|Arizona House of Representatives District 6|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|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|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Arizona House of Representatives District 5|
|Place of birth||Graham County, AZ|
|Profession||Real Estate Agent|
Barton attended Eastern Arizona College and graduated from the Dodie London Excellence in Public Service Series. Her professional experience includes working as a real estate agent.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Barton served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture and Water, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Barton served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Water|
|• Energy and Natural Resources|
|• Health and Human Services|
Barton's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt:"I pledge to resist legislation that increases the financial burden on the residents of Arizona during difficult economic times."
- Excerpt:"I believe in increasing the usage of all domestic energy resources, including nuclear, natural gas, and coal as needed."
- Excerpt:"I believe in the sovereignty and security of Arizona, and will resist measures and efforts of the federal government which encroach beyond the limits set by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States."
- Excerpt:"In keeping with the Arizona Constitution, I pledge to maintain a balanced budget and to insure that state government lives within its means, and to resist efforts to inflate state government beyond the needs of the people of Arizona."
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Barton received a score of 63 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 3 higher than her score on the 2011 report card. Barton’s 63 in 2012 was tied for the 23rd highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Brenda Barton 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.
Barton won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 6. She and Bob Thorpe ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 General Election (2010)|
|Brenda Barton (R)||32,884|
|Chester Crandell (R)||30,890|
|Bill Shumway (D)||17,478|
|Prescott Winslow (D)||15,489|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Brenda Barton (R)||10,696|
|Chester Crandell (R)||9,311|
|Keith Alexander (R)||7,541|
Comprehensive donor information for Barton is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Barton raised a total of $71,679 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Brenda Barton's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 6||$32,409|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 5||$39,270|
|Grand Total Raised||$71,679|
2012Barton won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Barton raised a total of $32,409.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Brenda Barton's campaign in 2012|
|Arizona Association Of Realtors||$1,400|
|Salt River Project||$600|
|Mingus Mountain Republican Club||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$32,409|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Barton won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Barton raised a total of $39,270.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Brenda Barton's campaign in 2010|
|Barton, Kathryn Allen||$140|
|Van Borssum, Lesley||$140|
|Tenny, L M||$140|
|Total Raised in 2010||$39,270|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Barton and her husband Bruce have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Brenda + Barton + Arizona + House" Brenda Barton News Feed
- 'Enough With The Excuses' - Payson Roundup
- Governor Still Links Scores, Funding - Payson Roundup
- City Council wants state gas tax funds restored - Arizona Daily Sun
- TCCA Jazz Concert coming Jan. 26 - Payson Roundup
- 2013: The Year In Review, Part II - AzJournal.com
- Official campaign website
- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Brenda Barton on Facebook
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- "barton4az," Official Campaign Website
- Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- 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
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "Barton, Brenda," accessed May 22, 2013