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Adam Kwasman
Adam Kwasman.gif
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Arizona District 1
Date of primaryAugust 26, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Arizona House of Representatives District 11
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
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 primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Adam Kwasman campaign logo
Adam Kwasman is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Kwasman sought election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Arizona in 2014. He was the first Republican to announce his entry into the race.[1] Kwasman faces Gary Kiehne and Andy Tobin in the primary on August 26, 2014. The winner will face incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick in November. Arizona's 1st Congressional District race is a battleground in 2014.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means, Vice Chair


Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Adam Kwasman 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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,"[2] 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.[5]

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.

Campaign themes


Kwasman's campaign website lists the following issues:[6]

  • Creating Jobs: "The best way to create good paying jobs for Arizona’s families is to foster a business-friendly environment that attracts world-class industries and encourages local companies to increase their investment in our economy. We must have a competitive and jobs-friendly tax structure coupled with regulatory reform."
  • The Navajo Generating Station : "The NGS and Kayenta Mine provide thousands of jobs and have a long term multi-billion dollar impact, while providing affordable energy throughout Arizona. Their future is endangered by radical bureaucrats in the Obama Administration’s EPA. The priority for any representative from this district must be saving the Navajo Generating Station from closure."
  • Health Care: "Obamacare is a monstrosity and must be repealed. It raises taxes, creates uncertainty in the marketplace and has prevented employers from hiring, cuts a quarter trillion dollars from Medicare and puts medical decisions in the hands of unelected bureaucrats while premiums skyrocket. Worse, it will not improve outcomes for patients."
  • Government Spending: "We must get government spending under control and balance our budget. Fiscal responsibility and reducing the size and scope of government will be my top priorities."
  • Taxes: "Our current tax code harms the economy, burdens families, and is riddled with special interest loopholes. We need real tax reform to make our system fairer, simpler, and grow our economy."


—Adam Kwasman's campaign website, http://www.adamkwasman.com/congress/kwasman-on-the-issues/




See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Kwasman ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 1st District. Kwasman sought the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Migrant children comment

Kwasman mistook a bus of YMCA campers for an expected group of immigrant children being moved to a shelter in Oracle, AZ. Upon seeing the bus Kwasman tweeted, "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law." He then told a reporter, "I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces.... This is not compassion." When he was informed of his blunder, he apologized "I apologize, I didn't know. I was leaving when I saw them."[8][9]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kwasman won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 11. He and incumbent Steve Smith ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won election in the general election on November 6, 2012, receiving the second-most votes.[10][11] The Arizona House employs "bloc with partial abstention" multi-member districts, electing two state representatives per district.[12]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Smith 36.7% 44,928
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kwasman 34.1% 41,732
     Democratic Dave Joseph 29.2% 35,707
Total Votes 122,367

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kwasman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kwasman raised a total of $53,934 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[13]

Adam Kwasman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 11 Won $53,934
Grand Total Raised $53,934


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kwasman's reports.


Kwasman won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kwasman raised a total of $53,934.


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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[17]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
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Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
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Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[17]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to small business.
Legislators are scored on "their support of principles of limited constitutional government."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
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Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.


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  1. Roll Call, "Kirkpatrick Gets First GOP Challenger #AZ01," July 8, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
  3. Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Address," January 14, 2013
  4. Howard Fischer, Yuma Sun, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
  5. Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
  6. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 10, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Azcentral, "Arizona politician mistakes YMCA campers for migrant children," July 16, 2014
  9. Daily KOS, "Anti-immigrant Arizona Republican saddened by refugee kids ... from YMCA camp," July 16, 2014
  10. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
  11. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  12. Vermont Legislative Research Service, "The Pros and Cons of Multi-Member Districts," accessed July 17, 2014
  13. followthemoney.org, "Kwasman, Adam," accessed May 22, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Adam Kwasman Year-End," accessed February 7, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Adam Kwasman April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Adam Kwasman July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014