John Kavanagh

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John Kavanagh
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Current candidacy
Running for Arizona State Senate, District 23
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Arizona House of Representatives District 23
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 7
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
Education
Bachelor'sNew York University
Master'sSaint John's University
Ph.D.Rutgers University
Personal
ProfessionProfessor
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Kavanagh is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Kavanagh is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 23 of the Arizona State Senate.

Biography

Kavanagh's professional experience includes working as a Professor of Criminal Justice and Director for the Administration of Justice Studies and Forensic Science Program at Scottsdale Community College.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair
Government
Budget, Chair
Capital Review, 2013 Vice Chair
Residual Contamination of Drug Properties

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

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.

Campaign themes

2012

Kavanagh's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • 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."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

John Kavanagh 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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,"[2] 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.[5]

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 State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate 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. Paula Pennypacker was unopposed in the Democratic primary. John Kavanagh defeated Jeff Schwartz in the Republican primary. Pennypacker will face Kavanagh in the general election.[6][7][8]

Arizona State Senate, District 23 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kavanagh 53.3% 17,227
Jeff Schwartz 46.7% 15,075
Total Votes 32,302

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

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 Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kavanagh Incumbent 50.6% 68,527
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Ugenti Incumbent 49.4% 66,827
Total Votes 135,354
Arizona House of Representatives, District 23 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kavanagh Incumbent 41.3% 20,922
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Ugenti Incumbent 35.7% 18,106
Jennifer Petersen 23% 11,672
Total Votes 50,700

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[11][12]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Kavanagh (R) 42,867
Green check mark transparent.png Michelle Ugenti (R) 38,055
John Kriekard (D) 28,084
Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Kavanagh (R) 17,256
Green check mark transparent.png 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

2008

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Kavanagh and Michele Reagan were elected to the 8th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponent Stephanie Rimmer (D).[13]

Kavanagh raised $72,786 for the campaign, Reagan raised $82,856, and Rimmer raised $73,382.[14]

Arizona State House, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michele Reagan (R) 54,780
Green check mark transparent.png John Kavanagh (R) 50,507
Stephanie Rimmer (D) 37,793

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kavanagh is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Kavanagh raised a total of $243,543 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[15]

John Kavanagh's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 23 Won $45,693
2010 Arizona State House, District 8 Won $39,343
2008 Arizona State House, District 8 Won $72,786
2006 Arizona State House, District 8 Won $85,721
Grand Total Raised $243,543

2012

Kavanagh won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kavanagh raised a total of $45,693.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Kavanagh's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,736
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,500
Salt River Project$800
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$500
Arizona Medical Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$45,693
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kavanagh won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kavanagh raised a total of $39,343.

2008

Kavanagh won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Kavanagh raised a total of $72,786.

2006

Kavanagh won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Kavanagh raised a total of $85,721.

Scorecards

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

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[16]

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.[16]

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.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Kavanagh endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [17]

Personal

Kavanagh and his wife, Linda, have two children.

Kavanagh 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.[18]

Controversies

Recall efforts

See also: John Kavanagh recall, Arizona House of Representatives (2013)

The group Raise The Bar Arizona started a recall campaign against Kavanagh in March 2013 for allegedly breaking his campaign promises. Supporters of the recall were required to collect 16,920 signatures by July 22, 2013 in order to force a recall election. There were no reports of the outcome of the signature drive, however, and the campaign was assumed to have been abandoned.[19]

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References

  1. votekavanagh.com, "Issues," accessed April 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
  3. Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Address," January 14, 2013
  4. AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
  5. Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
  6. Arizona Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary election results," accessed August 27, 2014
  7. Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election," May 28, 2014
  8. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed September 11, 2014
  9. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
  10. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  11. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
  12. Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  13. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 7, 2014
  14. Follow The Money, "Arizona House spending, 2008," accessed April 7, 2014
  15. followthemoney.org, "Kavanagh, John," accessed May 23, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
  17. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Arizona Elected Officials," February 2, 2012
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 7, 2014
  19. azcentral.com, "Recall effort launched against Rep. John Kavanagh," March 25, 2013