Rick Gray

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Rick Gray
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Arizona House of Representatives District 21
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
Majority Whip, Arizona House of Representatives
2013 - present
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 limitsFour consecutive terms
Bachelor'sGrace University
Place of birthOmaha, NE
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
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Rick Gray is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. In the 2013 session, Gray serves as Majority Whip. He has also served as precinct/state committeeman and vice chair for Republican Legislative District 9.


Gray earned his B.S. in Organizational Leadership/Biblical Studies from Grace University. His professional experience includes working as a small business owner.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Vice Chair
Capital Review
Income Tax Credit Review


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


Medicaid expansion lawsuit

See also: Can Arizona conservatives beat the clock to block Medicaid expansion from taking effect Jan. 1?

Rick Gray is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.[1]

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid.[2] She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.

By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013, deadline.[3]

The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years,"[1] according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.[4]

The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hoped to have expansion shut down before it officially went live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Esther Duran Lumm was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Rick Gray and Tony Rivero were unopposed in the Republican primary. Lumm, Gray and Rivero will face off in the general election. Bryan Hackbarth (R) was removed from the ballot before the primary, while Helmuth Hack (L) withdrew from the race.[5][6][7]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gray won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 21. He and incumbent Debbie Lesko ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Lesko Incumbent 30.1% 41,023
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Gray Incumbent 29.2% 39,791
     Democratic Carol Lokare 21.1% 28,715
     Democratic Sheri Van Horsen 19.7% 26,790
     Libertarian Helmuth Hack (Write-in) 0% 4
Total Votes 136,323


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gray and incumbent Debbie Lesko won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Democrat Shirley McAlister in the November 2 general election.[10][11]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 9 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Lesko (R) 32,423
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Gray (R) 28,459
Shirley McAlister (D) 20,249
Arizona House of Representatives, District 9 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Lesko (R) 13,638
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Gray (R) 8,558
Diane M. Douglas (R) 7,763

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gray is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gray raised a total of $69,047 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[12]

Rick Gray's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 21 Won $31,678
2010 Arizona State House, District 9 Won $37,369
Grand Total Raised $69,047


Gray won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gray raised a total of $31,678.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rick Gray's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West Capital$1,736
Arizona Association of Realtors$650
Cox Communications$500
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$500
Arizona Medical Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$31,678
Source:Follow the Money


Gray won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gray raised a total of $37,369.


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


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[13]

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