|Arizona House of Representatives District 12|
|January 7, 2013-Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|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 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Petersen served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Government, Vice Chair|
|• Ways and Means|
Petersen's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Job Growth
- Excerpt: "It’s time to put Arizona back to work. I will work hard to create an environment that will grow and attract jobs. Industrious states are prosperous states. I will be a leader that promotes hard work, innovation and ingenuity. I will support legislation that provides certainty to businesses so that they will have the confidence to invest in Arizona."
- Protecting Families and Small Businesses
- Excerpt: "I will work tirelessly to protect families. The family is the thread of our society. Strong families make strong communities. I am a pro-life candidate that believes our first inalienable right is that to life. Legislation should be supportive of the family unit and not discourage the union of husband and wife."
- Fiscal Discipline
- Excerpt: "Arizona is suffering from years of poor fiscal decisions. It is time for the State to run the same way a good business or home is run. We must spend less than we bring in. We need to understand the difference between needs and wants. I will support a zero base budget."
- Public Safety
- Excerpt: "One of the most important roles of the government is to protect the safety of it's citizens. Counties and communities deserve honest and competent police and fire officials. State laws and agencies must allow the local communities to do their jobs. State agencies that require redundant or obsolete certifications may need to be eliminated."
- Excerpt: "Arizona businesses need an educated and skilled work force. We should make sure we are always providing useful and relevant education so that Arizona citizens will be hired for high paying jobs. When it comes to priority of funds, we need to make sure that more money makes it to our children and their teachers in the classroom."
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Warren Petersen 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.
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. 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.
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," 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.
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, hope to have expansion shut down before it officially goes live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.
Petersen won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 12. He and incumbent Eddie Farnsworth defeated Larry Chesley in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Eddie Farnsworth Incumbent||50.6%||53,925|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 12 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Eddie Farnsworth Incumbent||41.2%||14,816|
Comprehensive donor information for Petersen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Petersen raised a total of $69,060 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Warren Petersen's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 12||$69,060|
|Grand Total Raised||$69,060|
2012Petersen won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Petersen raised a total of $69,060.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Warren Petersen's campaign in 2012|
|Petersen, Ammon B||$1,004|
|Total Raised in 2012||$69,060|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Peteresen and his wife, Michelle, have five children.
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- Arizona House of Representatives
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- Office website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Facebook page
- YouTube channel
- Campaign Contributions: 2012
- votewarrenpetersen.com "Issues," accessed April 7, 2014
- Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "Petersen, Warren," accessed May 22, 2013
- Project Vote Smart "Biography," accessed April 7, 2014