1st Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the seat was held by a Democrat, but the district had a slight Republican lean. Incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick faced no challenger in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Andy Tobin triumphed over Gary Kiehne and Adam Kwasman. The race between Tobin and Kiehne remained too close to call for over a week following the primary. In the end, Tobin won by 0.7 percent of the vote. Kirkpatrick ultimately defeated Tobin in the general election on November 4, 2014.[10][11][3]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Tobin to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list received "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[12]

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Kirkpatrick Incumbent 52.5% 90,161
     Republican Andy Tobin 47.5% 81,638
Total Votes 171,799
Source: Arizona Secretary of State (100% reporting) Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Arizona District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Tobin 35.8% 18,814
Gary Kiehne 35.1% 18,407
Adam Kwasman 29.1% 15,266
Total Votes 52,487
Source: Arizona Secretary of State

Endorsements

Tobin was endorsed by 19 elected officials and associations in Arizona's 1st Congressional District. The list is comprised of mainly of mayors, sheriffs and supervisors. For the full list of endorsements, click here.[13]

On March 29, 2014, Speaker John Boehner headlined a fundraiser for Andy Tobin and Martha McSally (AZ-02).[14]

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Tobin won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 1. He and incumbent Karen Fann defeated State Senator Lori Klein in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[15][16]

Arizona House of Representatives, District , General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Fann Incumbent 50.6% 62,379
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Tobin Incumbent 49.4% 60,800
Total Votes 123,179
Arizona House of Representatives, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Tobin Incumbent 41% 22,167
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Fann Incumbent 33.5% 18,142
Lori Klein 25.5% 13,781
Total Votes 54,090

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Tobin won re-election to the 1st District seat in 2010. Tobin and Karen Fann won the Republican primary. They then defeated Democrat Lindsay Bell in the November 2 general election.[17][18]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Tobin (R) 46,401
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Fann (R) 41,082
Lindsay Bell (D) 29,214
Arizona House of Representatives, District 1 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Tobin (R) 21,407
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Fann (R) 14,409
Noel Campbell (R) 12,895

2008

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Tobin and Lucy Mason won re-election to the 1st District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponent Dennis Grittner (D).[19]

Tobin raised $20,630 for the campaign, Mason raised $2,311, and Grittner raised $21,457.[20]

Arizona State House, District 1 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lucy Mason (R) 55,861
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Tobin (R) 52,819
Dennis Grittner (D) 36,669

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tobin is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Tobin raised a total of $273,521 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[21]

Andy Tobin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 1 Won $123,336
2010 Arizona State House, District 1 Won $89,521
2008 Arizona State House, District 1 Won $20,630
2006 Arizona State House, District 1 Won $40,034
Grand Total Raised $273,521

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tobin's reports.

Andy Tobin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[22]January 23, 2014$0$235,120$(43,767)$191,352
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$191,352$150,211$(128,318)$213,246
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2014$213,246$176,810$(169,554)$220,502
Pre-Primary[25]August 14, 2014$220,502$39,861$(178,201)$82,162
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2014$82,162$439,190$(144,927)$376,424
Pre-General[27]October 23, 2014$376,424$93,203$(272,812)$196,814
Running totals
$1,134,395$(937,579)

2012

Tobin won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Tobin raised a total of $123,336.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Andy Tobin's campaign in 2012
Arizona Association of Realtors$500
Jacobs, Gretchen N$500
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$500
Salt River Project$500
Cox Communications$500
Total Raised in 2012$123,336
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Tobin won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Tobin raised a total of $89,521.

2008

Tobin won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Tobin raised a total of $20,630.

2006

Tobin won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Tobin raised a total of $40,034.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[28]

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.[28]

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

Tobin and his wife, Jennifer, have five children.

Tobin is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Hugh O'Brian Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association Board, Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Sharlot Hall Museum Board and the Young Men's Christian Association Board.[29]

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References

  1. AzCapitolTimes.com, "Arizona House speaker eyes run for Congress," September 18, 2013
  2. Roll Call, "Arizona Speaker Enters Race Against Ann Kirkpatrick," October 3, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  4. Arizona Republic, "Racino racetracks floated as tax-hike alternative," May 21, 2009
  5. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Arizona Elected Officials," February 2, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
  7. Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Address," January 14, 2013
  8. AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
  9. Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
  10. Politico, "2014 Arizona House Primaries Results," accessed August 27, 2014
  11. KTAR, "Andy Tobin wins Arizona's 1st Congressional District GOP primary," September 2, 2014
  12. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  13. Sonoran Alliance, "Andy Tobin’s Endorsements Recapped," January 24, 2014
  14. Political Party Time, "Luncheon for McSally Tobin Victory Committee," March 29, 2014
  15. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
  16. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  17. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
  18. Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  19. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 7, 2014
  20. Follow The Money, "Arizona House spending, 2008," accessed April 7, 2014
  21. followthemoney.org, "Tobin, Andy," accessed May 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Andy Tobin Year-End," accessed February 7, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Andy Tobin April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Andy Tobin July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Andy Tobin Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Andy Tobin October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Andy Tobin Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
  28. 28.0 28.1 StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
  29. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 7, 2014