Andy Biggs

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Andy Biggs
Andy Biggs, official portrait, 115th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Matt Salmon
President of the Arizona Senate
In office
January 14, 2013 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Steve Pierce
Succeeded by Steve Yarbrough
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 14, 2013 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by John Nelson
Succeeded by Warren Petersen
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2013
Preceded by Thayer Verschoor
Succeeded by Judy Burges
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
January 2003 – January 2011
Serving with Eddie Farnsworth, Laurin Hendrix
Preceded by Richard Miranda, John A. Loredo[1]
Succeeded by Eddie Farnsworth, Steve Urie[2]
Personal details
Born Andrew Steven Biggs
(1958-11-07) November 7, 1958 (age 59)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Gilbert, Arizona
Education Brigham Young University (BA)
University of Arizona (JD)
Arizona State University (MA)
Occupation Attorney
Website House website

Andrew Steven Biggs[3] (born November 7, 1958) is an American politician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Arizona's 5th congressional district. The district includes most of the East Valley, covering most of Mesa and Chandler and all of Queen Creek and his hometown of Gilbert.

Previously, he was a member of the Arizona Senate representing the 12th District from 2011 to 2017 (numbered as the 22nd District from 2011 to 2013) and a member of the Arizona House of Representatives representing the 22nd District from 2003 to 2011. He was President of the Arizona Senate from 2013 to 2017.

Education[edit]

Biggs earned his B.A. in Asian studies from Brigham Young University, his M.A. in political science from Arizona State University, and his J.D. from the University of Arizona.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Tenure[edit]

Biggs voted in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[4] After the vote, Biggs said that the bill would "provide much-needed economic relief" to Americans and businesses, claiming “families will be able to save more money to send their children to college. We are already seeing the positive economic impact based on the promise of tax reform. When this bill is signed into law, we will see an even more robust economy.”[5]

Biggs is a member of the Freedom Caucus[6] and the Congressional Western Caucus.[7]

Committee assignments[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 2016, Biggs ran for the United States Congress in the 5th District to replace retiring congressman and fellow Republican Matt Salmon. Biggs defeated Christine Jones by 27 votes, triggering an automatic recount, to become the Republican candidate.[9] He defeated Democrat Talia Fuentes in November, 64.1% to 35.9%.[10] He was not required to give up his state senate seat under Arizona's resign-to-run laws, since he was in the last year of what would have been his final term in the chamber.

Biggs' primary victory virtually assured him of being the next congressman from this heavily Republican district; the 5th and its predecessors have been in Republican hands for all but one term since 1953.

State Senate[edit]

  • 2010 When Republican Senator Thayer Verschoor ran for State Treasurer of Arizona and left the Senate District 22 seat open, Biggs was unopposed for both the August 24, 2010 Republican Primary, winning with 25,792 votes,[11] and the November 2, 2010 General election, winning with 59,933 votes.[12]
  • 2012 Redistricted to District 12, and with incumbent Republican Senator John B. Nelson redistricted to District 13, Biggs was unopposed for both the August 28, 2012 Republican Primary, winning with 19,844 votes,[13] and the November 6, 2012 General election, winning with 63,812 votes.[14]

State House of Representatives[edit]

  • 2002 With incumbent Democratic Representatives Richard Miranda running for Arizona Senate and John Loredo redistricted to District 13, and with Republican Representative Eddie Farnsworth redistricted from District 30, Biggs ran in the five-way September 10, 2002 Republican Primary, placing second with 5,778 votes;[15] Biggs and Representative Farnsworth were unopposed for the November 5, 2002 General election, where Biggs took the first seat with 31,812 votes and Representative Farnsworth took the second seat.[16]
  • 2004 Biggs and Representative Farnsworth were unopposed for the September 7, 2004 Republican Primary; Representative Farnsworth placed first and Biggs placed second with 11,202 votes;[17] for the three-way November 2, 2004 General election, Representative Farnsworth took the first seat and Biggs took the second seat with 51,932 votes ahead of Libertarian candidate Wade Reynolds.[18]
  • 2006 Biggs and Representative Farnsworth were challenged in the four-way September 12, 2006 Republican Primary; Representative Farnsworth placed first and Biggs placed second with 7,793 votes;[19] in the three-way November 7, 2006 General election, Representative Farnsworth took the first seat and Biggs took the second seat with 38,085 votes ahead of Libertarian candidate Edward Schwebel.[20]
  • 2008 With Representative Farnsworth running for Arizona Senate and leaving a House District 22 seat open, Biggs ran in the four-way September 2, 2008 Republican Primary, placing first with 9,800 votes;[21] Biggs and fellow Republican nominee Laurin Hendrix won the November 2, 2010 General election, where Biggs took the first seat with 59,615 votes and Hendrix took the second seat ahead of Democratic nominee Glenn Ray,[22] who had run for the district's senate seat in 2006.

Political positions[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Biggs opposes abortion of any kind. He wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade.[23]

LGBT rights[edit]

Biggs is a former policy advisor to United Families International, a nonprofit that opposes same-sex marriage.[24] United Families International is on the List of organizations designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as anti-gay hate groups.

Net neutrality[edit]

Biggs has gone on record as opposing the issue of net neutrality, and favors FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to do away with governmental protections of the utility. In a letter sent to his constituents in reply to those favoring the continuation of Net Neutrality guidelines, Biggs has said that "the repeal of net neutrality also maintains consumer and anti-competitiveness protections enforced by the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission," and that he "(does) not believe that adding an extra layer of regulations will help to protect consumers. Instead, we should allow the free market to expand the internet and its services." Biggs, incidentally, has accepted campaign donations in the past in the amount of $19,500 from the same members of the Telecom industry that stand to profit from the elimination of Net Neutrality guidelines.[25]

Robert Mueller[edit]

On June 23, 2017, Representative Biggs was one of three Republicans who called for the resignation of Robert Mueller, the prosecutor investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, on the grounds that Mueller can not conduct his investigation fairly because of events that happened when he had been the acting director of the FBI.[26]

On March 19, 2018, Biggs renewed his call for Robert Mueller to resign.[27]

On July 25, 2018, Biggs was among nine other Republican co-sponsors for a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,[28] Robert Mueller's direct supervisor following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.[29]

Healthcare[edit]

In 2018, Andy Biggs sponsored a bill "designed to let very sick patients request access to experimental medicines without government oversight", which passed in the House by a vote of 267-149. Biggs stated the bill is "not false hope; It is hope."[30]

Personal life[edit]

Biggs is married to Cindy Biggs.[24]

American Family Sweepstakes[edit]

Biggs won $10 million in the American Family Sweepstakes and subsequently appeared in a TV ad with Dick Clark and Ed McMahon promoting the sweepstakes.[31][32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=48144
  2. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=323399
  3. ^ "Andy Biggs' Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  5. ^ Sunnucks, Mike. "House passes Trump tax cuts; Arizona delegation splits on party lines". Phoenix Business Journal. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Hansen, Ronald J. (March 24, 2017). "Two Arizona Republican House members helped sink 'Obamacare' repeal". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved February 7, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 27 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "Member List". Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "Christine Jones concedes after losing by 27 votes to Biggs in GOP Congress primary". Phoenix Business Journal. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Arizona's 5th Congressional District election, 2016". BallotPedia. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2010 Primary Election - August 24, 2010" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2010 General Election - November 2, 2010" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2012 Primary Election August 28, 2012" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 12, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2012 General Election November 6, 2012" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 24, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2002 Primary Election - September 10, 2002" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2004. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2002 General Election - November 5, 2002" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2004. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  17. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2004 Primary Election - September 7, 2004" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 22, 2004. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  18. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2004 General Election - November 2, 2004" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 26, 2004. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  19. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2006 Primary Election - September 12, 2006" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 26, 2006. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  20. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2006 General Election - November 7, 2006" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 6, 2006. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  21. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2008 Primary Election - September 2, 2008" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 24, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  22. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2008 General Election - November 4, 2008" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 19, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  23. ^ Fischer, Howard. "Supreme Court ruling could invalidate Arizona abortion rules". Arizona Daily Sun. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  24. ^ a b Hendley, Matthew (9 March 2012). "Andy Biggs, Other Politicos Tied to Gilbert Religious Group Labeled as Anti-Gay "Hate Group" by Southern Poverty Law Center". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  25. ^ "All 535 members of Congress, and how much money they got from ISPs". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-07-11. 
  26. ^ Newsy, 3 House Republicans Call Mueller Compromised, Demand Resignation, Retrieved November 4, 2017, "...Reps. Gaetz, Biggs and Gohmert think Mueller can't fairly conduct his Russia investigation because of events that happened while he was FBI director./.."
  27. ^ "Congressman Biggs Renews Call for Robert Mueller to Resign". March 19, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Biggs, Gosar join calls in U.S. House to impeach Deputy AG Rosenstein". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018. 
  29. ^ "Who would be Mueller's boss if Rosenstein goes?". April 11, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018. 
  30. ^ KARLIN-SMITH, SARAH. "House passes right-to-try on second try". Politico. Retrieved 22 March 2018. 
  31. ^ Barry, Jason. "AZ Senate president is former $10M sweepstakes winner". www.azfamily.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  32. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAw1zrLCGNs%7CAndy Biggs American Family Commercial

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Arizona Senate
Preceded by
Thayer Verschoor
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 22nd district

2011–2013
Succeeded by
Judy Burges
Preceded by
John Nelson
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 12th district

2013–2017
Succeeded by
Warren Petersen
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Matt Salmon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 5th congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jack Bergman
United States Representatives by seniority
375th
Succeeded by
Lisa Blunt Rochester