David Stevens

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David Stevens
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Arizona House of Representatives District 14
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
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
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona House of Representatives District 25
2009-2013
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
David W. Stevens is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He previously ran unsuccessfully in 2002 and 2004.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Technology and Infrastructure, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Stevens's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2102 - financial institution records; disclosure; notice
  • HB 2106 - prohibit photo radar; state highways
  • HB 2127 - legislators; voting required; salary loss
  • HB 2130 - campaign finance reports; penalty

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

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

David Stevens 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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,"[1] 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.[4]

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 House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. James Burton was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents David Gowan and David Stevens defeated Susan Syfert in the Republican primary. Burton, Gowan and Stevens will face off in the general election.[5][6][7]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 14 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Gowan 41.4% 15,475
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Stevens 39.9% 14,909
Susan Syfert 18.6% 6,953
Total Votes 37,337

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Stevens won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 14. He and incumbent David Gowan ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Gowan Incumbent 30.7% 43,967
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Stevens Incumbent 30.5% 43,585
     Democratic Mark Stonebraker 19.4% 27,769
     Democratic Robert Leach 19.4% 27,675
Total Votes 142,996

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Stevens and Peggy Judd were uncontested in the August 24 primary election. They then defeated Democrats Patricia Fleming and Ruben Ortega in the November 2 general election.[10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 25 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peggy Judd (R) 25,405
Green check mark transparent.png David Stevens (R) 25,043
Patricia Fleming (D) 21,359
Ruben Ortega (D) 19,911

2008

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Stevens and Patricia Fleming were elected to the 25th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents Richard Boyer (D) and Timathy Davies (R).[11]

Stevens raised $65,440 for the campaign, Fleming raised $36,027, Boyer raised $35,993, and Davies raised $0.[12]

Arizona State House, District 25 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Fleming (D) 32,749
Green check mark transparent.png David Stevens (R) 28,806
Richard Boyer (D) 27,857
Timathy Davies (R) 23,778

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stevens is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Stevens raised a total of $186,819 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[13]

David Stevens's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 14 Won $29,072
2010 Arizona State House, District 25 Won $28,484
2008 Arizona State House, District 25 Won $65,440
2004 Arizona State House, District 25 Defeated $46,883
2002 Arizona State House, District 25 Defeated $16,940
Grand Total Raised $186,819

2012

Stevens won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Stevens raised a total of $29,072.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Stevens's campaign in 2012
Davidstevens2010$1,351
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,336
Cox Communications$1,000
Arizona Medical Association$500
Salt River Valley Water Users Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$29,072
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Stevens won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Stevens raised a total of $28,484.

2008

Stevens won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Stevens raised a total of $65,440.

2004

Stevens lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Stevens raised a total of $46,883.

2002

Stevens lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Stevens raised a total of $16,940.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[14]

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.[14]

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.

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