Paul Boyer (politician)

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Paul D. Boyer
Paul Boyer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 20th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
Preceded byKimberly Yee
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 20th[1] district
In office
January 14, 2013 – January 14, 2019
Serving with Anthony Kern
Succeeded byShawnna Bolick
Personal details
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Beth
ResidencePhoenix, Arizona
Alma materArizona State University West
Arizona State University
Websiteboyeraz.com

Paul D. Boyer[2] is an American politician and a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 20 since January 14, 2019. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019, including serving as the Chair of the Arizona House Education Committee.[3]

Previously, Boyer served as an official spokesman and policy advisor for House Majority at the State Capitol, the legislative liaison for the Arizona Department of Corrections, and a spokesman for Mesa Public Schools.[1]

Early life & education[edit]

Born to Fred and Sharon and a native of Arizona's West Valley, Boyer attended Deer Valley High School.[4]

Boyer earned his bachelor's degree in English and his MA in communication studies from Arizona State University West and he teaches 10th grade Humane Letters part-time at Veritas Preparatory Academy.

Political Positions[edit]

Budget and economy[edit]

Boyer is a fiscal conservative, and a critic of government waste. He advocates for lower taxes, regulatory reform, and reduced spending to account for growing state deficits.[5]

Education[edit]

He is an advocate of school choice[6] and believes parents should have the right to choose between private, public, and charter schools.[7]

Guns[edit]

Boyer supports measures to limit gun control. In 2016, he introduced legislation to prevent the use of smart gun technology in Arizona. This technology adds additional safety measures that must be met in order for the gun to fire, such as fingerprint recognition or requiring the shooter to wear a special ring.[8] He received an A rating from the NRA.[5]

Elections[edit]

  • 2016 Paul Boyer and Anthony Kern were unopposed in the republican primary.[9] They defeated democrat Chris Gilfillan on November 8. Boyer was the top vote getter in the election with 39,780 votes.[10]
  • 2014 Paul Boyer and Anthony Kern defeated democrat Amy Schwabenlender on November 4. Boyer was the top vote getter in the election with 25,610 votes.[11]
  • 2012 With incumbent Republican Representatives Jeff Dial and Bob Robson redistricted to District 18, and with incumbent Republican Representative Carl Seel redistricted from District 6, Boyer ran in the three-way August 28, 2012 Republican Primary, placing first with 12,224 votes,[12] and won the first seat in the November 6, 2012 General election with 37,143 votes above incumbent Representative Seel and Democratic nominees former Representative Jackie Thrasher and Tonya Norwood.[13]

Election Results[edit]

Year Office District Republican Democrat
2016 Arizona House of Representatives District 20 Paul Boyer 39,780 Chris Gilfillan 35,117
2014 Arizona House of Representatives District 20 Paul Boyer 25,610 Amy Schwabenlender 19,779
2012 Arizona House of Representatives District 20 Paul Boyer 37,143 Jackie Thrasher 30,342

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paul Boyer". Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "Paul Boyer's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  3. ^ Laurie Roberts (April 5, 2017). "Roberts: 7 Arizona lawmakers who got one right". The Arizona Republic.
  4. ^ "About Paul". Paul Boyer State Senate.
  5. ^ a b "On the Issues". Paul Boyer State Senate.
  6. ^ Kate Gottfredson; Megan Gilbertson (March 23, 2017). "Great Schools Support Great Teachers }publisher=Arizona Charter Schools Association".
  7. ^ "Anti-Fraud Bill Signed into Law – Ensuring Accountability in Arizona's School Choice Program". American Federation for Children. May 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Jasmine Spearing Bowen (November 7, 2017). "Arizona has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country". Cronkite News. Arizona PBS.
  9. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2016 Primary Election Aug. 30, 2016" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2016 General Election November 8, 2016" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 15. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  11. ^ http://apps.azsos.gov/election/2014/General/Canvass2014GE.pdf
  12. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2012 Primary Election August 28, 2012" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 12, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  13. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2012 General Election November 6, 2012" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 24, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2013.

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