John Nelson, Arizona Senator

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John Nelson
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Arizona State Senate District 12
Former member
In office
2009-January 10, 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
2001-2008
Mayor, City of Phoenix
Education
Bachelor'sIndiana Institute of Technology, 1959-1962
Master'sArizona State University, 1975
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 12, 1936
Place of birthAntigo, WI
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Nelson (b. January 12, 1936) is a former Republican member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 12 from 2009 to 2013. He served as Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, on the Phoenix City Council and in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 to 2008.

Nelson was listed on the 2012 candidate list as having withdrawn late.[1][2] Nelson's name still appeared on the ballot. His name also appeared on the official list of withdrawn candidates.[3]

Biography

Nelson earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology in 1962 and his M.P.A. in Public Administration from Arizona State University in 1975. His professional experience includes working as a registered professional engineer in Arizona and California, registered land surveyor in Arizona, civil engineer and supervisor for Tyson Engineering Service, civil engineer for the City of Phoenix from 1965 to 1972 and civil engineer and president of Coe and Van Loo Consultants Incorporated. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 and attained the rank of Corporal.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

See John Nelson's official website for a list of sponsored legislation.

Elections

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Nelson ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 13. He was running against incumbent Don Shooter in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Nelson is listed on the candidate list as having withdrawn late.[5][6] Nelson's name will still appear on the ballot. His name appears on the official list of withdrawn candidates.[7]

2010

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Nelson won re-election to the 12th District seat of the Arizona State Senate in 2010. He defeated Clark Silver and Eve Nunez in the August 24 primary. He then defeated Democrat Tyler Kissell and Libertarian Michael White in the November 2 general election.[8][9]

Arizona State Senate, District 12 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Nelson (R) 41,379
Tyler Kissell (D) 27,559
Michael White (L) 3,769
Arizona State Senate, District 12 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Nelson (R) 11,545
Clark Silver (R) 5,251
Eve Nunez (R) 3,592

2008

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008, Nelson was elected to the Arizona State Senate, District 12. He finished with 52,552 votes while his opponent Angela Cotera finished with 47,562. Nelson raised $46,521 for his campaign fund.

Arizona State Senate, District 12
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Nelson (R) 52,552
Angela Cotera (D) 47,562

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Nelson raised $78,005 in contributions.[10]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Phoenix Fire Fighters Local 493 $1,600
Salt River Project $1,000

2008

In 2008, Nelson raised $47,562 in campaign donations. His top five donors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Friends of John Nelson 2006 $40,631
Cox Communications $1,000
Arizona Association of Realtors $1,000
Phillip C. McCormac $780
Arizona Medical Association $700

Scorecards

Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

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.[12]

2012

Nelson received a score of 60 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 3 lower than his score on the 2011 report card. Nelson’s 60 in 2012 was tied for the 18th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.[12]

Personal

John and his wife, Monica, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Arizona State Senate District 12
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Andy Biggs (R)