T.J. Shope

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T.J. Shope
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Arizona House of Representatives District 8
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
High schoolCoolidge High School
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas "T.J." Shope, Jr. is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Shope studied at Central Arizona College and Arizona State University.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Water
Commerce, Vice Chair
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Carmen Casillas is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Frank Pratt and T.J. Shope will face Wayne Bachmann and Darla Dawald in the Republican primary.[2]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shope won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 8. He and incumbent Frank Pratt won in the August 28, 2012 Republican primary. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Pratt Incumbent 27.6% 24,195
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas "T.J." Shope 25.2% 22,102
     Democratic Ernest Bustamante 24.3% 21,258
     Democratic Emily Verdugo 22.9% 20,102
Total Votes 87,657

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shope is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Shope raised a total of $34,623 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[6]

T.J. Shope's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 8 Won $34,623
Grand Total Raised $34,623


Shope won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Shope raised a total of $34,623.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to T.J. Shope's campaign in 2012
Shope Jr, Thomas R$1,075
Shope, Luz$1,024
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,000
Shope Sr, Thomas R$969
Bnsf Railway$750
Total Raised in 2012$34,623
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[7]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[7]

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