Lori Klein

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Lori Klein
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Arizona State Senate District 6
Former member
In office
January 10, 2011-January 10, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Campaign website
Lori Klein is a former Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 6 from 2011 to 2013. She was a 2012 candidate for Arizona House of Representatives District 1, but was defeated in the August 28, 2012, primary.

Klein served as a Precinct Committee Member of the Arizona Republican Party.


Klein's professional experience includes working as the Executive Director/Director of Public Affairs for the Arizona School Choice Trust in 1998, Executive Director for the Taxpayer Protection Alliance from 1999 to 2000, National Director of Development for Americans for Fair Taxation from 2002 to 2006, Executive Director/Spokesperson for Proposition 207 in 2006, Executive Director/Director of Development for Medical Choice for Arizona (Proposition 101) in 2008 and owner of Lori Klein and Associates.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Health and Welfare


Campaign themes


Klein's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "I oppose increasing taxes on Arizona’s hardworking families or businesses. As I promised during the 2010 election, I have been working to reduce our tax burden so we can get our economy growing again and get our employers hiring again."
  • Private Property Rights And Public Lands
Excerpt: "As a board member of the Orange Coalition, a grassroots Private Property Rights organization, and as the former Executive Director of Proposition 207 that, in 2008, gave Arizona the best private property rights law in the country, you can count on me to look after your rights and to protect you from any government efforts to encroach on your property rights."
  • Life & Family Issues
Excerpt: "I am 100% pro-life and pro-family. I believe that we need to protect life at every stage, and promote adoption and abortion alternatives to encourage a culture of life. I believe in marriage between one man and one woman and that the family is the fundamental building block of society."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "Our Constitution is clear, yet politicians continue to try to ignore, “Shall Not Be Infringed. ” I have a 100% pro-second amendment voting record and I will continue to protect and restore your right to legally keep and bear arms, without exception."
  • Our Constitution & Arizona's States Rights
Excerpt: "I have the most conservative voting record of any legislator in the district and you can count on me to always protect our U.S. and Arizona Constitutions. I will also continue to work to reassert our state’s rights as defined in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Klein ran in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 1. She was defeated by incumbents Karen Fann and Andy Tobin in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Redistricting moved Senator Klein's home into the same district as Senate President Steve Pierce. Rather than face him, she decided to run in the Arizona House of Representatives. As a result, she lost the Republican primary to incumbents Andy Tobin and Karen Fann.[4]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Tobin Incumbent 41% 22,167
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Fann Incumbent 33.5% 18,142
Lori Klein 25.5% 13,781
Total Votes 54,090


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Klein ran in the 2010 election for Arizona State Senate District 6. She defeated incumbent Republican David Braswell in the August 24 primary by a margin of 10,846-8,324. Klein then defeated Pat Flickner in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

Arizona State Senate, District 6 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lori Klein (R) 38,999
Pat Flickner (D) 19,190
Arizona State Senate, District 6 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lori Klein (R) 10,846
David Braswell (R) 8,324

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Klein is one of the 7 Republican challengers who defeated an incumbent Republican state senator.

Campaign donors


In 2010, Klein raised $51,244 in contributions.[7]

Her two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Arizona Chamber Of Commerce & Industry $1,664
Cox Communications $1,000


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.[8]


Klein received a score of 71 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of A- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was the same as her score on the 2011 report card. Klein’s 71 in 2012 was tied for the 6th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.[8]


Klein has three children.


Handgun pointing

Klein has been accused of intentionally pointing a loaded handgun at reporter Richard Ruelas of The Arizona Republic during an interview with him. Klein stated that she did not point the weapon at Ruelas, but that he sat down on a couch that happened to be in the gun's laser sight line. Regardless of how the incident played out, Klein broke no laws or chamber rules, only the most basic of gun safety rules. In Arizona senators can carry guns into the Capitol, although the public does not have the right to do so.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Braswell
Arizona State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Chester Crandell (R)