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Forty-ninth Legislature - First Regular Session
  John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

District 8

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 114
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5170
Fax Number: (602) 417-3108


Personal Information:

Home City: Fountain Hills
Member Since: 2007

John Kavanagh is a twelve-year resident of District 8, which covers most of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Tonto Verde and Rio Verde. John and his wife, Linda, have been married for 30 years and have two sons, Jonathan and Nicholas. John is a professor of criminal justice at Scottsdale Community College and director of the college’s Administration of Justice Studies and Forensic Science Program. Prior to teaching at Scottsdale Community College, John taught at Arizona State University and served 20 years as a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, retiring as a detective sergeant.

John served six years as a town councilman in Fountain Hills and also served three years on the Lafayette, New Jersey Town Council. He is also a Republican State Committeeman, Precinct Captain and member of the Fountain Hills Republican Club.

John was awarded a BA in Liberal Arts from NYU, a Masters Degree in Government from St. John’s University (Queens, NY), and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers. He is also a military veteran.

John has also served on or belonged to many other government boards and community service organizations, including a Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of Health, School District Advisory Panel, Planning Advisory Group, Community Center Volunteers, Senior Services Board of Directors, the American Legion, the Civic Association, Historical Society, Friends of the Chamber of Commerce and Scottsdale Republican Forum.


Committee Assignments
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HB2001 P* state monuments; repair fund; purpose. See Vote
HB2024 P* law enforcement; duty fitness examination
HB2025 P* insurance; fraud unit
HB2026 P* peace officers; firearms; school grounds
HB2027 P* weapons; peace officers; posse; reserves.
HB2028 P* jury duty; motor vehicle parking
  (NOW: supplemental reductions; appropriations; FY 2008-2009
HB2029 P* school districts; liability; immunity waiver
  (NOW: school district balances; allocations
HB2030 P* driver license requirements; violation; classification
HB2031 P* schools; contractors; fingerprint clearance cards See Vote
HB2032 P* vendors; government contracts; personal information
HB2033 P* city elections; runoff; vote total
HB2073 P state equalization property tax repeal..
HB2094 C securities dealers; salesmen; fees
HB2102 C financial institution records; disclosure; notice
HB2103 P state treasurer; independent legal counsel
HB2104 C state treasurer; quarterly meetings
HB2125 C permissible raffles; clubs
HB2140 C homicide victims memorial
HB2148 C human trafficking; violation
HB2149 C drop houses; forgery; human smuggling
HB2237 P AHCCCS; verification of eligibility
HB2238 P AHCCCS; DES; fraud reduction
HB2279 P* state debt; expenditures; report
  (NOW: state debt and expenditures; analysis
HB2280 P* state budget; revenues; expenditures; report
  (NOW: illegal aliens; trespassing; enforcement
See Vote
HB2281 P* appropriations for named claimants
HB2282 P equine tripping; violation
HB2286 C tax credit; charitable organizations
HB2287 P tax credits; withholding tax reduction See Vote
HB2288 P premium tax credit; STO contribution
HB2314 P property valuation; telecommunications companies
HB2361 P tax exemption; personal property
HB2362 P tax exemption; personal property.
HB2380 P eligible persons; personal information; internet
HB2400 P partial-birth abortions; definition
HB2420 P misconduct involving weapons; vehicles
HB2425 P* state treasurer; management fees
HB2426 C enhanced driver licenses; prohibition
HB2432 C school board membership; family members
HB2434 C homeowners' associations; document amendments
HB2437 P* school districts; internet based advertising
HB2438 P* colleges; transfer articulation; direct equivalency
HB2439 P* concealed weapons permit; safety course See Vote
HB2469 C aggressive dogs; muzzles
HB2474 P* firearms; storage; motor vehicles
HB2482 C civil air patrol; federal monies
HB2533 P* unlawful roadside solicitation of employment
HB2564 P abortion
HB2616 C living wills; health care directives
  (NOW: health care directives; guardian decision
HB2633 PZ general appropriations; 2009-2010
HB2634 C 2009-2010 capital outlay
HB2635 C 2009-2010 budget reconciliation; revenues
HB2636 C 2009-2010 budget reconciliation; general government
HB2637 C state properties; 2009-2010 budget reconciliation
HB2638 C 2009-2010 budget reconciliation; criminal justice
HB2639 C 2009-2010 budget reconciliation; K-12 education
HB2640 C 2009-2010 budget reconciliation; higher education
HB2641 C 2009-2010 budget reconciliation; health; welfare
HB2642 C 2009-2010 budget reconciliation; environment
HCM2004 P secret ballots; protecting fundamental right See Vote
HCM2006 C state land; natural resources
HCM2009 P opposing federal firearms legislation
HCR2012 P personal property; tax exemption
HCR2013 P personal property; tax exemption amount
HCR2024 C sovereignty; tenth amendment.
HCR2025 P* state expenditure limitation; reduction
HCR2036 P supporting the citizens of Iran
HR2001 P David Hurt; death resolution
SB1113 C handguns; restaurants; posting
  (NOW: restaurants; handguns; posting
SB1138 P partial-birth abortions; definition.
SB1142 P public expenditure transparency database
SB1147 P greenhouse emissions; regulations; fuel economy
SB1148 P deed restrictions; for sale signs
SB1159 C trespassing; illegal aliens
SB1160 P vehicle title; registration; legal presence
SB1161 P PSPRS; reemployment
SB1162 P GIITEM appropriation; multijurisdictional task force
SB1166 C valid identification; consular cards; prohibition
SB1167 P weapons; misconduct; application
SB1172 P schools; data; noncitizen students
SB1206 C dissolution of marriage
  (NOW: abortion
SB1242 P weapons; peace officers; posse; reserves
SB1243 P justification; defensive display of firearm
SB1270 C firearms possession; concealed weapons permit
SB1335 C unauthorized aliens; licensing
SCR1006 P state appropriation limit; reduction
SCR1009 P voter-protection; temporary budgetary suspension
SCR1010 P illegal aliens; enforcement; trespassing
SCR1020 P senate confirmation; justices and judges
SCR1026 P secret ballot; fundamental right


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