Congressional District 5
There is one Senate seat available in the General Election. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Andy Biggs.
All candidates were invited to participate in the Gilbert Chamber's endorsement process prior to the Primary Election. Candidates were asked to provide biographical information as well as answers to questions regarding their candidacy platform. A personal interview and candidate forum took place to determine the Chamber’s final endorsements. If a candidate's endorsement is not listed, they either did not move on to the General Election or they did not choose to participate in our endorsement process.
Tell us about yourself.
Andy Biggs - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*
Community of Residence: Gilbert, Arizona Business: Free Man Press Occupation: United States Congressman - Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District Education Background: Brigham Young University B.A. of Asian Studies; Arizona State University M.A. of Political Science; University of Arizona J.D. Brief summary of employment history: Attorney at Law; Arizona State Senate President; Arizona State House of Representatives List of community organizations you belong to: N/A How long have you lived in the Congressional District? 32 years Select the position for which you are running: United States Congressman - Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District
Give three (3) of your qualifications/skill sets that make you a leading candidate for Congressional District 5. Explain why these qualifications make you a better candidate than your opponents.
I have a strong voting record. While many candidates are in the business of making campaign promises they won’t keep, my voting record serves as a record of promises kept. Between my service in Congress and the State Legislature, the voters in our district know where I stand. I believe that our representatives must be one of us to represent us. I have lived in Gilbert for over 30 years. I have worked here, raised my family here, and been active in our community throughout that time. My experience in balancing Arizona’s budget is desperately needed in Washington, D.C.
What are the top two (2) priorities you would push to accomplish during your term as a member of Congress and why do you believe these are important to accomplish?
We must reduce our deficits and balance the federal budget. As Admiral Michael Mullen said in 2010: “our national debt is our biggest national security threat.” That fact has also been reinforced by Secretary Mattis and we must heed their warnings. Our Nation has no future if we do not get our spending under control. We must also cut taxes and reduce regulations on families and businesses to bring back real prosperity and American industry. To this end, I am proud to have voted for the historic Tax Reform bill and against increased regulations during my first term in Congress.
What do you believe is the preferred way to accomplish funding for education (at all levels) and what should the role of the Federal government be in that funding?
The preferred way to accomplish funding for education will be different from state to state as they each have different education needs, funding formulas, and budgetary constraints. I remain consistent with the Constitution when I say that the Federal Government has no authority over our education systems. We must follow the law and ensure that the states are the ultimate governmental authority when it comes to education. As we pursue this course, the American People will have more say in the direction of their children’s education than they ever would by ceding that responsibility to the Federal Government.
What experience do you have with complex budgets?
During my time as the Arizona Senate President, we achieved a structurally-balanced budget while also meeting the pressing needs of our state. Prior to that, I served as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee where I was involved in crafting our state’s complex budget.
In order to deal with a $3 billion deficit and pass structurally-balanced budgets that would be signed by the Governor, I had to work with members from both sides of the aisle to make the hard decisions and generate consensus. Because we successfully accomplished that, Arizona’s fiscal future was put on a more sustainable path.
If elected to represent Congressional District 5, who would you consider to be your stakeholders and how would you propose to represent them?
My stakeholders are the constituents of Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. My constituents elected me to ensure our national security, secure our Nation’s borders, cut taxes and regulation, shrink the size government, cut wasteful spending, reduce the deficit, balance the federal budget, repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free-market system, return education policy to the states, and restore accountability in Washington, D.C. My voting record is and will continue to be a record of promises kept to my constituents. Going forward, I will not stop fighting to ensure that they are heard in our Nation’s Capital.