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John Christopher Ackerley

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John "Chris" Ackerley
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Arizona House of Representatives, District 2
In office
January 5, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 0
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 electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour terms (8 years)
High schoolGreen Fields High School (1990)
Bachelor'sNorthern Arizona University (1999)
ProfessionHigh School Teacher
Office website

John "Chris" Ackerley is a Republican member-elect of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Ackerley earned his B.S. in Physical Science from Northern Arizona University in 1999. His professional experience includes working as a physics and math teacher at Amphi High School.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Ackerley served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2015
Children and Family Affairs
Government and Higher Education, Vice chair
Transportation and Infrastructure


Campaign themes


Ackerley's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Strengthen Public Education

  • Honest Assessment
  • Simplify School Funding
  • Get Resources to the Classroom
  • Community Involvement


  • Responsible and Accountable Economic Development
  • Work with Counties, Cities and Towns
  • A Border that Works



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbents Demion Clinco and Rosanna Gabaldon were unopposed in the Democratic primary. John Christopher Ackerley was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gabaldon and Ackerley defeated Clinco in the general election.[2][3][4]

Arizona House of Representatives District 2, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRosanna Gabaldón Incumbent 36.6% 21,200
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Christopher Ackerley 33.9% 19,656
     Democratic Demion Clinco Incumbent 29.5% 17,080
Total Votes 57,936


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ackerley ran in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 2. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He was defeated in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Dalessandro 35.8% 28,266
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRosanna Gabaldon 34.3% 27,081
     Republican John Christopher Ackerley 30% 23,677
Total Votes 79,024


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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Ackerley lives in Sahuarita with his wife Melissa, and their children Evan and Ella.[1]

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