John Allen

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John Allen
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Arizona House of Representatives District 15
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.
Bachelor'sArizona State University
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Campaign website
John Allen is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance and Retirement, Vice Chair
Audit, Vice Chair


Campaign themes


Allen's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "Arizona’s government spending, like most other states and the Federal government, has far outpaced normal revenue growth. If not for raising taxes and sweeping money from funds set-aside for other responsibilities, the state would be close to bankrupt."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Spending on education has grown over the past 20 years to the highest levels in state history and is the largest single expenditure in the state budget. Yet the testing of students show that outputs are unchanged or worse."
  • Foster Care
Excerpt: "Children in the foster care system have the State standing in for their parents. Most, if not all, come from very sad situations and many have been irreparably harmed. We can do more for them. We must find ways to incentivize our culture toward helping these most vulnerable children. It is too simple to say that all that is needed is more money."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "We are a country of immigrants and a state of migrants. We are a welcoming people and culture. But there are some rules; like the family that loves its neighbors but still has a fence around the yard and locks on the doors, because they want to say who comes in and why. It was my bill that would have used the National Guard troops to close the border, but was vetoed by Governor Napolitano."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Arizona has been a growth state since WWII, for many reasons including that we have been a state where it is easy to set up shop, find good employees, and move goods and services with ease. In the recent past our government has elevated the amount of regulation and business taxes to deal with problems that mostly do not exist."

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

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

John Allen 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.



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Allen won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 15. Allen and incumbent Heather Carter defeated James Bearup and incumbent David Smith in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Carter 39.3% 50,716
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Allen 36.1% 46,612
     Democratic Patricia Flickner 24.6% 31,775
Total Votes 129,103

Arizona House of Representatives, District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Carter Incumbent 39.6% 13,196
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Allen 23.5% 7,813
David Smith Incumbent 22.2% 7,397
James Bearup 14.7% 4,895
Total Votes 33,301

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Allen is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Allen raised a total of $191,703 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[7]

John Allen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 15 Won $17,276
2008 Arizona Corporation Commissioner Defeated $94,123
2006 Arizona State House, District 11 Defeated $16,580
2004 Arizona State House, District 11 Won $29,825
2002 Arizona State House, District 11 Won $24,283
2000 Arizona State House, District 28 Defeated $9,616
Grand Total Raised $191,703


Allen won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $17,276.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Allen's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,736
Arizona Medical Association$500
Curry, Ann$424
Malinski, Mitch$424
Saufferer, Warren$424
Total Raised in 2012$17,276
Source:Follow the Money


Allen lost the election for the Arizona Corporation Commissioner in 2008. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $94,123.


Allen lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $16,580.


Allen won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $29,825.


Allen won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $24,283.


Allen lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $9,616.


Allen and his wife, Tina, have three children.[8]

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