New Members 2010 - Arizona

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REP. PAUL GOSAR (R-ARIZ.-01)

Birthdate: Nov. 27, 1958
Birthplace: Rock Springs, Wyo.
Residence: Flagstaff, Ariz.
Occupation: Dentist
Education: B.S., Creighton University; D.D.S., Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife Maude, three children


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The oldest of 10 children, Gosar was born in Wyoming and educated in Nebraska before landing in Flagstaff, Ariz., where he’s been a community dentist for the last 25 years. A neophyte in politics, the Tea Party-backed Gosar said the Democrats’ “job-killing” agenda inspired him to throw his name into the ring. He said his combined experience as a health professional and small-business owner makes him suited for the task. 

Gosar defeated one-term Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who was elected in 2008 despite the red-leaning tendencies of the 2nd District. Kirkpatrick was one of 20 House Democrats targeted by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for supporting the Democrats’ healthcare law. Aside from getting Palin’s coveted nod, Gosar also won an endorsement from Joe Arpaio, the conservative sheriff of Maricopa County.



REP. BEN QUAYLE (R-ARIZ.-03)

Birthdate: Nov. 5, 1976
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Ind.
Residence: Phoenix, Ariz.
Occupation: Lawyer
Education: Duke University, Vanderbilt School of Law
Previous Office Held: None
Family: wife Tiffany

Ben Quayle was introduced to politics by his father, Dan Quayle, who was a senator and congressman from Indiana before being tapped to be George H. W. Bush’s running mate in 1988. He went on to serve one term as vice president.

The younger Quayle grew up in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

He attended Duke University and later earned his J.D. at Vanderbilt Law School. After working as a corporate lawyer in New York City, he moved to Arizona to practice law and start a venture capital firm with his brother.

His bid for the Republican nomination was shaken up in the final weeks by news that Quayle wrote for a website that features revealing photos of Phoenix-area women.

That association almost cost him any chance he had at the Republican nomination, but Quayle sought to limit the fallout by releasing a TV ad that called President Obama “the worst president in history.”



REP. DAVID SCHWEIKERT (R-ARIZ.-05)

Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Residence: Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Occupation: Owner And Operator, Sheridan Equities
Education: B.A. And M.B.A., Arizona State University
Previous Offices Held: Member, Arizona state House of Representatives; Treasurer, Maricopa County, Ariz.
Family: Wife, Joyce


The second time proved a charm for Republican David Schweikert, who defeated Democratic Rep. Harry Mitchell on Tuesday after falling to him by 10 points in 2008. The owner of a real estate company, Schweikert was previously a member of the state House of Representatives and treasurer of Maricopa County, where he counts among his successes “never taking a loss during a volatile bond market.”

Schweikert ran on a platform of “more jobs, less government” and blasted Mitchell for his votes in favor of last year’s economic stimulus and this year’s healthcare law. For Mitchell — a two-term Blue Dog with a better Chamber of Commerce rating than any Arizona Republican — the backlash against the majority party proved too much to overcome.