Leah Landrum Taylor

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Leah Landrum-Taylor
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Arizona State Senate District 27
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Leader, Arizona State Senate
2013
Assistant Minority Leader, Arizona State Senate
2011-2013
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
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
1999-2005
Education
Bachelor'sArizona State University, 1989
Master'sArizona State University, 1991
Personal
BirthdayAugust 23, 1966
Place of birthPhoenix, AZ
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Leah Landrum-Taylor (b. August 23, 1966) is a Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 27. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. In the 2013 session, Landrum-Taylor served as Minority Leader, but was ousted from the post during a caucus vote on October 29, 2013.[1] She previously served as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader.

Biography

Landrum-Taylor earned her B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1989, her M.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1991 and attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her professional experience includes working as a business owner since 1996, as Adjunct Faculty for Maricopa Community College and as the Founder, Vice-President of Landrum Foundation and Senior Adviser to the Arizona Children's Association.

Landrum-Taylor began her political career as a Committee-person for Sierra Vista Precinct in 1995. In 1997 she became Vice-Chair of District 23 Democrats.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Landrum-Taylor served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Rules
Adjudication Monitoring
Capital Review
DES Block Grants
K-12 School District Receivership Study

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Senate Democratic leadership change-up

In an 8-5 vote on October 29, 2013, Senate Democrats ousted Taylor as State Senate Minority Leader in favor of Anna Tovar, who had served as State Senate Minority Whip during the 2013 legislative session. The leadership change-up drew a heated reaction from several party members with Sens. Taylor, Linda Lopez, David Bradley, Olivia Cajero Bedford and Barbara McGuire reportedly storming from the room following the vote. The eight remaining caucus members then picked Lynne Pancrazi to serve as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader and Steve Gallardo as State Senate Minority Whip. Following the meeting, Taylor — who is exploring a bid for Arizona Secretary of State in 2014 — expressed shock over her removal. The caucus had met with the purpose of replacing Lopez, who resigned her post as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader in order to focus on new job responsibilities. Taylor said the caucus had no cause to remove her from the minority leader position, adding that the vote was “the most blatant, racist, disrespectful move I’ve ever seen in my life.” According to Gallardo, who opened up the floor to elect a new minority leader, the decision wasn't personal, ."..it was just about the caucus wanting to go in a different direction." Tovar refuted Taylor's comments about the vote being over race. “I feel sorry she feels that way, because that is definitely not the case. If you look at me I’m a female and I’m a minority as well, and that was not the issue,” she said. According to reports, party members had called into question Taylor's effectiveness as a party leader if running for statewide office.[2][1][3]

See Leah Landrun-Taylor's official website for a list of sponsored legislation.

Campaign themes

2012

Landrum-Taylor's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Education
Excerpt: "As once a member of the Education Accountability and Reform Committee, I have fought hard to keep funding for education. During the most recent session, I’ve been a fighter for full-day Kindergarten"
  • Jobs/Economic Development
Excerpt: "Arizona’s unemployment rate is currently an astronomical 8.6%. Job creation needs to be at the forefront of our legislative efforts as unemployment has a detrimental effect on families across the State."
  • Veterans and Jobs
Excerpt: "As veterans have fought for our nation’s security and continue to be pillars of our community, I firmly believes it is important to support our veterans as they are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan."
  • Affordable Housing for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren
Excerpt: "With the opening of the special housing community, Grand Families Place of Phoenix, the second of its kind in the nation, Phoenix has become a pioneer in helping families stay together with securing affordable housing for grandparents and their grandchildren."
  • Foster Care/Adoption Issues
Excerpt: "In an effort to truly address issues related to foster care and adoption, I have brought together local, state and national leaders to develop various initiatives. Most recently, I worked with the business and faith community in the creation of a Suitcase Initiative for young adults aging out of the foster care system."

Elections

2014

In April 2013, Taylor formed an exploratory committee for a 2014 run for Arizona Secretary of State.[5]

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Landrum-Taylor ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 27. She defeated Victor Jett Contreras in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Arizona State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeah Landrum Incumbent 76.2% 33,137
     Republican Sarah Coleman 23.8% 10,333
Total Votes 43,470
Arizona State Senate, District 27 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeah Landrum-Taylor Incumbent 60.9% 5,516
Victor Jett Contreras 39.1% 3,546
Total Votes 9,062

2010

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Landrum-Taylor sought re-election to the 16th District seat in 2010. She defeated Victor Jett Contreras is the primary and won election in the November 2 general election with no opposition.[8][9]

Arizona State Senate, District 16 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Leah Landrum-Taylor (D) 5,101
Victor Jett Contreras (D) 3,681

2008

In 2008 Taylor was re-elected to the Arizona State Senate, District 16. She finished with 33,368 votes while her opponent Daniel Veres finished with 12,149.[10] Taylor raised $35,013 for her campaign funds.

Arizona State Senate, District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Leah Landrum-Taylor (D) 33,368
Daniel Veres 12,149

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Landrum-Taylor is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $211,841 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[11]

Leah Landrum-Taylor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 27 Won $27,248
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 16 Won $35,447
2008 Arizona State Senate, District 16 Won $35,013
2006 Arizona State Senate, District 16 Won $32,833
2004 Arizona State House, District 16 Won $20,850
2002 Arizona State House, District 16 Won $18,320
2000 Arizona State House, District 23 Won $26,666
1998 Arizona State House, District 23 Won $9,281
1996 Arizona State House, District 23 Defeated $6,183
Grand Total Raised $211,841

2012

Landrum-Taylor won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $27,248.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Leah Landrum Taylor's campaign in 2012
Food & Commercial Workers Local 99$1,736
Arizona List$1,500
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,500
Arizona Education Association$1,000
Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants$834
Total Raised in 2012$27,248
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Landrum-Taylor won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $35,447.

2008

Landrum-Taylor won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $35,013.

2006

Landrum-Taylor won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $32,833.

2004

Landrum-Taylor won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $20,850.

2002

Landrum-Taylor won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $18,320.

2000

Landrum-Taylor won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $26,666.

1998

Landrum-Taylor won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $9,281.

1996

Landrum-Taylor lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Landrum-Taylor raised a total of $6,183.

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[12]

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[12]

Personal

Leah and her husband, Gregory, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Olivia Cajero Bedford (D)
Arizona State Senate District 27
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Arizona State Senate District 16
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Rich Crandall (R)