Andy Tobin

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Andy Tobin
Andy Tobin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
51st Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 1st district
Personal details
Born (1958-06-27) June 27, 1958 (age 56)
New York City, New York
Political party Republican
Residence Paulden, Arizona

Andrew M. Tobin (born June 27, 1958)[1] is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives from the state's 1st district, who currently serves as the Speaker.[2] He is currently running for Congress in Arizona's 1st congressional district.[3]

Personal[edit]

Tobin was born in New York City. He is the son of a retired New York City Police Lieutenant, and the grandson of Irish Immigrants. He is the second of six children.[4]

Tobin moved to Arizona in 1979 and worked in banking and real estate lending for 13 years in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. He moved to Dewey 16 years ago and started his own employee benefit company, known as TLC Employee Benefits and Consulting. He specializes in insurance, marketing and public relations.[4]

Tobin owned and operated a local Farmers Insurance for six years. He was also CEO of a local aerospace company employing 200 people for three years until 2003.[4]

Tobin was elected the national president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce from 1988–1989. In that capacity Tobin served as ex-officio board member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation. As president of the United States Junior Chamber, Tobin lobbied the Reagan Administration and later the Bush Administration for passage of the Line-Item Veto and a Balanced Budget Amendment.[4]

Politics[edit]

Arizona Legislature[edit]

Tobin was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006.[4] He was subsequently reelected in 2008 and 2010.

Tobin was one of 14 Arizona lawmakers investigated for accepting gifts from Fiesta Bowl lobbyists in 2009, which is prohibited by state statutes. He was not charged with any crime.[5]

Tobin has served as House Majority Whip and House Majority Leader. In 2011, he was elected Speaker.[2]

2014 congressional campaign[edit]

Speaker Tobin speaking at a rally in August 2014.

Tobin is running for Congress in Arizona's 1st congressional district, challenging Representative Ann Kirkpatrick.[3] He has been endorsed by Mitt Romney.[6]

On August 26, 2014, Tobin faced off against State Rep. Adam Kwasman and rancher Gary Kiehne in the Republican primary. According to Politico, Tobin was seen as the moderate candidate.[7] The race was initially too close to call.[8] Election results were finalized and Tobin was officially declared the primary's winner on September 2, when Kiehne conceded the race.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Tobin and his wife Jennifer have five children. They have lived in their home in Paulden since 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biographical Profile for Andy Tobin". VoteAZ. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Tobin picked as new Arizona House speaker
  3. ^ a b Sanders, Rebekah (3 October 2013). "Tobin set to seek Kirkpatrick’s seat". AZCentral.com. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Andy Tobin Member Page". AZleg.gov. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Pitzl, Mary Jo (12 March 2012). "Disclosure laws debate after Fiesta scandal at a standstill". AZCentral.com. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Sanders, Rebekah (24 April 2014). "Romney endorses Congress candidate Tobin". AZCentral.com. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Isenstadt, Alex; Shepard, Steven (2014-08-26). "GOP bigwigs try to influence Arizona race". Politico. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "U.S. REP. IN CONGRESS - DIST. 1 (REP)". Primary Election Results. Arizona Secretary of State. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Delreal, Jose (9-2-2014). "Establishment-backedAndy Tobin wins Arizona primary". Politico. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Andy Tobin official site of the Arizona House of Representatives