Benjamin Quayle

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Benjamin Quayle
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U.S. House, Arizona, District 3
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDuke University
J.D.Vanderbilt University
Date of birthNovember 5, 1976
Place of birthFort Wayne, Indiana
ProfessionCo-Founder, Tynwald Capital
Campaign website
Benjamin Eugene "Ben" Quayle was a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 3rd congressional district from 2011 to 2013.

Due to redistricting, Quayle sought re-election in the Arizona's 6th District. He was defeated by fellow GOP incumbent David Schweikert in the August 28, 2012 primary.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Quayle was a "rank-and-file Republican".[2]


Quayle was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned a B.A. from Duke University in 1998 and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2002.[3]


Outside of public life, Quayle worked as a business owner and an attorney in private practice.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Quayle served on the following committees:[4]

  • Homeland Security Committee
    • Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
  • Science, Space, and Technology Committee
    • Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
    • Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, Chair


Campaign themes


Quayle's campaign website lists the following issues:[5]

  • Life
Excerpt: "I believe in the sanctity of life and am a defender of the Rule of Law, believing that judges should interpret the law and not legislate from the bench. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and have supported legislation to defund Planned Parenthood."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "Our Constitution is the cornerstone of our democracy. The right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected individual right. As a gun-owner, I do not support imposing criminal penalties on law-abiding citizens. I will always defend a person’s right to bear arms. Ben is a gun owner and card carrying NRA member."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "We need a responsible environmental policy that balances our need to conserve our environment for future generations and doesn’t hamper our economy with overreaching regulations. We need to have a rational environmental policy, not one that is arbitrary or based on emotion."
  • Card Check
Excerpt: "I oppose card check. Workers should have the right to a secret ballot and that right should be protected. I strongly oppose the Obama Administration’s lawsuit against Arizona’s constitutional amendment protecting workers’ secret ballot rights and support legislation to prohibit funding of this lawsuit."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Every child in America should have the opportunity to receive a quality education. Education is how America sustains its leadership position in the world. Instead of creating more federal programs, we should encourage more state and local control. I am a strong supporter of charter schools and the use of new innovations in education."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Quayle voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



See also: Arizona's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Quayle sought re-election in the Arizona's 6th District. He was defeated by fellow GOP incumbent David Schweikert in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary.[7]

According to the fiscal watchdog organization Club for Growth, the primary race between incumbents Quayle and Schweikert was the "most watched Republican congressional primary race in the country." Quayle appeared to be the favorite of Republican leadership, while Schweikert stood as a Tea Party favorite. Both representatives were new to the House and were running for re-election to their 2nd term in 2012. [8]


On November 2, 2010, Quayle won election to the United States House. He defeated Jon Hulburd (D), Michael Shoen (Libertarian), and Leonard Clark (Green) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, Arizona District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin Quayle 52.2% 108,689
     Democratic Jon Hulburd 41.1% 85,610
     Libertarian Michael Shoen 5% 10,478
     Green Leonard Clark 1.6% 3,294
Total Votes 208,071

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Quayle's reports.[10]

Benjamin Quayle (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 14, 2012$691,687.51$392,235$(111,620.98)$972,301.53
July Quarterly[12]July 14, 2012$972,301.53$530,453.27$(376,324.38)$1,126,430.42
Pre-Primary[13]August 16, 2012$1,126,430.42$189,285.19$(803,466.05)$512,249.56
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Quayle's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Quayle won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Quayle's campaign committee raised a total of $2,653,070 and spent $2,645,463.[14]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Quayle paid his congressional staff a total of $789,033 in 2011. He ranked 44th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 49th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranked 47th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Quayle's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $138,089 and $1,554,999. That averages to $846,544, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Quayle ranked 20th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[17]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Quayle was 1 of 10 members of congress who ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.[18]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Quayle voted with the Republican Party 92.4% of the time. This ranks 117th among the 242 Senate Republicans in 2011.[19]



Quayle was endorsed by John McCain in his primary battle with David Schweikert.[20]


Quayle has a wife, Tiffany.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Shadegg
U.S. House of Representatives - Arizona, District 3
Succeeded by
David Schweikert