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Ted Vogt

Candidate for Arizona House in Legislative District 10
Phone: (520) 269-2463
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @VogtForArizona
10031 E Falcon Point Dr, Tucson, AZ 85730.

Name pronunciation: vote

Age: 39. (02/20/73, Council Bluffs, IA).

Arizona since: 2006.

Occupation: Attorney, Smith & Smith PLLC, since 2010; intelligence officer, U.S. Air Force, 2000-2006; executive assistant, fmr Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, 1999-2000, 1996-1998; account executive, Leo Burnett Co., Inc., 1998-1999.

Marital: Single.

Religious preference: Protestant.

Education: J.D., UofA, 2010; B.A., history, Yale University, 1995.

Political experience: chairman, LD 30 GOP, 2009-2010; precinct committeeman, since 2007. Legal clerk, Senator Jon Kyl; assistant director of policy, Dole-Kemp ’96.

Legis exp: House since 2010.

Memberships: Veterans of Foreign Wars; State Bar of AZ.

Interests: History, improvisational comedy, music.

Political influence: Donald Rumsfeld. While serving as his executive assistant, Mr. Rumsfeld, through word and deed, encouraged me to find ways to serve the greater good through public service. My experience with Mr. Rumsfeld led me to join the U.S. Air Force. After six years on active duty, serving in Afghanistan and throughout the greater Middle East, I knew that public service was my calling. I am honored to continue serving the people of Arizona in the Legislature.

Job creation measures: Comprehensive tax and regulatory reform.

Top Issues: Economic growth and border security.

Prop 100 sales tax extension: I oppose extending the temporary sales tax. Arizona is overly reliant on sale tax for revenue. As we have experienced in this recession, sales tax revenue is extremely volatile. Furthermore, it is one of the most regressive taxes, affecting the poorest among us more severely. We need comprehensive tax reform in Arizona to provide a more stable funding source.

Illegal immigration: States have an inherent right to control illegal immigration. I support a multifaceted approach to deal with illegal immigration that focuses both on controlling the border and penalizing those who knowingly employ illegal aliens. That is why I voted for SB1070 and support employer sanction programs like E-Verify.

Background & experience: I have been fortunate to have been afforded many incredible opportunities over the years. Upon graduating from Yale in 1995, I gained valuable business experience in the private sector as an investment banker and, later, as an advertising executive at one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, Leo Burnett. In 2000, I joined the U.S. Air Force. My six years on active duty as an intelligence officer further bolstered both my leadership and analytical skills. I left active duty in 2006 and moved home to Tucson. In 2010, I graduated from UofA law school. My three years there gave me a deep understanding and appreciation for the law and our Constitution. Collectively, these experiences have broadened my understanding of the many issues facing our state and our country, and have uniquely prepared me to continue serving the people of Arizona successfully in the Legislature.

Pro-life / pro-choice: Pro-life.

Campaign finance: private.

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