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John McComish
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Arizona State Senate District 20
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2013
Years in position 4
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
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sColgate University, 1965
Date of birthFebruary 11, 1943
Place of birthYoungstown, OH
ProfessionInstructor, Maricopa Community College System
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
John McComish (b. February 11, 1943) is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate. He was elected in 2010 and represents the 20th district. He is a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing the 20th District from 2005 to 2011.

McComish is an instructor at Maricopa Community College. He has previously served as President of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, owner of the Little Professor Book Store, Vice President of Becton Dickinson, and national sales manager for Johnson and Johnson.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McComish has been appointed to these committees:


Campaign Themes

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

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt:"McComish looks forward to continuing his efforts on behalf of the constituents of District 20 to make Arizona one of the most competitive and business friendly states in the country."

Budget and Regulation

  • Excerpt:"McComish understands that government must leave a light footprint and will continue to fight to remove burdensome and unnecessary government regulations."


McComish's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2073 - state equalization property tax repeal.
  • HB 2286 - tax credit; charitable organizations
  • HB 2400 - partial-birth abortions; definition
  • HB 2564 - abortion

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

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John McComish endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]


McComish did not provide answers to the 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. His answers to the Arizona State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test are available, but he did not provide a response when asked his legislative priorities.[4]



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

McComish ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 18. He ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

McComish was eligible but did not seeking re-election in 2010. He instead won election to the district 20 seat of the Arizona State Senate. He ran unopposed.[7]


On November 4, 2008, McComish and Rae Waters were elected to the 20th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponent Jeff Dial (R).[8]

McComish raised $62,915 for the campaign, Waters raised $61,595, and Dial raised $101,903.[9]

Arizona State House, District 20 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rae Waters (D) 37,639
Green check mark transparent.png John McComish (R) 39,820
Jeff Dial (R) 36,964

Campaign donors


In 2010, McComish raised $54,634 in contributions. [10]

No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.


Below are McComish's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
Salt River Valley Water Users Assoc $580
AZ Medical Assoc $580
Wells Fargo $500
AZ Assoc of Realtors $500
Rose & Harry Papp $390


McComish and his wife Karen have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Huppenthal
Arizona State Senate District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arizona State House District 20
Succeeded by
Jeff Dial