|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Arizona's 5th district
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Matt Salmon|
|President of the Arizona Senate|
January 14, 2013 –January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Steve Pierce|
|Succeeded by||Steve Yarbrough|
|Member of the Arizona Senate |
from the 12th district
January 14, 2013 –January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||John Nelson|
|Succeeded by||Warren Petersen|
|Member of the Arizona Senate |
from the 22nd district
January 10, 2011 –January 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Thayer Verschoor|
|Succeeded by||Judy Burges|
|Member of the ArizonaHouseofRepresentatives |
from the 22nd district
January 2003 –January 2011
|Preceded by||Richard Miranda, John A. Loredo|
|Succeeded by||Eddie Farnsworth, Steve Urie|
Andrew Steven Biggs
November 7, 1958
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
|Education|| Brigham Young University (BA)|
University of Arizona (JD)
Arizona State University, Phoenix (MA)
Andrew Steven Biggs 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.(born November 7, 1958) is an American politician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing
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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.
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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.
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Brigham Young University is a private, non-profit research university in Provo, Utah, United States owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and run under the auspices of its Church Educational System. The university is classified among "Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity" with "more selective, lower transfer-in" admissions. The university's primary emphasis is on undergraduate education in 179 majors, but it also has 62 master's and 26 doctoral degree programs. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City, while its parent organization, the Church Educational System (CES), sponsors sister schools in Hawaii and Idaho.
Biggs voted in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.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."
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Biggs is a member of the Freedom Caucusand the Congressional Western Caucus.
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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.He defeated Democrat Talia Fuentes in November, 64.1% to 35.9%. 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.
Biggs used his powers as transportation chair and President of the Arizona State Senate to block bills banning driving while texting.
Biggs opposes abortion of any kind. He supports overturning Roe vs. Wade .He has argued in favor of changing Senate rules to make it easier for the "GOP pro-life agenda." He has attended an anti-abortion conference hosted by the pro-life group, Susan B. Anthony List.
He has received mixed ratings from special interest groups focused on abortion. In 2017, he received a 30% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.He also has a 29% lifetime rating from Planned Parenthood, which supports legal access to abortion, as well as an 87% from National Right to Life Committee and a 100% from Campaign for Working Families which both oppose legal abortion.
Biggs is a former policy advisor to United Families International, a nonprofit that opposes same-sex marriage.United Families International is on the List of organizations designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as anti-gay hate groups.
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.
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.
On March 19, 2018, Biggs renewed his call for Robert Mueller to resign.
On July 25, 2018, Biggs was among nine other Republican co-sponsors for a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,Robert Mueller's direct supervisor following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
On April 8, 2019, an opinion-editorial written by Biggs was published by the Arizona Republic on the topic of the initial findings of the Mueller investigation.In it, Biggs refers to the Mueller investigation as "an illegitimate attack on the executive branch," and the findings "demonstrate the weakness of the initial premise to investigate Trump, his family and campaign staff." He blamed the investigation on "(T)he media that fueled this bogus attempt to overthrow the will of the American voter." Biggs's op-ed was published well ahead of the release of Mueller's entire report on April 18, 2019, and was most likely written after viewing a four-page summary of the report generated by Attorney General William Barr and released on March 24, 2019. Following the publication of the full report on April 18, Biggs posted a video on Twitter declaring that there was "no basis for an obstruction (of justice) charge" to be brought against President Trump, and chastising the Democratic party for attempting to "undermine the POTUS."
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."
Biggs is married to Cindy Biggs.
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.
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| Member of the Arizona Senate |
from the 22nd district
| Member of the Arizona Senate |
from the 12th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Arizona's 5th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority |
Lisa Blunt Rochester
|115th||Senate: J. McCain (until Aug. 2018) • J. Flake • J. Kyl (from Sep. 2018)||House: T. Franks (until Dec. 2017) • R. Grijalva • P. Gosar • D. Schweikert • K. Sinema • R. Gallego • M. McSally • A. Biggs • T. O'Halleran • D. Lesko (from Apr. 2018)|