Felecia Rotellini

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Felicia Rotellini
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Former candidate for
Attorney General of Arizona
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Appointed byGovernor Janet Napolitano
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Superintendent of Arizona Banking Department
Bachelor'sRocky Mountain College (1981)
J.D.Notre Dame Law School (1986)
Personal website
Campaign website
Felecia Rotellini was a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Arizona in 2014. Felecia Rotellini lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Rotellini ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2010, losing to Tom Horne (R) in the general election.[1]

Rotellini is an attorney for a Phoenix-based private practice law firm. She previously served as Superintendent of the State Banking Department in Arizona, from 2006-2009.


Rotellini was raised in Sheridan, Wyoming. She attended Rocky Mountain College for her undergraduate studies, earning dual bachelor's degrees in history and political science. She graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1986 and launched her legal career in Arizona, her adoptive state.[2]

Following six years in private practice as a trial attorney, Rotellini joined the Arizona Attorney General's Office, alternating between the civil and criminal divisions, prosecuting complex real estate and financial fraud cases.

In late August 2009, Rotellini resigned from her appointed position as Superintendent to join the Phoenix law firm of Zwillinger & Greek PC.[2]

She was also a trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix Foundation from 1990-2002.


  • Bachelor's degree, Rocky Mountain College (1981) in history and political science (magna cum laude)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Notre Dame Law School (1986)

Political career

Superintendent of the Arizona Banking Department (2006-2009)

In 2006, after first operating as an assistant, Rotellini was appointed by then-Governor Janet Napolitano to serve as the Superintendent of the State Banking Department, now known as the State Department of Financial Institutions. Her responsibilities in this role included overseeing the financial services in the state, such as the banks and credit unions, consumer lenders, escrow agents, mortgage and collection companies. In late August 2009, she resigned her post as to join the Phoenix law firm of Zwillinger & Greek PC.[2]

Elections & Appointments


See also: Arizona attorney general election, 2014

On February 25, 2013, Rotellini confirmed reports that she would run for attorney general of Arizona in 2014.[1][3] Rotellini previously ran for attorney general in 2010. She finished second in the general election behind Tom Horne (R), who lost his bid for re-election in 2014. Horne was ousted by challenger Mark Brnovich in the GOP primary on August 26, 2014.

Rotellini was uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014, and was defeated by Mark Brnovich (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Attorney General of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Brnovich 52.9% 782,361
     Democratic Felecia Rotellini 47.1% 696,054
     Nonpartisan Anthony Camboni (Write-in) 0% 265
Total Votes 1,478,680
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

Race background

Incumbent Tom Horne, a Republican first elected in 2010, lost his bid for renomination in the August 26 Republican primary, creating an open seat race for the general election.[4]

Midway through his first term as attorney general, Horne found himself the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation stemming from an alleged hit-and-run incident. This investigation along with a rumored extra-marital affair led Horne to forgo his long-anticipated gubernatorial campaign in favor of seeking another term in his current post.[5] These scandals led Governing to rate Arizona's attorney general seat as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in the 2014 elections.

Horne's controversy-riddled first term gave way to the incumbent's six-point ousting by sole Republican challenger Mark Brnovich in the party's primary. Brnovich, the former director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, faced 2010 gubernatorial candidate and Assistant Attorney General Felecia Rotellini in the general election.[4]

Although Arizona tends to vote Republican, especially at the state level, Democrats placed considerable hopes in Rotellini early on in the election season. Rotellini's background as superintendent of the state Department of Financial Institutions signaled to party leaders that she had strong potential as a fundraiser and thus a chance in the race to succeed Horne as Arizona's chief legal official.[5] She was ultimately defeated by Brnovich, ensuring the attorney general's office would remain under Republican control.


Felecia Rotellini earned the endorsement of the Arizona Daily Star prior to the general election.[6]


September 30 debate

Mark Brnovich (R) and Felecia Rotellini (D) faced off over prosecuting experience and private persons during a debate hosted by public affairs program Arizona Horizon. Brnovich criticized Rotellini's lack of experience as prosecutor while highlighting his past work as a county prosecutor and assistant U.S. Attorney. Rotellini countered that Brnovich did not understand that the attorney general's office doesn't handle prosecutions, which are handled by county attorneys.[7]

Rotellini criticized Brnovich's efforts to bring ideology to the office as well as his support for private prisons. She also argued that his advocacy for pro-life positions was an unnecessary distraction for anyone aspiring to the office. Brnovich reacted by pointing out the lack of partisan divide over private prisons, citing the Obama administration's advocacy for these types of facilities. He also suggested that Rotellini's criticism was hypocritical because she accepted contributions from private-prison operators.[7]


General election polls

Arizona Attorney General, General election
Poll Mark Brnovich (R) Felecia Rotellini (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Moore Information
October 7-8, 2014
Arizona Free Enterprise Club
October 13-16, 2014
American Encore
October 20-22, 2014
AVERAGES 42.67% 39.67% 16.33% +/-4.47 500.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Primary polls

Arizona Attorney General, Republican primary
Poll Mark Brnovich Tom Horne*UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
AVERAGES 41% 30.33% 29% +/-3.82 698.67
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Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.


See also: Arizona Attorney General election, 2010

On October 27, 2009, she announced her candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, the seat that was being vacated by Democrat Terry Goddard, who ran for governor.[8]

Two days after Arizona voters went to the polls on Tuesday, August 24, David Lujan conceded to Rotellini after he realized "he could not make up the more than 1,400 votes he would need to take the lead in the three-way race."[9] Three months later, however, she lost in the general election on November 2 to Republican then-State Superintendent Tom Horne after receiving 48 percent of the vote.


General election
  • 2010 General Election
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[10]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Tom Horne 51.9%
     Democratic Party Felecia Rotellini 48.1%
Total Votes 1,677,668
  • 2010 Primary Race
2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Felecia Rotellini 41.5%
     Democratic Party David M. Lujan 40.7%
     Democratic Party Vince Rabago 17.8%
Total Votes 290,114

2010 donor controversy

During her 2010 campaign, Rotellini came under criticism for accepting contributions from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). The UFCW had been encouraging a boycott of Arizona products in response to the passage of SB 1070, a highly controversial anti-illegal immigration measure. Rotellini claimed to be unaware of the UFCW's actions.[12]

Campaign contributions


According to Follow the Money, Rotellini has raised $289,967 in 2010 for her state attorney general campaign as of September 20, 2010.[13]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
United Food & Commercial Workers - Local 99 $4,176
Arizona List $4,176
Arizona Association of Realtors $4,176
Teresa L. Hall $1,680
Felecia Ann Rotellini $1,428


Rotellini received the Excellence in Cooperative Law Enforcement Award from the United States Attorney's Office in 2009.

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Contact information


Campaign Address:
Felecia for Arizona
P.O Box 80025
Phoenix, Arizona 85060

Phone: (602) 345-0755
E-mail: info@FeleciaforArizona.com

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