Arizona House of Representatives
|Arizona House of Representatives|
|Term limits:||4 terms (8 years)|
|2013 session start:||January 14, 2013|
|Website:||Official House Page|
|House Speaker:||Andy Tobin, (R)|
|Majority Leader:||David Gowan, (R)|
|Minority leader:||Chad Campbell, (D)|
| Democratic Party (24) |
Republican Party (36)
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Art 4, Arizona Constitution|
|Salary:||$24,000/year + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 6, 2012 (60 seats)|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014 (60 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission|
Article IV of the Arizona Constitution establishes when the Arizona State Legislature, of which the House of Representatives is a part, is to be in session. Section 3 of the Second Part of the Article contains the relevant provisions. It states that sessions are to convene on the second Monday of January of each year.
Section 3 also allows the Governor of Arizona to call special sessions of the Legislature.
- See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions
In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 14 through April 19 (estimated).
Losing super-majorities in the House and Senate, Republicans no longer wield the same level of power and compromises may be more likely. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said her legislative priorities include education standards and simplifying the state's transaction privilege tax.
- See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Legislature was in regular session from January 10 through May 3.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the House was in regular session from January 10 through April 20.  Three special sessions were called in Arizona for 2011. The first special session was convened on January 19, addressing requests for a federal Medicaid exemption. A second special session was called by Governor Jan Brewer on February 14, 2011. The special session will run in tandem with the regular session, and was convened to consider business tax cuts as part of an economic development package proposed to add jobs by encouraging businesses to expand and relocate in Arizona.  The third special session was convened on June 10 to extend unemployment benefits. The session lasted two days, and ended on June 13 without a vote on Governor Brewer's proposal. Brewer refuses to call another special session until lawmakers support the unemployment extension. 
In the 2011 session, Arizona fixed its $1.5 billion shortfall by eliminating $1.1 billion in spending. There were no new taxes instated to help with the reductions, only tax cuts. The legislature sliced the corporate income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 4.9 percent. 
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
In 2010, the House was in regular session from January 11th to April 29th. The Legislature was also convened in special session since February 1st.
This chamber was mentioned in a November 2012 Pew Center on the States article that addressed supermajorities at stake in the 2012 election. Supermajority generally means a party controls two-thirds of all seats. While it varies from state to state, being in this position gives a party much greater power. Going into the election, Republicans in the Arizona House held a supermajority, which Democrats looked to cut into.
In the general election on November 6, 2012 Democrats were able to pick up seven seats, reducing the Republican majority from the supermajority it had prior the election of 40-19 to a majority of 34-26 after the election.
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was May 26, 2010, and the primary election day was August 24, 2010.
Contributions in the 2010 elections for House candidates totaled $5,311,375 for the 166 candidates. The top ten contributors were: 
|2010 Donors, Arizona House of Representatives|
|McGee, Kate Brophy||$65,033|
|McGee, Catherine Brophy||$31,169|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$22,756|
|Arizona Education Association||$19,156|
Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 2, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.
During the 2008 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $5,531,238. The top 10 contributors were:
|2008 Donors, Arizona House of Representatives|
|Cmte to Elect Robert Blendu||$30,560|
|Kilburn, Pat E||$17,701|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$12,478|
|Salt River Project||$8,290|
|Arizona Medical Association||$8,020|
Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.
During the 2006 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $4,354,506. The top 10 contributors were:
|2006 Donors, Arizona House of Representatives|
|Smith, David Burnell||$34,524|
|Barto, Nancy K||$23,000|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$22,722|
|Home Builders Association of Central Arizona||$12,344|
|Salt River Project||$10,392|
|Reelect Eddie Farnsworth||$9,648|
|Groe, Trish L||$7,800|
Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 7, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.
During the 2004 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $3,816,633. The top 10 contributors were:
|2004 Donors, Arizona House of Representatives|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$20,434|
|Brown, Jack A||$18,000|
|Salt River Project||$7,400|
|Arizona Medical Association||$7,220|
Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 10, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.
During the 2002 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $4,079,565. The top 10 contributors were:
|2002 Donors, Arizona House of Representatives|
|Miller, Kenneth F||$45,140|
|Konopnicki, William (Bill)||$31,730|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$16,900|
Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.
During the 2000 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $3,918,039. The top 10 contributors were:
|2000 Donors, Arizona House of Representatives|
|Blewster, Barbara B||$94,347|
|Steve May 2002||$84,000|
|Arizona Education Association||$25,348|
|John Nelson Campaign Cmte||$25,347|
|Arizona Republican Party||$20,510|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$18,979|
Article 4, Part 2, Section 2 of the Arizona Constitution states: No person shall be a member of the Legislature unless he shall be a citizen of the United States at the time of his election, nor unless he shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and shall have been a resident of Arizona at least three years and of the county from which he is elected at least one year before his election.
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
If there is a vacancy in the House, the political party committee or the Board of County Supervisors must select a replacement. The political party committee is responsible for appointing a replacement only if the legislative district has thirty or more elected precinct committeemen.
The Secretary of State is required to contact the state party chairperson to give notice of the vacancy. The state chairperson must give notice of an election to fill the seat within three days of receiving notice.
Before an election takes place, the state chairperson must submit a list of three recommended candidates to fill the seat. The election involves all the precinct committeemen who represent the vacant seat. If the House is out of session, the election must be held within twenty-one days after the vacancy happened. If the House is in session, the election must be held within five days after the vacancy happened.
The Board of County Supervisors fills vacancies in legislative districts that have less than thirty elected precinct committeemen. Also, the Board of Supervisors must select a replacement if the party committee fails to select a replacement within the specified periods. This is only for districts with thirty or more elected committeemen.
The county of residence from where the person last held the seat is responsible for making the selection. The county that is responsible for filling the vacancy must form a citizens panel. The citizens panel is charged with recommending to the Board of Supervisors three candidates to fill the vacant seat. The panel must recommend persons from the political party that last held the vacant seat. The full county board must select a replacement within five days of receiving the list of recommended candidates.
The person selected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.
- See also: Redistricting in Arizona
Since the passing of Proposition 106 in 2000, redistricting has been handled by the five-member Independent Redistricting Commission, consisting of two Republicans, two Democrats, and one independent.
Arizona received its census data on March 9, 2011. Although the state grew by almost 25 percent -- second in the nation to Nevada's 35 percent -- some population areas did not meet growth expectations.
Overall, the population figures showed large growth in Arizona's Hispanic population. The white population fell from 65.1 percent to 59.4 percent, while the Hispanic population grew from 25 percent to 30 percent. Across the state, the suburbs grew faster than major cities.
On December 20, 2011, the Commission approved new maps along party lines; all of this came after Republicans suggested that the commission be abolished, and its chairwoman was effectively removed by Governor Jan Brewer and subsequently reinstated by the Arizona Supreme Court.
- See also: Partisan composition of state houses
|Party||As of May 2013|
The House elects a Speaker who serves as presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, deciding point of order, appointing a Speaker Pro Tempore, and may vote in all cases except to determine the Speakers own rulings.
|Current Leadership, Arizona House of Representatives|
|State Speaker of the House||Andy Tobin||Republican|
|State House Speaker Pro Tempore||J.D. Mesnard||Republican|
|State House Majority Leader||David Gowan||Republican|
|State House Majority Whip||Rick Gray||Republican|
|State House Minority Leader||Chad Campbell||Democratic|
|State House Assistant Minority Leader||Ruben Gallego||Democratic|
|State House Minority Whip||Bruce Wheeler||Democratic|
April 29, 2011
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
Arizona state senators are paid $24,000/year. They are also paid a per diem of $35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter. Senators who live outside of Maricopa County are given an additional $25/day for the 1st 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and an additional $10/day thereafter.
When sworn in
Arizona legislators assume office on the first day of the session after they are elected. Each regular session begins on the second Monday in January.
The Arizona House of Representatives has 18 standing committees.
- Appropriations Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Agriculture and Water Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Commerce Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Education Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Financial Institutions Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Government Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Health Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Insurance and Retirement Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Judiciary Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Reform and Human Services Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Rules Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Technology and Infrastructure Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Transportation Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Ways and Means Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the Arizona State House of Representatives. The Arizona State House is one of nine state Houses that was Republican for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. During the final five years of the study, Arizona was under Republican trifectas.
Across the country, there were 579 Democratic and 482 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
- Official website of the Arizona House of Representatives
- Official list of the current members of the Arizona House of Representatives
- ↑ Population in 2010 of the American states
- ↑ Population in 2000 of the American states
- ↑ Cronkite News, "Brewer, top legislators: Education, businesses priorities for session," January 11, 2013
- ↑ StateScape, Session schedules, accessed April 30, 2012
- ↑ Timesunion.com, Ariz. Legislature ends session after all-nighter, 20 April 2011
- ↑ KTAR.com, Arizona governor calls special session on economy, 14 Feb. 2011
- ↑ Bloomberg Businessweek, Ariz. Gov won't seek session without bill backing, June 15, 2011
- ↑ Stateline.org, States balance budgets with cuts, not taxes, June 15, 2011
- ↑ Stateline, "In Legislative Elections, Majorities and Supermajorities at Stake," November 2, 2012
- ↑ Modern Times Magazine "Why Are Arizona Democrats Smiling?" Accessed November 14, 2012
- ↑ Follow the Money: "Arizona 2010 Campaign Contributions"
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Arizona 2008 Candidates," Accessed April 10, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Arizona 2006 Candidates," Accessed April 10, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Arizona 2004 Candidates," Accessed April 10, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Arizona 2002 Candidates," Accessed April 10, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Arizona 2000 Candidates," Accessed April 10, 2013
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 Arizona Legislature "Arizona Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute 41.1202 (A), Arizona Revised Statutes)
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Arizona Legislature "Arizona Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute 41.1202 (B), Arizona Revised Statutes)
- ↑ The Republic "First details on Arizona race and population location from 2010 census coming Thursday," March 9, 2011
- ↑ USA Today "Arizona grows but at slower rate," March 13, 2011
- ↑ Fox News Latino "Arizona's Latino Population Up a Whopping 46%, Says Census," March 10, 2011
- ↑ Yuma Sun Arizonans moving to the 'burbs," March 10, 2011
- ↑ Arizona House Rules - Rule 4: The Speaker
- ↑ Arizona House Leadership
- ↑ Arizona Capitol Times "Adams resigns from Legislature to run for Congress, Tobin steps up to House speaker," April 28, 2011
- ↑ NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
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