|Arizona House of Representatives District 25|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|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 general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||Arizona State University|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Olson earned his B.S. from Arizona State University. His professional experience includes working as congressional aid for the office of Congressman Trent Franks of the United States House of Representatives and as a senior research analyst for the Arizona Tax Research Association.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations, Vice Chair|
|• Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Olson served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Employment and Regulatory Affairs, Vice Chair|
|• Ways and Means|
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.
Olson received a score of 69 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B+ according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 2 lower than his score on the 2011 report card. Olson’s 69 in 2012 was tied for the 7th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Justin Olson 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.
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. 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.
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," 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.
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, hope to have expansion shut down before it officially goes live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.
Olson won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 25. He and incumbent Justin Pierce ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 19 General Election (2010)|
|Kirk Adams (R)||33,972|
|Justin Olson (R)||31,513|
|Kit Filbey (D)||19,866|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 19 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Justin Olson (R)||10,783|
|Kirk Adams (R)||10,722|
|Scott Perkinson (R)||8,646|
Comprehensive donor information for Olson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Olson raised a total of $56,192 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.
|Justin Olson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 25||$31,817|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 19||$24,375|
|Grand Total Raised||$56,192|
2012Olson won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $31,817.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Justin Olson's campaign in 2012|
|Pinnacle West Capital||$1,736|
|Salt River Valley Water Users Association||$900|
|Arizona Association Of Realtors||$800|
|Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$31,817|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Olson won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $24,375.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Justin Olson's campaign in 2010|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$1,664|
|Arizona Credit Union League||$410|
|Home Builders Association of Central Arizona||$410|
|Total Raised in 2010||$24,375|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Franks' endorsements included the following: Trent Franks, U.S. Congressman (R-AZ) "Justin is the right choice. His conservative credentials are tried and true. Justin’s views are documented by an extensive record of public statements and published research. Justin will protect your tax dollars. He will be a voice for fiscal responsibility. He will support pro-growth policies that will strengthen our economy. The Democrats in Washington have launched a full-scale assault on the limited-government principles that have made our nation great. We must elect experienced conservatives like Justin to our state legislature to defend the state's rights and protect our freedoms."
Chuck Gray, State Senator "Justin is exceptionally well prepared to serve in the Legislature. Justin has spent years on the front lines defending the citizens of Arizona against government intrusion and excessive taxes. He is an expert on public finance and the state budget. With the state’s ongoing structural deficit as the major crisis of our day, legislators with Justin’s knowledge and experience are needed now more than ever! Please join me in voting for Justin on Election Day."
Rusty Bowers, Former State Legislator "Justin has my full support and confidence. Voters deserve a principled leader of his caliber. Justin is trustworthy, honest, and well-respected. He has the character and experience to make a real difference in state politics. Mesa will be well-served with Justin in the Legislature."
Russell Pearce, State Senator "I have worked with Justin at the Capitol and have admired his personal conviction for limited government, the rule of law and his love of this Republic. We need those that are vigilant in the defense of liberty, our Constitutional Republic and our Founding principles. I completely and without hesitation support Justin Olson. If you are a taxpayer and you want a friend at the capitol, vote for Justin"
Laurin Hendrix, State Representative
Sylvia Allen, State Senator
Linda Gray, State Senator
Judy Burges, State Representative
Janie Thom, Former Mesa City Councilwoman, CAWCD Board Member
Stan Turley, Former State Legislator
Pat Oldroyd, LD19 Republican Chair
Chuck Daggs, Former LD19 Republican Chairman
Deborrah Miller, LD19 Republican State Committeewoman
Dan Grimm, LD19 Republican 2nd Vice Chairman
Bill Whitehead, LD19 Republican 3rd Vice Chairman
Brandon Trichel, LD19 Republican 3rd Vice Chairman and State Committeeman
Shane Wikfors, Founder of www.sonoranalliance.com and LD19 Republican Precinct Committeeman
Jerry Walker Committee, Arizona House of Representatives]] of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board
Verna Nichols, LD19 Republican Precinct Committeeman
Olson and his wife, Karyn, have four children.
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- Arizona House of Representatives
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- Justin Olson's campaign website
- House website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Arizona Elected Officials," February 2, 2012
- Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "Olson, Justin," accessed May 23, 2013