|Arizona House of Representatives District 23|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||6|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||New York University|
|Master's||Saint John's University|
Kavanagh works as a Professor of Criminal Justice at Scottsdale Community College, and also serves as Director for the Administration of Justice Studies and Forensic Science Program.
He is a member of the American Legion, Civic Association, Community Center Volunteers, Fountain Hills Republican Club, Friends of the Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, Scottsdale Republican Forum, and the Senior Services Board of Directors. 
Kavanagh's sponsored bills include:
- HB 2026 - peace officers; firearms; school grounds
- HB 2031 - schools; contractors; fingerprint clearance cards
- HB 2400 - partial-birth abortions; definition
- HB 2439 - concealed weapons permit; safety course
For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kavanagh served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations, Chair|
|• Budget, Chair|
|• Capital Review, 2013 Vice Chair|
|• Residual Contamination of Drug Properties|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kavanagh served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Appropriations, Chair|
|• Employment and Regulatory Affairs|
|• Capital Review, Vice Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kavanagh served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Appropriations, Chair|
Kavanagh's campaign website lists the following issues:
- No Tax Increases
- Excerpt: "Representative Kavanagh opposes tax increases. In these difficult economic times government must allow the people to keep as much of their money as possible. Taking money from the private sector to unreasonably grow government will only slow down the recovery."
- Jobs Creation
- Excerpt: "Representative Kavanagh helped write and supported individual and business tax cuts and other incentives to stimulate the economy and create more jobs. These policies have made Arizona's economic comeback amoung the fastest in the nation."
- Fiscal Conservative
- Excerpt: "Representative Kavanagh is a strong fiscal conservative. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, he crafted budgets that cut over $3 billion in government spending and has opposed tax increases."
- Stop Illegal Immigration
- Excerpt: "Representative Kavanagh co-sponsored and helped write SB1070, Arizona's tough anti-illegal immigration law. Kavanagh also wrote the law requiring that all levels of government check for proof of legal presence before issuing anyone a license of any type"
- Quality Education
- Excerpt: "Representative Kavanagh believes that educationis the foundation of our future and should be properly funded with accountability and enforced standards. Whed education funding needed to be reduced due to the recession, Kavanagh kept most cuts out of the classroom."
Kavanagh won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 23. He and incumbent Michelle Ugenti defeated Jennifer Petersen in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 23, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John Kavanagh Incumbent||50.6%||68,527|
|Republican||Michele Ugenti Incumbent||49.4%||66,827|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 23 Republican Primary, 2012|
|John Kavanagh Incumbent||41.3%||20,922|
|Michelle Ugenti Incumbent||35.7%||18,106|
Kavanagh won re-election to the 8th district seat in 2010. He and Michelle Ugenti won the August 24 primary election. They then defeated Democrat John Kriekard in the November 2 general election.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 General Election (2010)|
|John Kavanagh (R)||42,867|
|Michelle Ugenti (R)||38,055|
|John Kriekard (D)||28,084|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 Republican Primary (2010)|
|John Kavanagh (R)||17,256|
|Michelle Ugenti (R)||9,146|
|Michael Blaire (R)||5,680|
|Paula Pennypacker (R)||5,657|
|Ray Mahoubi (R)||2,582|
|Eric Ulis (R)||2,570|
Kavanagh raised $72,786 for the campaign, Reagan raised $82,856, and Rimmer raised $73,382.
|Arizona State House, District 8 (2008)|
|Michele Reagan (R)||54,780|
|John Kavanagh (R)||50,507|
|Stephanie Rimmer (D)||37,793|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Kavanagh raised $39,343 in contributions. 
His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $35,798 to his campaign.
Below are Kavanagh's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Steven Calder Barclay||$130|
|Michael Preston Green||$130|
|Royce T Flora||$130|
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Kavanagh received a score of 70 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of A- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 5 lower than his score on the 2011 report card. Kavanagh’s 70 in 2012 was tied for the 4th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "John + Kavanagh + Arizona + House"
- House turns to Medicaid proposal - azcentral
- Arizona May Deny Transgender People Basic Right to Use Public Bathrooms - Socialist Alternative
- Scrutiny of Scottsdale residential treatment center grows as more teens run away - azcentral.com
- Arizona Senate backs Medicaid expansion - azcentral.com
- State budget battle looms - KVOA Tucson News
- Arizona pensions not easily reined in - azcentral
- Medicaid Expansion Plans Stall As GOP Governors, Legislators Are Locked In ... - Huffington Post
- Medicaid Options: Brewer says only 1 choice is viable, but key Republicans balk - Arizona Capitol Times
- Congressional immigration debate signals big shift - Arizona Capitol Times
- Adjustment to Downtown Fund use - FH Times
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Kavanagh and his wife Linda have two children.
- John Kavanagh's campaign website
- Arizona House of Representatives - Representative John Kavanagh
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Kavanagh
- ↑ Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Arizona Elected Officials," February 2, 2012
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State - Primary candidate list
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Primary results
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ 2008 general election results, Arizona
- ↑ Arizona House spending, 2008
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
|Arizona State House District 23
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|Arizona State House District 8
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