Paul Gosar

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Paul Gosar
Paul Gosar Official Portrait c. 2012.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 4th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Ed Pastor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Ann Kirkpatrick
Succeeded by Ann Kirkpatrick
Personal details
Born Paul Anthony Gosar
(1958-11-27) November 27, 1958 (age 55)[1]
Rock Springs, Wyoming, U.S.[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maude Gosar (3 children)
Residence Flagstaff, Arizona (1985-2012)
Prescott, Arizona (2012-present)
Alma mater Creighton University, (B.S., 1981)
Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry, (D.D.S., 1985)
Profession Dentist
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Website Congressman Paul Gosar

Paul Anthony Gosar[2] (born November 27, 1958) is an American politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona since 2011, representing Arizona's 4th congressional district. The district includes most of the rural western portion of the state, as well as a few outer suburbs of Phoenix. He represented the neighboring 1st district during his first term. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and dentist career[edit]

Gosar was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of Bernadette M. (née Erramouspe) and Antone John "Tony" Gosar. His paternal grandparents were Slovenian and his maternal grandparents were Basque immigrants from Banca, France.[3] He is the older brother of Pete Gosar, a former college football player at the University of Wyoming, who made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic Party nomination for the office of Governor of Wyoming in 2010.[4]

Gosar earned his D.D.S. from Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry and owned his own dentistry practice in Flagstaff for 25 years. He was the Arizona Dental Association's “Dentist of the Year” in 2001, has been inducted into the ADA Hall of Fame, and served as their President. He was also President of the Northern Arizona Dental Society and the Vice-Chair of the ADA Council on Governmental Affairs.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010

In 2009, Gosar--who had never run for elected office before--announced he would challenge Democratic incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick in the 1st district in the 2010 elections. Gosar has been identified as a Tea Party candidate by The New York Times because the Arizona Tea Party features Gosar on its website.[6] Libertarian nominee Nicole Patti was also on the ballot.

Gosar won the Republican primary. He was endorsed by Sarah Palin and three Arizona county sheriffs: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Coconino County Sheriff Joe Richards, and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.[7] Kirkpatrick challenged him to five debates across the district.[8][9] Gosar initially agreed to one debate but later withdrew. Gosar released a statement explaining the decision to withdraw from the debate was based on the long drive to and from KAET in Phoenix, which organized the debate.[10] A producer at KAET said Gosar's staff told the station the candidate could not participate in the debate because he would be attending a fundraiser instead.[11]

Gosar defeated Kirkpatrick in the November 2, 2010, general election, taking 49.7 percent of the vote.

2012

Following changes made in redistricting, Gosar was going to seek re-election in the 1st district, which was made less favorable to Republicans.[12] However, with Kirkpatrick priming for a rematch, Gosar changed his mind and announced in January 2012 he would run in the newly created 4th district, which is heavily Republican. As part of the move, he bought a second home in Prescott, which he claims as his official residence.[13][14]

Gosar initially faced a tough primary fight against Babeu. However, Babeu pulled out in May 2012 due to allegations of abuse of power.[15] Gosar then easily defeated former state senator Ron Gould and businessman Rick Murphy in the Republican primary, all but assuring him of a second term.

In the November general election, he routed Democratic challenger Johnnie Robinson, taking 67 percent of the vote. [16]

Tenure[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Paul Gosar describes himself as pro-life. On abortions, Gosar states, “These procedures undeniably rob the world of a human life in a most cruel fashion...The right thing to do is to ban these procedures.”[17] These beliefs are reflected in his voting record. Gosar cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, a bill that would make permanent restrictions on federal funding of abortions in the US.[18] Gosar also cosponsored the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, an act placing restrictions on abortions in the District of Columbia.[19] Gosar was given a 100% rating by the National Right to Life Committee, a pro-life interest group, and a 0% rating by NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League), a pro-choice interest group.[20]

Gun control[edit]

Gosar has stated that the “Second Amendment is one of the most important rights set forth by the Bill of Rights” and has stated he will “continue to oppose efforts to restrict, infringe, or remove this constitutionally protected right.”[21] Gosar cosponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, a bill that would allow noncitizens, of a state to, with concealed carry permits, carry concealed weapons in that state.[22] Gosar also sponsored the “Amendment to Restore 2nd Amendment Rights on Army Corps of Engineers Administered Recreational Lands”, which would allow citizens to carry weapons on land administered by the Army Corps of Engineers.[23] Gosar was endorsed by the NRA (National Rifle Association) and given a rating of 92%. He was also endorsed by Gun Owners of America, and given a rating of 75%.[24]

Immigration[edit]

Regarding immigration, Gosar has stated, “I strongly believe we need to immediately secure our border and oppose amnesty for anyone who blatantly violates our law.”[25] Gosar has cosponsored multiple bills that would impose regulations on immigration. For example, Gosar cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, a bill that would eliminate birthright citizenship for children born in the US to undocumented immigrants.[26] Gosar also cosponsored the Keeping the Pledge on Immigration Act of 2011, a bill that would increase border security.[27] Gosar was given an “A” rating by NumbersUSA, an organization in support of immigration reduction.[28]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Gosar is a member of several caucuses.[29]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Guide to the New Congress". CQ Roll Call. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Elections 2012 - AP Election Guide : Paul Anthony Gosar". NPR. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Paul Anthony Gosar, D.D.S". Rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  4. ^ Profile contrasting Paul and Pete Gosar[dead link]
  5. ^ "Arizona's Former Dentist of The Year Launches Robust Bid to Unseat Ann Kirkpatrick in Congressional District One". Gosar for Congress. 14 October 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ Zernike, Kate (October 14, 2010). "Where Tea Party Candidates Are Running". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Endorsements". Gosar For Congress. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Paul Gosar Finds Easy Victory in CD1 Primary". Prescott eNews. 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  9. ^ "Arizona Capitol Times Blog Archive » Kirkpatrick wants 5 debates with GOP challenger". Azcapitoltimes.com. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  10. ^ "Gosar pulls plug on televised debate". Arizona Daily Sun. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  11. ^ "Gosar backs out of today's TV debate in favor of fundraiser". Prescott Daily Courier. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  12. ^ Taylor, Jessica (October 5, 2011). "House Democrats Gain With New Arizona Map". National Journal. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ Wilson, Reid (January 7, 2012). "Gosar Will Switch Districts". National Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ Sheriff Babeu Abandons Race for Arizona Congressional Seat. Fox News Latino. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  16. ^ "election 2012: Results from The Arizona Republic, 12 News and". Azcentral.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  17. ^ "Dr. Gosar Condemns Abortion Genocide: Disgusted at Congress’ Failure to Protect the Unborn and Ban Pain Capable Abortions". Gosar.house.gov. July 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  18. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - H.R.3 - All Information - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  19. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - H.R.3803 - All Information - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  20. ^ "Paul Gosar - Ratings and Endorsements". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  21. ^ "Second Amendment Gun Rights". Gosar.house.gov. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  22. ^ Rep. Clifford “Cliff” Stearns [R-FL6]. "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 (H.R. 822)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  23. ^ "Sponsored Legislation | Congressman Paul Gosar". Gosar.house.gov. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  24. ^ "Paul Gosar - Ratings and Endorsements". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  25. ^ "www.gosarforcongress.com". www.gosarforcongress.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  26. ^ "H.R.140: Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 - U.S. Congress". OpenCongress. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  27. ^ Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA40]. "Keeping the Pledge on Immigration Act of 2011 (H.R. 1274)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  28. ^ "2012 Arizona 04th Congressional District | NumbersUSA - For Lower Immigration Levels". NumbersUSA. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  29. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ann Kirkpatrick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st congressional district

January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Succeeded by
Ann Kirkpatrick
Preceded by
Ed Pastor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 4th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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R-New York
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