Arizona ALEC Politicians

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This is a partial list of Arizona politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Arizona Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Leo Biasiucci (R-05) former member[1]; attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Walter Blackman (R-06) membership up for renewal[1]
  • Rep. Shawnna Bolick (R-20) current member through 2022[1]; attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2][3], attended 2020 ALEC States and Nation Summit where she participated in "Tax and Fiscal Policy Subcommittee Meeting," "Workshop: New Education Polling Data with EdChoice", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "CARE Constituent Management Training", "Process Working Group," "Civil Justice Task Force Meeting," "Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19," "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz," "Training: TPUSA: Saving America’s Academic Institutions: One Student Regent at a Time. What They Are, Why They Matter, How You Can Help,"[4] "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream," "Education and Workforce Development Task Force Meeting," "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!," "Training: Digital Media: Applying Presidential Strategy To Legislative Races," "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz," "Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting," "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting"
  • Rep. Russel Bowers (R-25), Received a $10,000 scholarship from Reynolds to attend 2018 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]
  • Rep. Frank Carroll (R-22) current member through 2021[1]; [6]
  • Rep. Regina Cobb (R-5)former member[1]; attended 2018 ALEC annual meeting[7] registered for 2019 Alec Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. David Cook (R-08) current member through 2021[1]; [8] attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[9]
  • Rep. Tim Dunn (R-13) current member through 2021[1]; attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2][3]
  • Rep. John Fillmore (R-16), attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2][3]
  • Rep. Mark Finchem (R-11) current member through 2021[1]; [8] registered for 2019 Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Travis Grantham (R-12)former member[1];[8]
  • Rep. Gail Griffin (R-14); former member[1]; Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[10]Attended 2019 Meeting<refname= duceytweet/>[3]
  • Rep. John Kavanagh (R-23) current member through 2021[1]; attended 2018 ALEC Annual Meeting.[7] registered for 2019 annual meeting [3]
  • Rep. David Livingston (R-22) current member through 2022[1]
  • Rep. Becky Nutt (R-14) current member through 2021[1]; [8] attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[9]
  • Rep. Bret Roberts (R-11) membership up for renewal[1]; attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. T.J. Shope (R-08), ALEC State Chair; current member through 2021[1]; attended 2020 ALEC States and Nation Summit where he participated in "State Chair Meeting", "CARE Constituent Management Training", "Rural Caucus Meeting," "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!," "Training: Digital Media: Applying Presidential Strategy To Legislative Races," "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz," "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting" ; attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2][3]
  • Rep. Ben Toma (R-22) membership up for renewal[1];[8]Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[11][3]
  • Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-16)former member[1]; Registered for 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting,[3][12] attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[9]
  • Rep. Jeff Weninger (R-17) former member[1]; Registered for 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3] registered member

Senate

  • Sen. Sylvia Tenney Allen (R-6), Registered for 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3] registered member
  • Sen. Nancy Barto (R-15), attended 2020 ALEC States and Nation Summit where she participated in "Workshop: Growing Momentum for Personalize Health Care: Health Care Choices 2020," "Health and Human Services Task Force Meeting" ;Health and Human Services Task Force[10] Attended 2019 Meeting[11] and attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[9]
  • Sen. Sonny Borrelli (R-05) current member through 2021[1]
  • Sen. Paul Boyer (R-20)[13]
  • Sen. Karen Fann (R-1) membership up for renewal[1]; ALEC Board treasurer; attended 2020 ALEC States and Nation Summit where she participated in "State Chair Meeting", "CARE Constituent Management Training", "Workshop: AB5/ABC/Prop-22... What’s Happening, What’s Next and What you Need to Know in the States and DC?", "Rural Caucus Meeting", ; Registered for 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3][10]
  • Sen. Eddie Farnsworth (R-22); Civil Justice Task Force[10]
  • Sen. David Gowan (R-14) current member through 2022[1]; attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Sen. Rick Gray Majority Leader (R-21) current member through 2021[1]; former member of the Arizona House (R-21), Majority Whip; Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[10][14]
  • Sen. Sine Kerr (R-13) current member through 2021[1]; ALEC State Chair; attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2], attended 2020 ALEC States and Nation Summit where she participated in "Tax and Fiscal Policy Subcommittee Meeting," "State Chair Meeting," "Rural Caucus Meeting," "Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19," "Training: TPUSA: Saving America’s Academic Institutions: One Student Regent at a Time. What They Are, Why They Matter, How You Can Help,"[4] "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting," "CARE Constituent Management Training," "ALEC CONNECT Training"
  • Sen. Vince Leach (R-11) current member through 2021[1]; Registered for 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3][13]; attended 2020 ALEC States and Nation Summit where he participated in "Tax and Fiscal Policy Subcommittee Meeting," "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz," "Training: TPUSA: Saving America’s Academic Institutions: One Student Regent at a Time. What They Are, Why They Matter, How You Can Help,"[4] "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting," "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting,"
  • Sen. David Livingston (R-22)[15]
  • Sen. Javan Mesnard (R-17) former member[1];[10] Staff attended 2019 Annual ALEC Meeting[16][17]
  • Sen. Tyler Pace (R-25) membership up for renewal[1]
  • Sen. Frank Pratt (R-23) current member through 2021[1]; [18] Attended 2019 Annual meeting [3]
  • Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-23) membership up for renewal[1]; Registered for 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3] attended 2018 ALEC Annual Meeting[19]

Office of the Governor

  • Gov. Doug Ducey (R), attended 2019 Annual Meeting[2]

Arizona State Treasurer

Arizona Supreme Court

Office of the Courts

  • Jerry Landau, Government Affairs Director, "ALEC Government/Legislative Staff"[18]

Phoenix City Council

  • Councilman Sal DiCiccio (District 6)[20]

Buckeye City Council

  • Councilman Patrick HagEstad, City Council District 4, "ACCE Elected Official Non-Member" [18]

Maricopa County

  • John Allen, Treasurer (R) current ACCE Public Sector Member through 2021[1]; 2019 Arizona State Chair[13][21][3]

Former Representatives

Former Senators

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