Andy Tobin

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Andy Tobin
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Member of the Arizona Corporation Commission
Assumed office
January 4, 2016
Preceded by Susan Bitter Smith
51st Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives
In office
April 29, 2011 January 12, 2015
Preceded by Kirk Adams
Succeeded by David Gowan
Member of the ArizonaHouseofRepresentatives
from the 1st district
In office
January 2007 January 12, 2015
Preceded by Tom O'Halleran
Succeeded by Noel W. Campbell
Personal details
Born (1958-06-27) June 27, 1958 (age 60)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican

Andrew M. Tobin (born June 27, 1958) [1] is a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, appointed by Governor Doug Ducey following the resignation of Susan Bitter Smith. He also served in the Arizona House of Representatives from the state's 1st district and as former Speaker, beginning in 2011. [2]

The Arizona Corporation Commission is the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Arizona, established by Article 15 of the Arizona Constitution. Arizona is one of only fourteen states with elected commissioners. The Arizona constitution explicitly calls for an elected commission, as opposed to a governor-appointed commission, which is the standard in most states, because its drafters feared that governors would appoint industry-friendly officials. They are directly elected statewide and serve staggered four-year terms.

Doug Ducey American businessman and politician

Douglas Anthony Ducey is an American businessman and politician who is the 23rd governor of Arizona. A Republican, he was sworn in as governor on January 5, 2015. He was the state's treasurer from 2011 to 2015.

Susan Bitter Smith American politician

Susan Bitter Smith is currently the vice-president of Technical Solutions, and executive director Arizona/New Mexico Cable Communications Association. She is a registered Republican in the state of Arizona, and has held multiple public offices. She most recently served as Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission., but resigned in December 2015 amid controversy. Prior to serving on the ACC, she was president of the Central Arizona Project, and before that Vice Mayor for Scottsdale, Arizona. She has also served as a member for American Society of Association Executives. Her other memberships include, St. Theresa Catholic School Development Board, and president of the ASU Walter Cronkite Endowment Board (1998–1999)

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In 2014 Tobin ran for Arizona's 1st congressional district against incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick (D), who won with 52.6% of the vote. [3] He previously served as the appointed director of the State Department of Insurance and Interim Superintendent of the state Department of Financial Institutions. [4] He additionally served nine months as director of the Arizona Weights and Measures Department. [5]

Tobin ran in 2016 for reelection to the Corporation Commission, he won in the Republican primary on August 30, 2016 and in the general election.

Biography

Tobin was born in 1958 as the second of six children in New York City to an Irish-American family. He is the son of a (now) retired New York City Police lieutenant. His grandparents immigrated from Ireland. [6]

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Tobin moved to Arizona in 1979, where he worked in banking and real estate lending for 13 years in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He moved to Dewey 16 years ago. He started his own employee benefit company, known as TLC Employee Benefits and Consulting. He specializes in insurance, marketing and public relations. [6]

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Tobin owned and operated a local Farmers Insurance agency for six years. He was also CEO of a local aerospace company employing 200 people for three years until 2003. [6]

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Tobin was elected the national president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce from 1988–1989. In that capacity Tobin served as ex-officio board member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation. As president of the United States Junior Chamber, Tobin lobbied the Reagan Administration and later the Bush Administration for passage of the Line-Item Veto and a Balanced Budget Amendment. [6]

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Politics

Arizona Legislature

Tobin was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. [6] He was reelected for three more terms, in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In 2009 Tobin was one of 14 Arizona lawmakers investigated for accepting gifts from lobbyists for the Fiesta Bowl, which is prohibited by state statutes. He was not charged with any crime. [7]

Tobin has served as state House Majority Whip and House Majority Leader. In 2011, he was elected Speaker. [2]

2014 congressional campaign

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Speaker Tobin speaking at a rally in August 2014.

Tobin ran for Congress in Arizona's 1st congressional district, challenging incumbent Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D). [3] He was endorsed by Mitt Romney. [8]

On August 26, 2014, in the Republican primary, Tobin faced off against State Rep. Adam Kwasman and rancher Gary Kiehne . According to Politico, Tobin was seen as the moderate candidate. [9] The race was initially too close to call. [10] Election results were finalized and Tobin was officially declared the primary's winner on September 2, when Kiehne conceded the race. [11]

Tobin lost to Kirkpatrick 52.5%-47.5%.

Personal life

Tobin and his wife Jennifer have five children. They have lived in their home in Paulden since 2004.

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References

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  2. 1 2 Tobin picked as new Arizona House speaker
  3. 1 2 Sanders, Rebekah (October 3, 2013). "Tobin set to seek Kirkpatrick's seat". AZCentral.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  4. "Governor Doug Ducey Appoints Andy Tobin To Dual Role As Interim Superintendent Of The Department Of Financial Institutions". Office of the Arizona Governor. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 "Andy Tobin Member Page". AZleg.gov. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  7. Pitzl, Mary Jo (March 12, 2012). "Disclosure laws debate after Fiesta scandal at a standstill". AZCentral.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  8. Sanders, Rebekah (April 24, 2014). "Romney endorses Congress candidate Tobin". AZCentral.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
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  10. "U.S. REP. IN CONGRESS – DIST. 1 (REP)". Primary Election Results. Arizona Secretary of State. Archived from the original on August 31, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
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