Mark Brnovich

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Mark Brnovich
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Attorney General of Arizona
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Horne (R)
Compensation
Base salary$90,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Director of Arizona Department of Gaming
2009-2013
Education
Bachelor'sArizona State University
J.D.University of San Diego School of Law
Personal
ProfessionPolicy analyst
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Brnovich is the current Republican Attorney General of Arizona. He was elected in the 2014 elections and sworn into office on January 5, 2015, for a four-year term expiring in January 2019.[1][2]

Brnovich succeeded one-term incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne (R). Brnovich unseated Horne in the August 26 GOP primary before defeating Felecia Rotellini (D) and Anthony Camboni (write-in) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

Biography

Brnovich earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Brnovich was in charge of the state department of gaming for Arizona from 2009 to 2013, when he resigned in anticipation of running for attorney general in 2014. experience has not been limited to state government, however. Brnovich previously worked for the high-profile conservative Goldwater Institute as well as the private-prison firm Corrections Corporation of America.[2]

Education

  • Bachelor degree in political science - Arizona State University
  • Juris Doctor - University of San Diego School of Law

Political career

Arizona Attorney General (2015 - present)

Brnovich has served as attorney general since January 5, 2015. He succeeded one-term incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne (R). Brnovich unseated Horne in the GOP primary and won the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]

Elections & Appointments

2014

See also: Arizona attorney general election, 2014

Brnovich announced his candidacy for Attorney General of Arizona on October 2, 2013. He defeated incumbent Tom Horne in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014, and overtook two opponents, Felecia Rotellini (D) and Anthony Camboni (write-in), in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary election
Arizona Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Brnovich 53.7% 279,855
Tom Horne Incumbent 46.3% 240,858
Total Votes 520,713
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.
General election
Attorney General of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Brnovich 52.9% 782,361
     Democratic Felecia Rotellini 47.1% 696,054
     Nonpartisan Anthony Camboni (Write-in) 0% 265
Total Votes 1,478,680
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

Race background

Incumbent Tom Horne, a Republican first elected in 2010, lost his bid for renomination in the August 26 Republican primary, creating an open seat race for the general election.[5]

Midway through his first term as attorney general, Horne found himself the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation stemming from an alleged hit-and-run incident. This investigation along with a rumored extra-marital affair led Horne to forgo his long-anticipated gubernatorial campaign in favor of seeking another term in his current post.[6] These scandals led Governing to rate Arizona's attorney general seat as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in the 2014 elections.

Horne's controversy-riddled first term gave way to the incumbent's six-point ousting by sole Republican challenger Mark Brnovich in the party's primary. Brnovich, the former director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, faced 2010 gubernatorial candidate and Assistant Attorney General Felecia Rotellini in the general election.[5]

Although Arizona tends to vote Republican, especially at the state level, Democrats placed considerable hopes in Rotellini early on in the election season. Rotellini's background as superintendent of the state Department of Financial Institutions signaled to party leaders that she had strong potential as a fundraiser and thus a chance in the race to succeed Horne as Arizona's chief legal official.[6] She was ultimately defeated by Brnovich, ensuring the attorney general's office would remain under Republican control.

Endorsements

Felecia Rotellini earned the endorsement of the Arizona Daily Star prior to the general election.[7]

Debates

September 30 debate

Mark Brnovich (R) and Felecia Rotellini (D) faced off over prosecuting experience and private persons during a debate hosted by public affairs program Arizona Horizon. Brnovich criticized Rotellini's lack of experience as prosecutor while highlighting his past work as a county prosecutor and assistant U.S. Attorney. Rotellini countered that Brnovich did not understand that the attorney general's office doesn't handle prosecutions, which are handled by county attorneys.[8]

Rotellini criticized Brnovich's efforts to bring ideology to the office as well as his support for private prisons. She also argued that his advocacy for pro-life positions was an unnecessary distraction for anyone aspiring to the office. Brnovich reacted by pointing out the lack of partisan divide over private prisons, citing the Obama administration's advocacy for these types of facilities. He also suggested that Rotellini's criticism was hypocritical because she accepted contributions from private-prison operators.[8]

Polls

General election polls

Arizona Attorney General, General election
Poll Mark Brnovich (R) Felecia Rotellini (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Moore Information
October 7-8, 2014
39%42%19%+/-4.9400
Arizona Free Enterprise Club
October 13-16, 2014
48%39%13%+/-4.5500
American Encore
October 20-22, 2014
41%38%17%+/-4601
AVERAGES 42.67% 39.67% 16.33% +/-4.47 500.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Primary polls

Arizona Attorney General, Republican primary
Poll Mark Brnovich Tom Horne*UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
39%25%36%+/-4.02593
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
44%29%27%+/-4.0691
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
40%37%24%+/-3.44812
AVERAGES 41% 30.33% 29% +/-3.82 698.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Horne (R)
Arizona Attorney General
2015–present
Succeeded by
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