P. Ben Arredondo
|P. Ben Arredondo|
|Arizona House of Representatives District 17|
|January 10, 2011-October 5, 2012|
|January 10, 2013|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||Arizona State University|
|Master's||Arizona State University|
|Place of birth||Mesa, AZ|
Arredondo attended Mesa Community College. He then earned his Administrative Certificate from Arizona State University. He went on to receive a bachelor's in Elementary Education/Physical Education from Arizona State University. Arredondo then earned his MA in Health/Community Safety.
Arredondo is a former teacher/football coach/wrestling coach at Mesa High School.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Arredondo served on these committees:
- Government Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Higher Education, Innovation and Reform Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
Arredondo and incumbent Ed Ableser were unopposed in the August 24 primary. They defeated Republicans Donald Hawker and Steve May, Libertarians Cristian Dumitrescu and Damian Trabel, and Green Party candidate Gregor Knauer in the November 2 general election.
In 2010, Arredondo raised $41,714 in contributions. 
His two largest contributors were:
|American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees||$1,000|
|Arizona Education Association||$1,000|
Fiesta Bowl scandal
Arredondo is one of 29 Arizona legislators (20 Republicans and 9 Democrats) who accepted illegal gifts from the Fiesta Bowl in the form of all-expense paid trips and free football tickets. He ranks fourth in the amount received, $13,678, with over $11,000 in tickets to various bowl games.
Federal indictment charges
On May 16, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment against Arredondo, charging him with bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and making false statements. According to the indictment, between February 2009 and November 2010, Arredondo accepted and solicited things of value from undercover FBI agents posing as representatives for a company seeking to acquire property owned by the city of Tempe for real estate development. The charges allege Arredondo received over $6,000 in tickets for sporting and other events, in exchange for which he agreed to use his power as a Tempe City Councilman and member of the Arizona House of Representatives to help them acquire the property.
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.
Arredondo received a score of 37 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of F+ according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 12 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Arredondo’s X in 2012 was tied for the 56th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
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Arredondo has a wife, Ruthann.
- House website
- Project Vote Smart Biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- ↑ Arizona Legislature "Member Roster" Accessed October 10, 2012
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Azcentral.com, "Fiesta Bowl fiasco a bipartisan affair," July 1, 2011
- ↑ KPHO, "AZ legislator faces federal indictment charges," May 16, 2012
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
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