Felecia Rotellini

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Felicia Rotellini
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Candidate for
Attorney General of Arizona
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 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 is a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Arizona in 2014.

She ran unsuccessfully for the office in 2010, losing to Tom Horne (R) in the general election.[1] Rotellini is a prosecutor 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]


  • 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 Superintendent to join the Phoenix law firm of Zwillinger & Greek PC.[2]


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.[3]

Other roles

  • Trustee, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix Foundation (1990-2002)

Elections & Appointments


See also: Arizona attorney general election, 2014

On February 25, 2013, Rotellini confirmed reports that she is running for attorney general of Arizona in 2014.[1][4] Rotellini is uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Rotellini previously ran for attorney general in 2010. She finished second, behind current incumbent AG Tom Horne (R) in the general election.

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.[5]

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 blight, in addition to his rumored extra-marital affair with a staffer, led Horne to forgo his long-anticipated gubernatorial campaign in favor of seeking another term in his current post.[6] 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, faces 2010 Arizona Gubernatorial nominee and Assistant Attorney General Felecia Rotellini in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]

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 bodes well for as a fundraiser and thus her chances in the race to succeed Horne as Arizona's chief legal official.[6]


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
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.


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.[7]

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."[8] Three months later, however, she lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 to Republican State Superintendent Tom Horne after receiving forty-eight percent of the vote.

  • 2012 General Election
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[9]
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[10]
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

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.[11]

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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