Steve Gallardo

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Steve Gallardo
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Arizona State Senate District 29
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
State Senate Minority Whip
2013-present
Compensation
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
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
2003-2009
Personal
BirthdayOctober 25, 1968
Place of birthPhoenix, Arizona
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Steve Gallardo (b. October 25, 1968) is a Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

On October 29, 2013, Gallardo was elected State Senate Minority Whip.[1]

Gallardo served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009. During this time, he served as Minority Whip.

Gallardo has served in the following positions: Democratic Precinct Committee Member for the Starlight Precinct, First Vice Chairman for District 13 Democrats Committee, Arizona Senate of the Cartwright Elementary School District Board, and member of the Arizona State Democratic Committee.

Gallardo briefly ran for election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Arizona.[2] He dropped out of the race on May 20, 2014, to run for the Maricopa County Supervisor seat currently held by Mary Rose Wilcox.[3]

Gallardo came out as being gay on March 5, 2014, to a group of activists protesting SB 1062. The bill would have allowed business owners to discriminate against gays and transgender persons.[4]

About

Gallardo's professional experience includes working as a former Assistant Elections Director and Campaign Finance Administrator for Maricopa County.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Energy and Military
Elections
Judiciary
Audit

2011-2012

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

Issues

Senate Democratic leadership change-up

In an 8-5 vote on October 29, 2013, Senate Democrats ousted Leah Landrum Taylor as minority leader in favor of Anna Tovar, who had served as State Senate Minority Whip during the 2013 legislative session. The leadership change-up drew a heated reaction from several party members with Sens. Taylor, Linda Lopez, David Bradley, Olivia Cajero Bedford and Barbara McGuire reportedly storming from the room following the vote. The eight remaining caucus members then picked Lynne Pancrazi to serve as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader and Gallardo as State Senate Minority Whip. Following the meeting, Taylor — who is exploring a bid for Arizona Secretary of State in 2014 — expressed shock over her removal. The caucus had met with the purpose of replacing Lopez, who resigned her post as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader in order to focus on new job responsibilities. Taylor said the caucus had no cause to remove her from the minority leader position, adding that the vote was “the most blatant, racist, disrespectful move I’ve ever seen in my life.” According to Gallardo, who opened up the floor to elect a new minority leader, the decision wasn't personal, ."..it was just about the caucus wanting to go in a different direction." Tovar refuted Taylor's comments about the vote being over race. “I feel sorry she feels that way, because that is definitely not the case. If you look at me I’m a female and I’m a minority as well, and that was not the issue,” she said. According to reports, party members had called into question Taylor's effectiveness as a party leader while running for statewide office.[5][1][6]

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Gallardo ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 7th District. Gallardo withdrew from the race prior to the Democratic primary on August 26, 2014.[2][3]

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Gallardo won election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 29. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Arizona State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Gallardo Incumbent 100% 27,931
Total Votes 27,931

2010

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Gallardo won in the November 2 general election, unopposed.[9]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gallardo is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Gallardo raised a total of $148,432 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[10]

Steve Gallardo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 29 Won $26,415
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 13 Won $10,306
2008 Arizona State House, District 13 Won $41,714
2006 Arizona State House, District 13 Won $26,306
2004 Arizona State House, District 13 Won $30,186
2002 Arizona State House, District 13 Won $13,505
Grand Total Raised $148,432

2012

Gallardo won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gallardo raised a total of $26,415.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Gallardo's campaign in 2012
Communications Workers District 7$1,736
Food & Commercial Workers Local 99$1,736
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 469$1,000
Arizona Association Of Realtors$800
Arizona Education Association$750
Total Raised in 2012$26,415
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Gallardo won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Gallardo raised a total of $10,306.

2008

Gallardo won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Gallardo raised a total of $41,714.

2006

Gallardo won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Gallardo raised a total of $26,306.

2004

Gallardo won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Gallardo raised a total of $30,186.

2002

Gallardo won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Gallardo raised a total of $13,505.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[11]

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Lopez (D)
Arizona State Senate District 29
20201312–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Richard Miranda
Arizona State Senate District 13
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Don Shooter (R)