U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Andy Tobin for Congress

Andy Tobin


May 1, 2014

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Andy Tobin for Congress

World’s Largest Business Federation Pledges Support for Tobin

Citing Tobin’s extensive and proven track record of advocating for Arizona’s business and economic development opportunities, The United States Chamber of Commerce announced their endorsement today for Andy Tobin’s campaign for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber pledges the full support of Arizona’s business community as Tobin campaigns throughout the district.

“In today’s economy, it is critical that members of Congress provide strong support of free enterprise and leadership for policies that will return America to its full growth potential,” said U.S. Chamber National Political Director Rob Engstrom. “We’re proud to stand with Andy Tobin and his candidacy for Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. Andy has a demonstrated record of promoting Arizona jobs, and in this race is the clear choice to lead on policies that will boost economic growth, create jobs and get our country back on track.”

“It is no surprise that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s leading voice for job creators, has endorsed Andy Tobin for Congress,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee Member Glenn Hamer. “Andy Tobin has been one of the most consequential Arizona legislators in a generation. Few can match his reputation for tax cuts, regulatory reform and tort reform, which have helped spur growth in our economy and made Arizona a much more competitive and attractive state for business. The U.S. Chamber’s endorsement is an acknowledgment of what we in Arizona have known for many years: Andy Tobin will fight tirelessly for jobs and a stronger economy.”

“The United States Chamber of Commerce is a key leader in our fight for economic development and job creation in Arizona,” said Tobin. “I am proud to say that we have made incredible strides to recover jobs, nurture a pro-business environment and attract international companies to Arizona in the past decade. But the work is not done. Having the support of Rob Engstrom, Glenn Hamer and the U.S. Chamber is a valuable resource in my fight to restore more Arizona jobs. When America’s businesses recover and thrive, our country as a whole will return to being an economic leader. I sincerely thank The United States Chamber of Commerce for endorsing my campaign. I look forward to taking proven Arizona solutions to Washington.”


Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!


For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417

Mesa Chamber of Commerce Endorses Salmon

Becomes 3rd East Valley Business Group to back former Congressman

EAST VALLEY – Matt Salmon, former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district, today received the endorsement from the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, one of the premier business advocacy groups in Arizona. The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Council recommended Salmon over his opponent based on a detailed questionnaire, candidate interview, and the support of at least two-thirds of the council members. The Mesa Chamber of Commerce joins other East Valley business organizations such as the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Alliance in endorsing Salmon’s candidacy for Congress.

Otto Shill, Chairman of the Mesa Chamber Board of Directors and shareholder at the Jackson White law firm located in Mesa, stated, “We are excited to support a proven leader like Matt Salmon for Congress. Matt’s public service record has consistently demonstrated that he understands what businesses need to succeed and thrive, and we feel confident he will fight for those needs in Congress once again. We are looking forward to working with Matt to continue improving the business climate in Mesa and throughout the East Valley.”

“I am honored to receive the support of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce,” stated former Congressman Salmon. “As Arizona’s third largest city, Mesa serves as a major hub for economic activity and many of our state’s largest employers reside in Mesa. I am humbled that so many business organizations have backed my campaign to return to Congress, and I look forward to working with all of them to advance pro-business policies that will bring growth and prosperity to every East Valley business.”

About the Mesa Chamber of Commerce
For one hundred years, the Mesa Chamber has been the leading voice and strong advocate of the over 15,000 businesses in the city of Mesa, Arizona. Its mission is to maintain and strengthen a prosperous business climate in Mesa and to enhance the quality of life in the community. A member-supported civic organization, the Mesa Chamber is an influential leader in the development of Mesa — currently the 38th largest city in the United States.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.


Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rob Haney responds to State Senate votes on immigration

Senators Intimidated by Chamber of Commerce Infuriate Precinct Committeemen

By Rob Haney

March 20, 2011

The Republican Precinct Committeemen (PCs) who elected me as their Maricopa County Chairman by an unprecedented margin of 70%, did so for a reason. They wanted a spokesman with a clear, consistent, conservative position on the issues as opposed to what they frequently heard from elected Republican office holders pandering to the moderate wing of the Party. The level of disgust held by PCs toward the Republicans who voted with the Democrats on the illegal immigration bills this past week is palpable.

The excuses given by these senators for their actions were the same platitudes we’ve heard repeatedly from those in the business community bonded to the concept of an exploitable, cheap labor force. They are joined in their efforts by the liberal media, the ACLU and the Democrat Party when opposing legislation or policies (Prop 200, employer sanctions, sanctuary cities, SB1070) which sought to enforce our immigration laws. They protest: “We agree …but it is a federal issue …the border has never been more secure …it is discriminatory and racist …it will not be upheld in court …citizenship is a federal issue …Arizona can’t go it alone …unintended consequences …boycotts …we are not pro-illegal immigration, we just need to press the federal government for meaningful immigration reform …we have more pressing issues to deal with such as the economy …there are more issues than illegal immigration …it is poorly written, etc.”

The PCs know better than to ask these maverick senators, “Where are your perfect bills or amendments that you have submitted to stop the illegal alien invasion?” There are no bills coming from these senators because they are mavericks and crossing the aisle to vote with the Democrats is what mavericks do. There are no Democrat mavericks because Democrats are committed to their platform and will not tolerate dissent within their ranks.

The savvy PCs recognize the talking point excuses as insincere malarkey. They know the truth is that the business community demands cheap labor and the Democrats want the bonanza of the illegal alien vote upon attaining citizenship through amnesty. PCs are bewildered by Republican legislators whom they assisted in their quest for political power now voting against defending the party and the nation. As taxpaying citizens, the PCs see the results of the invasion. We have experienced a marked negative impact on our personal safety, while funding the overburdened educational, medical, and criminal justice systems dealing with the burdens imposed by those in our country in violation of our laws and national borders.

Some of our schools now instruct children that the United States is an aggressor nation, teaching the racist LaRaza and Reconquista studies programs. Meanwhile, taxes and spending have drastically increased. We have imported a culture of corruption, intimidation and contempt for authority. Mob rule can be witnessed all too often at the Arizona State Capitol. Foreign drug cartels openly flaunt their power within our borders. Voter fraud and ID theft are rampant.

The federal government will not stop this invasion. In fact, they have demonstrated that they will do what they can to insure that it continues. To persist with the mantra that it is a federal issue and will be addressed at that level is to deny history. The deterioration of all aspects of our society is manifested in the illegal alien invasion.

PCs recognize that border security is national security. The refusal of these Republicans to take meaningful actions to secure our border in this era of Islamic terrorism is indefensible.

Do these senators fail to realize the result their votes have on the well-being of the Party? Do they not remember what happened when Sens. McCain, Kyl and Rep. Flake advocated for an amnesty bill, while 80 – 90% of the Republican base opposed it? The GOP, thanks in large part to Tea Party activists who hold Constitutional and Republican Platform beliefs, is only now beginning to recover from the mass exodus to the Independent ranks provoked by our own representatives. Due to numerous liberal positions taken by some of our elected Republicans, the public sees little difference between Democrats and Republicans. That concept must change for Republicans to continue to succeed. But now the maverick Republicans in the Arizona Senate have dealt another body blow to the Republican base.

It is imperative that newly invigorated activists not become discouraged because some Republican Senators have betrayed our efforts on their behalf and the confidence that has been placed in them. We can expect setbacks from time to time as the moneyed interests try to maintain their influence. Money can buy an election if the voters are uninformed or misinformed. It is our duty to build an educated voter base that understands the issues and votes accordingly, no matter how much is spent to deceive them. Our Founders put their lives on the line by signing the Declaration of Independence. All we have to do is campaign in the Republican primary in favor of those advocating for the political principles vital to the survival of our Republic.

I urge you to rally other patriots to the cause, join the Republican Party and make your voice more powerful by becoming a Precinct Committeeman (PC). Clearly, the Democrat Party will not advocate for your beliefs and becoming an Independent will only ensure Democrat victories. The most effective method of fighting is to become a Republican PC to help elect candidates who will represent our fundamental values. Please contact me at r_b_haney@yahoo.com if you have an interest in joining us, and I will explain how you can become involved in the political effort to protect Arizona and the United States.

Rob Haney
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee


Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry Endorses John Huppenthal For Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

PHOENIX, AZ.  JUNE 28, 2010.  State Senator John Huppenthal’s bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction has been endorsed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Last week, the Chamber named Huppenthal “Senator of the Year”.

“As a legislator, John Huppenthal has a long record of fighting for education reforms that increase choice and empower parents.  We look forward to working with Sen. Huppenthal when he brings his reform agenda to the Arizona Department of Education,” Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Chamber said.

Senator Huppenthal played a key role in helping create school choice for parents. In 1995 his legislation took the caps off charter schools. This legislation moved Arizona to first in the nation in school choice (ALEC rankings). In addition, Congressman Trent Franks named Senator Huppenthal one of three legislators most responsible for creating and expanding tuition tax credits in Arizona.

Huppenthal’s legislative reform efforts resulted in the creation of the Career Ladder program for teachers, improved measures of academic progress, and higher graduation standards. Huppenthal also worked closely with the disabled community to improve opportunities for children with special challenges, including creating a model summer school for children with autism, increasing resources for the blind and deaf, expanding textbook formats to accommodate children with disabilities and reducing mandates on teachers.

In 2010, Senator Huppenthal sponsored and helped pass major education reform legislation. Known as the “Truth in Advertising” bill, SB 1286 improves accountability by requiring the Arizona Department of Education to rate the performance of schools with easily understood letter grades (A, B, C, D or F). The grades will be based upon overall performance and academic gains over time. The “Truth in Advertising” law is modeled after similar reforms in Florida which significantly improved academic achievement.

Huppenthal attended high school in Tucson. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

John is a devoted husband and father. He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, Brooke and Morgan. John and Jennifer are active in their children’s education, and participate in community and church groups.

John Huppenthal has been endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 2006 GOP Nominee for Governor Len Munsil and many other conservative leaders across Arizona.

He is the current Chairman of the Arizona State Senate’s Education Committee.  For more information please go to www.JohnHuppenthal.com.

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