Mark Cardenas

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Mark Cardenas
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Arizona House of Representatives District 19
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
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 limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Campaign website
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Mark A. Cardenas is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cardenas served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs
Ways and Means


Campaign themes


Cardenas's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Using our budget surplus to restore funding to schools and universities, ensuring our kids have a better chance of succeeding"
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Change the emphasis from offering tax breaks to out of state businesses and allow local businesses the first chance to obtain financial incentives "
  • Safety and Health
Excerpt: "Refuse to allow budget cuts to Child Protective Services to protect our kids"
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Form partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs and organizations such as the VFW to reduce the high number of disability claims "



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbent Mark Cardenas and Diego Espinoza were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Sophia Johnson is unopposed in the Republican primary. Cardenas, Espinoza and Johnson will face off in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cardenas won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 19. He and Lupe Contreras defeated Bryan Kilgore, and Lorenzo Sierra in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012.[4][5] He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLupe Chavira Contreras 50.7% 23,674
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark A. Candenas 49.3% 23,007
Total Votes 46,681
Arizona House of Representatives, District 19 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Cardenas 30.6% 3,005
Green check mark transparent.pngLupe Contreras 26.1% 2,566
Lorenzo Sierra 24.8% 2,433
Bryan Kilgore 18.6% 1,824
Total Votes 9,828

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cardenas is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cardenas raised a total of $22,925 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[7]

Mark Cardenas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 19 Won $22,925
Grand Total Raised $22,925


Cardenas won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cardenas raised a total of $22,925.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Cardenas's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$21,535
Gallego, Ruben$150
Bailey, Aaron$150
Gallego, Kate$150
Richardson, Genevra C$150
Total Raised in 2012$22,925
Source:Follow the Money


In 2012, Cardenas' endorsements included the following:[8]

  • City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
  • State house Minority Leader Chad Campbell (District 14)
  • State house Minority Whip Anna Tovar (District 13)
  • State representative Martin Quezada (District 13)
  • State representative Ruben Gallego (District 16)
  • State representative Katie Hobbs (District 15)
  • Former state senator Kyrsten Sinema (District 15)
  • U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva
  • City of Phoenix Councilmember Michael Nowakowski
  • City of Phoenix Councilmember Daniel Valenzuela
  • City of Phoenix Councilmember Bill Gates
  • Mayor of Tolleson Adolfo Gamez
  • City of Tolleson Councilmember Juan F. Rodriguez
  • City of Tolleson Councilmember Diego Espinoza
  • City of Tolleson Councilmember Clorinda Erives
  • United Food and Commerical Workers Local 99
  • Daniel Ortega Jr. - Attorney
  • Avondale Elementary School District Boardmember Roy Garza
  • Alhambra Elementary School District Boardmember Adam Lopez Falk
  • Arizona Education Association
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 359
  • United Transportation Union
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Communication Workers of America - Arizona Council


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[9]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[9]

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