Paul Gosar

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Paul Gosar
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U.S. House, Arizona, District 1
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCreighton University, 1981
OtherDDS, Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry, 1985
Date of birthOctober 27, 1958
Place of birthRock Springs, WY
ProfessionOwner, Dentistry Practice
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Gosar (b. October 27, 1958) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 1st congressional district. Gosar was first elected to the House in 2010.

Due to redistricting, Gosar ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 4th District. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gosar is a "rank-and-file Republican".[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Gosar's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1981: Graduated from Creighton University with B.S.
  • 1985: Graduated from Creighton University with D.D.S.
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Arizona

Committee assignments

U.S. House


  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
    • Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management
    • Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives, Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations


Campaign themes


Gosar's campaign website lists the following issues:[4]

  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "As a gun owner and member of the NRA, I have done and will do everything I can to ensure that the federal government does not infringe on the right to bear arms. The right to bear arms is not only enjoyed by millions of Americans for recreation, but our Founders recognized that it was critical to include this right as the Second Amendment to our Constitution in order to allow individuals to protect themselves, their families, and properties."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "As a health care provider for over twenty-five years and a member of the Doctors Caucus, Dr.Gosar has lead the charge in the House to reform the health care system and put forth free market solutions to increase access and decrease costs to the consumer."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "We must work together to restore common sense, no-nonsense values back to Washington before we loose this Republic all together."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "The Federal Government has completely failed its constitutional, legal and moral duty to secure our borders. As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations, Dr. Gosar has held the Obama Administration’s feet to the fire over its failures to protect the citizens of Arizona and our country"
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Energy independence is a must. It is a matter of national security. Arizona is rich with natural resources and has diverse climates that make our state well-equipped for an energy driven economic recovery."



See also: Arizona's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Gosar ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 4th District. He defeated Ron Gould and Rick Murphy in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He then defeated Johnnie Robinson (D), Joe Pamelia (L), and Richard Grayson (Americans Elect) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]


On November 2, 2010, Gosar won election to the United States House. He defeated Ann Kirkpatrick and Nicole Pattiin the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gosar 49.7% 112,816
     Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick Incumbent 43.7% 99,233
     Libertarian Nicole Patti 6.6% 14,869
Total Votes 226,918

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Gosar's reports.[9]

Paul Gosar (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$256,044.18$115,078.65$(36,759.66)$334,363.17
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$334,363.17$184,444.67$(71,726.80)$447,081.04
Pre-Primary[12]August 16, 2012$447,081.04$84,560$(181,720.47)$349,920.57
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Gosar's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Gosar won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Gosar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,169,026 and spent $1,168,287.[13]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gosar paid his congressional staff a total of $829,222 in 2011. He ranks 67th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 75th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranks 47th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gosar's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $515,003 and $1,449,999. That averages to $982,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[15]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Gosar votes with the Republican Party 93.6% of the time. This ranks 84th among the 242 Senate Republicans in 2011.[16]


Gosar and his wife, Maude, have three children.

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Ann Kirkpatrick
U.S. House - Arizona District 1
Succeeded by