|U.S. House, Arizona, District 9|
|Mayor, Paradise Valley|
|J.D.||Georgetown School of Law|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
Parker resigned from his seat on the Paradise Valley City Council in early September 2012 to focus on his congressional run. He was elected to a four-year term earlier this year.
Parker's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Economic Recovery
- Excerpt: "Americans deserve the opportunity to have a job and provide for their family. The Obama Administration is stifling private sector economic growth and denying Americans an opportunity to work. We need tax cuts, not deficit spending, to unleash growth in America."
- Excerpt: "The U.S. national debt stands at more that $15 trillion, and Parker is committed to making the government live within its means just like he did in Paradise Valley. We cannot continue to drown our children and grandchildren in a sea of debt, and Parker will oppose any efforts to raise the federal government’s “credit card” limit. "
- Excerpt: "We need leaders who will insist that border security is a national security problem for the United States. We must enforce our laws against employers who hire illegal aliens and eliminate the lawlessness along our border. By securing the California and Texas border, the federal government effectively funneled the majority of drug and human trafficking into Arizona."
- Excerpt: "Parker took the bus across town to attend a better high school, put himself through Long Beach State and earned a J.D. from Georgetown. He knows the difference an education can make, and he wants all students to have the same opportunity to change their own lives."
- Sanctity of Life
- Excerpt: " I believe all life – particularly that of the unborn – is sacred and deserves our protection. "
Parker ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 9th District. He defeated Leah Campos Schandlbauer, Travis Grantham, Lisa Borowsky, Wendy Rogers, Martin Sepulveda and Jeff Thompson in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He lost to Kyrsten Sinema (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained a Libertarian candidate who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Powell Gammill took in over 7,300 more votes than the number that separated Sinema and Parker.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 9 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Vernon B. Parker||44.6%||111,630|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 9, 2012 - Vernon Parker Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$2,167,384|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$2,118,461|
|Top contributors to Vernon Parker's campaign committee|
|Valente & Assoc||$13,980|
|Londen Insurance Group||$13,500|
|Continuing a Majority Party Action Cmte||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Parker and his wife, Lisa, have two children.
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- Azcentral, "Congress hopeful Parker resigns PV council post," September 8, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," August 28, 2012
- Associated Press, "Primary results," August 28, 2012
- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- National Journal, "Krysten Sinema Winner in Arizona's 9th District," November 13, 2012
- Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Vernon Parker 2012 Election Cycle,," accessed March 19, 2013
- Campaign website, endorsement
- Biography from Project Vote Smart