Nancy G. McLain

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Nancy G. McLain
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Arizona House of Representatives District 3
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Date of birthJanuary 17, 1945
Place of birthDearborn, MI
ProfessionPresident, P.W. McClain, Incorporated
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Nancy G. McLain (b. January 17, 1945) is a former Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District from 2005 until 2013. McLain ran for the Arizona State Senate in District 5 in the 2012, but was defeated in the primary election by Kelli Ward.


McLain's professional experience includes serving as the President of P.W. McClain, Incorporated and accountant with Thrall, Lavanty and Baseel, Certified Public Accountants.

She served as Director of the Mohac County Republican Central Commission from 2003-2004 and Treasurer of the San Bernadino County Republican Central Committee, 1995-1998.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


McLain's answers to the Arizona State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are provided. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked her legislative priorities she replied:

"1)We must cut state spending in order to balance our budget. We have no more "gimmicks" to use. State spending has increased beyond what is necessary to provide basic government services. 2) Re-prioritize spending away from social programs to public safety and infrastructure -- the fundamental responsibilities of the state."[2]

McLain's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2106 - prohibit photo radar; state highways
  • HB 2130 - campaign finance reports; penalty
  • HB 2279 - state debt; expenditures; report
  • HB 2400 - partial-birth abortions; definition

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Nancy G. McLain endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]



This is a map of the 5th legislative district of Arizona before and after the 2010 redistricting. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the district.
See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

McLain ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 5. She and Sam Scarmardo were defeated by Kelli Ward in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012.[4][5]

Arizona State Senate, District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKelli Ward 42.2% 9,925
Sam Scarmardo 33.3% 7,832
Nancy McLain 24.5% 5,762
Total Votes 23,519


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

McLain won re-election to the 3rd District seat in 2010. She and fellow incumbent Doris Goodale won the August 24 primary election. They then won unopposed in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 3 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Doris Goodale (R) 11,189
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy G. McLain (R) 9,668
Ray Cullison, II (R) 8,673


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, McLain and Doris Goodale were elected to the 3rd District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponent Pamela Durbin (D).[8]

McLain raised $32,581 for the campaign, Goodale raised $42,267, and Durbin raised $34,892.[9]

Arizona State House, District 3 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Doris Goodale (R) 36,177
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy G. McLain (R) 37,815
Pamela Durbin (D) 24,698

Campaign donors


In 2010, McLain raised $25,204 in contributions.[10]

Her two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Arizona Association Of Realtors $1,500
Cox Communications $1,000


Below are McLain's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
AZ Assoc of Realtors $500
AZ Medical Assoc $500
AZ Dental Assoc $400
Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Assoc $390
Monique Culver $390


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.[12]


McLain received a score of 59 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of C+ according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 3 higher than her score on the 2011 report card. McLain’s 59 in 2012 was tied for the 36th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[12]


McLain has a husband, Paul.

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