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Schapira was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010.  He instead sought election to the district 17 seat of the [[Arizona State Senate]].  He defeated Democratic [[Wendy Rogers]], Libertarian [[Garrett Chartier-Dickie]], and Green Party candidate [[Grand Pa Goshorn]] in the November 2 general election.<ref>[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AZ/22333/36968/en/summary.html General election results]</ref>
Schapira was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010.  He instead sought election to the district 17 seat of the [[Arizona State Senate]].  He defeated Democratic [[Wendy Rogers]], Libertarian [[Garrett Chartier-Dickie]], and Green Party candidate [[Grand Pa Goshorn]] in the November 2 general election.<ref>[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AZ/22333/36968/en/summary.html ''Arizona Secretary of State'', "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013]</ref>
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David Schapira
David Schapira.gif
Arizona State Senate District 17
Former officeholder
In office
January 10, 2011-January 10, 2013
Minority Leader, Arizona State Senate
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 2, 2010
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University, 2001
Date of birthFebruary 17, 1980
Place of birthMesa, AZ
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
David Schapira (b. February 17, 1980) was a Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate and served as State Senate Minority Leader. He was elected in 2010 and represented the 17th district until 2013. He is a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing the 17th District from 2007 to 2011.

Schapira is the owner of Democracy Online Campaigns. He has previously worked as a high school teacher, political consultant, and aide to Senator Tom Daschle.

He was once a staff member of the American Cancer Society and is currently a member of the Key Club and Kiwanis Youth Group.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schapira served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Rural Issues, Education and Natural Resources


Schapira's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2292 - compulsory attendance; age; increase
  • HB 2299 - smoking in vehicle with minors
  • HB 2383 - election day voter registration
  • HB 2544 - schools; sex education

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Campaign themes


Schapira's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Sustainability
Excerpt: "Arizona’s greatest resource is the beauty and diversity of its land. David has a strong record of supporting environmental standards that keep our air, land and water clean. During his service in the Arizona State Legislature, David earned an “A” grade every year from both the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "The middle class is the engine that drives our economy. In order to create jobs, we have to create demand, and that demand comes from the purchasing power of middle class families. Waiting for the “trickle-down” effect of tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires is not the solution to getting our economy back on track."
  • Education
Excerpt: "The strength of America’s economy tomorrow will be shaped by the investment that we make as a nation today. As a former teacher, David has dedicated his life to the belief that every student should have access to quality education, regardless of race, socio-economic status or where they live. For the first time in history, this generation of students will be less educated than their parents."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "For too long, Washington D.C. has used the healthcare debate to increase the profits of insurance companies on the back of working families across America. David, a cancer survivor, understands the challenges that face middle class Americans struggling with health issues, and knows that Congress can do better than line the pockets of insurance companies. "
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "Social Security and Medicare not only represent a sacred promise made to all Americans who have been in the workforce; they are also critical to the economic health of our nation. We must stop those who seek to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher system."

Campaign themes


Schapira's website lists the following issues:

  • Education
Excerpt: "We must invest in education. It's the best economic development tool for our state's future. In order to improve student outcomes we need smaller class sizes, more access to modern teaching tools and technologies, and competitive wages that attract and retain the best teachers."
  • Our Economy
Excerpt: "Small business is the backbone of our state. As a small business owner, David understands what it takes to build something from nothing. He also knows that businesses are the building blocks of a solid economy."
  • Your Right to Know
Excerpt: "David will continue his fight to bring the happenings at the state capitol into the daylight. The cigar-filled backrooms do exist, and David is working to swing open the doors because he believes that you have a right to know what your representatives do."[3]



See also: Arizona's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Schapira ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 9th District. He was defeated by Kyrsten Sinema in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012.[4][5]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Schapira was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead sought election to the district 17 seat of the Arizona State Senate. He defeated Democratic Wendy Rogers, Libertarian Garrett Chartier-Dickie, and Green Party candidate Grand Pa Goshorn in the November 2 general election.[6]

Arizona State Senate, District 17 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Schapira (D) 21,783
Wendy Rogers (R) 18,827
Garrett Chartier-Dickie (L) 1,277
Grand Pa Goshorn (G) 784


On November 4, 2008, Schapira and Ed Ableser were elected to the 17th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents Mark Thompson (R) and Wes Waddle (R).[7]

Schapira raised $45,888 for the campaign, Ableser raised $48,652, Thompson raised $35,895, and Waddle raised $41,613.[8]

Arizona State House, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Ableser (D) 30,467
Green check mark transparent.png David Schapira (D) 33,210
Mark Thompson (R) 23,437
Wes Waddle (R) 18,461

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 Schapira's reports.[9]

David Schapira (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$0$131,802.36$(70,000.19)$61,802.17
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$61,802.17$72,666.17$(91,107.73)$43,360.61
Pre-Primary[12]August 16, 2012$43,360.61$33,420$(62,717.97)$14,062.64
Running totals


In 2010, Schapira raised $40,068 in contributions. [13]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $35,798 to his campaign.


Below are Schapira's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[14]

Contributor 2008 total
Public Fund $42,048
Christine Thompson $130
Mark Harrison $130
Edith Schapira $130
Robin Constance $130


Schapira and his wife Rosemary have one child.


Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

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.[15]


Schapira received a score of 41 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of D- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 11 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Schapira’s 41 in 2012 was the 29th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.[15]

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Preceded by
Meg Burton Cahill
Arizona State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Steve Yarbrough (R)
Preceded by
Arizona State House District 17
Succeeded by
P. Ben Arredondo