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Bob Thorpe
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Arizona House of Representatives District 6
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
Office website
Bob Thorpe is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Thorpe's professional experience includes working as a published Constitutional author, lecturer and researcher.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Technology and Infrastructure, Vice Chair


Campaign themes

Thorpe's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt:"Arizonans need jobs and a growing economy in order to help our citizens, our families and the success of our great state."

Business Friendly

  • Excerpt:"Job-killing government regulations must end. Arizona businesses need a business friendly environment in order to expand existing Arizona businesses, to create new Arizona businesses and to encourage businesses to relocate to our great state."

Low Taxes

  • Excerpt:"Arizona businesses and families need the lowest possible taxes, that are spent responsibility and prudently by our city, county, state and federal governments."

Limited Government

  • Excerpt:"Arizonans requires a small, limited government that abides by its enumerated Constitutional powers and mandates, and abides by the will of its people. American free market capitalism is the very best path to our prosperity."


  • Excerpt:"Our schools need smaller administrative staffs and smaller overhead costs. Our terrific teachers need good salaries and rewards for their hard work and commitment to their student's quality education."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

Bob Thorpe 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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,"[3] 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.[6]

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.



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Lanny Morrison was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton were unopposed in the Republican primary. Morrison, Thorpe and Barton will face off in the general election.[7][8][9]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Thorpe won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 6. He and incumbent Brenda Barton ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Thorpe 27.6% 42,675
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Barton Incumbent 26.6% 41,122
     Democratic Angela Lefevre 23.5% 36,302
     Democratic Doug Ballard 22.2% 34,274
Total Votes 154,373

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thorpe is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Thorpe raised a total of $36,928 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[12]

Bob Thorpe's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 6 Won $36,928
Grand Total Raised $36,928


Thorpe won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Thorpe raised a total of $36,928.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bob Thorpe's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$35,888
Stavely, Gaylord$150
Stavely, Joy$150
Celnik, Aron$150
Green, Denny$150
Total Raised in 2012$36,928
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on ASBA's legislative priority bills.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
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.[13]

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.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.

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