Richard Carmona

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Richard Carmona
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Arizona
Prior offices
Surgeon General of the United States
Bachelor'sUniversity of California at San Francisco
M.D.University of California at San Francisco
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
CitationsBronze Star (2), Purple Heart (2)
Date of birthNovember 22, 1949
Place of birthNew York, NY
Campaign website
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Richard Carmona was a 2012 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Arizona. He is a former Surgeon General of the United States.
Richard Carmona for Senate campaign logo.


Carmona is an Arizona attorney. He was born in New York City, but moved west to pursue higher education. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Francisco, where he also attended medical school. He is a decorated U.S. Army veteran and served as Surgeon General of the United States from 2002-2006.


  • Bachelor's degree - University of California at San Francisco
  • M.D. - University of California at San Francisco


Campaign themes


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

  • Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "The most important issue we face as a nation is strengthening our economy and creating jobs. Whether it ran Southern Arizona’s first trauma center, or helping run one of the world’s leading health and wellness companies, I’ve learned a few things about building a business and creating jobs."
  • Fixing a Broken Immigration System
Excerpt: "I have a unique perspective of the complexities of this issue – I’m Hispanic and have worked along the border as a deputy sheriff and doctor for more than 25 years. I’ve witnessed first hand how our nation’s immigration system is broken."
  • Balancing the Budget Responsibly
Excerpt: "We can’t afford for Washington to continue to play the same old political games with the budget. Just in the last year, we have seen repeated threats of government shut downs, gone to the brink of default and listened to overheated rhetoric that gets us nowhere."
  • Holding Washington Accountable
Excerpt: "Washington has proven over and over again that it is in need of adult supervision to do the right thing. As long as Congress can't responsibly reduce the budget deficit, I propose we cut their pay until they complete their jobs. And we ought to also freeze it until they do their job and balance the budget."
  • Preserving Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "While Social Security faces challenges in the future, we must approach it from a position of preserving, not destroying, this retirement security. This is a program that belongs to the American people – we all pay into it."



See also: Arizona Gubernatorial election, 2014

In early 2013, Carmona was considered a potential 2014 Democratic candidate for Governor of Arizona. Speculation about his campaign prospects in the race to succeed term-limited Republican incumbent Jan Brewer ended on March 17 when Carmona told an interviewer from 12 News that he had decided against a gubernatorial run, at least in the upcoming election.[2][3]


See also: United States Senate elections in Arizona, 2012

Carmona ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Arizona. Carmona ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012 Democratic primary. He was defeated by Jeff Flake (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4] Also in the race were Marc Victor (L) and Ian Gilyeat (I).[5][6]

U.S. Senate, Arizona General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Flake 49.2% 1,104,457
     Democratic Richard Carmona 46.2% 1,036,542
     Libertarian Marc Victor 4.6% 102,109
     Independent Steven Watts (Write-in) 0% 290
     Independent Don Manspeaker (Write-in) 0% 24
Total Votes 2,243,422
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Carmona did not win election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Carmona's campaign committee raised a total of $6,459,739 and spent $6,373,544.[7]



Richard Carmona vs. Richard Carmona
Poll Richard Carmona Richard CarmonaOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
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