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State of Arizona, Representative, 6th District
Bob Thorpe was one of the 36 Republican members of the Arizona State Legislature who signed onto a lawsuit brought by the Goldwater Institute in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) over the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Brewer announced her support for Medicaid expansion in Arizona in 2013, and by June of that year the legislature had passed a bill expanding Medicaid in the state . In September 2013, the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the law's implementation. They argued that the law contains a tax and its implementation under the control of the executive branch violates state laws enforcing the separation of powers. In 2015, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled against the 36 Republican lawmakers and the Goldwater Institute, saying that the law contains an assessment, not a tax. The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the Superior Court's 2015 ruling on March 16, 2017.
Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives took place in 2016. The primary election took place on August 30, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was June 1, 2016.
Incumbent Bob Thorpe and incumbent Brenda Barton defeated Alex Martinez in the Arizona House of Representatives District 6 general election.
Arizona House of Representatives, District 6 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Bob Thorpe Incumbent 34.79% 48,999
Republican Brenda Barton Incumbent 33.81% 47,631
Democratic Alex Martinez 31.40% 44,229
Total Votes 140,859
Source: Arizona Secretary of State
Based on available campaign finance records, Thorpe raised a total of $88,458 in elections. Ballotpedia updates the information below in the years following a general election.
Bob Thorpe Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 Arizona State House, District 6 [Won] $51,530
It appears that Rep. Bob Thorpe has moved on from his grand plan to prevent college students from voting in his elections.
And from his genius scheme to prevent universities from preventing any talk that might promote "social justice toward a race, gender, religion, political affiliation, social class or other class of people.”
Now the Thorpedo has launched his latest incoming bad idea: he wants to prevent you from knowing what he’s up to.
Bob Thorpe is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
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Thorpe's professional experience includes working as a published Constitutional author, lecturer and researcher.
2017 legislative session
]Arizona Committee Assignments, 2017
• Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy, Chair
• Government and Higher Education, Vice chair
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Thorpe served on the following committees:
Arizona Committee Assignments, 2015
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A COMPLETE PROFILE OF SENATOR Bob Thorpe TO EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN, AND INFORM CITIZENS AND VOTERS IN THE 6TH DISTRICT OF ARIZONA. (WHICH INCLUDES THE VERDE VALLEY)
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Arizona lawmaker: College kids 'unfairly influence' elections
Alia Beard Rau, The Republic | azcentral.com Published 7:00 a.m. MT June 18, 2017 |
Arizona Rep. Bob Thorpe is getting a jump start on next year's legislative session.
His summer project? Restricting how college students vote.
The Flagstaff Republican announced plans to introduce legislation next year to "address several problems with voting in Arizona's college communities while ensuring that voting rights are preserved for all Arizona voters."
He alleges college students "unfairly influence" local elections by registering to vote using their college address, where they reside for "only six months out of the year."
That, he said, dilutes the votes of full-time residents. (And surely it has no connection to the fact that he and fellow Republicans narrowly held their seats in the district that includes Northern Arizona University.)
To solve this, Thorpe wants to require college students to use their permanent residence to register to vote and then allow the state to mail the ballot to their college address.
He also wants to require college students to prove they are full-time residents of their college community by providing a state-issued photo ID with a non-campus address.
Interestingly — or maybe unsurprisingly — Thorpe voiced no concerns about the state's other large bloc of part-time resident voters: snowbirds. That group tends to lean decidedly more conservative than college students.
And education leaders may have something to say about the "unfair" influence these winter visitors sometimes have on bonds, overrides and other funding for schools in a state where their children and grandchildren don't live.
Thorpe this session introduced a proposal to forbid voters from using a dorm or other temporary college address to register to vote. Republican leadership did not allow it to get a public hearing or vote.
While NAU's legislative district elects Republicans, the districts that cover Arizona State University in Tempe and the University of Arizona in Tucson are strongly Democratic.
Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, called Thorpe's effort "just another voter suppression attempt."
"I think there's a huge problem with Bob Thorpe not doing well in the districts around NAU," Farley said. "But if he doesn't like the way students are voting, maybe he should change his policies on issues."
Farley said this is among numerous efforts by Republican lawmakers to restrict voting access in Arizona.
"Students vote at a small enough level that we should encourage them to vote, not discourage them," he said. "It's their future we're talking about."