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Fifty-third Legislature - First Regular Session
  John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

District 23

1700 W. Washington
Room 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5170
Fax Number: (602)

Personal Information:
Home City: Fountain Hills
Occupation: Retired
Member Since: 2007
John Kavanagh is a twenty-year resident of District 23, which covers most of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Rio Verde, and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. John and his wife, Mayor Linda Kavanagh of Fountain Hills, have been married for 37 years and have two sons, Jonathan and Nicholas. John is a professor of criminal justice at Scottsdale Community College and director of the collegeís 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.

John was awarded a BA in Liberal Arts from NYU, a Masters Degree in Government from St. Johnís 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.


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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2226 C compact; balanced budget; convention
HB2253 C state veterinarian; animal identification; appropriation
HCR2013 C convention; balanced federal budget
SB1001 P* civil liability; minors; animals; vehicle.
SB1009 P* theft; American flag; penalty
SB1016 P* governor's regulatory review council; continuation
SB1017 P* electric personal assistive mobility devices
SB1018 P* process servers; motor vehicle records
SB1019 P* public records; unduly burdensome requests
SB1021 P* municipal service access cards; requirements
SB1022 P* political beliefs; hate crimes; training
SB1023 P* dispensers; prescription drug monitoring See Vote
SB1032 P* public service corporations; hydroelectric power
SB1033 P* board of executive clemency; continuation
SB1047 P* medical student loans; board; continuation
SB1048 P* Christian Science nurses; reporting duty
SB1049 P* text messaging while driving; prohibition
SB1050 P* private process servers; duties
SB1051 P* aggressive solicitation; approaching stopped vehicle
SB1052 P* ASRS; optional retirement benefits; overpayment
SB1053 P* ASRS; board powers
SB1060 C homeowners' associations; dispute process
SB1062 C property tax oversight commission; continuation
SB1075 P* aggravated assault; private process servers
SB1076 P* telecommunications fund; report; website
SB1086 C sentencing; aggravating factor; texting
SB1087 C wireless communication device; driving; prohibition
SB1088 C vehicles; collisions; injury; texting; penalty
SB1091 P* nuclear emergency appropriations; assessments
SB1100 P* GIITEM subaccount; uses; specialized equipment
SB1112 P* laetrile; prohibition
SB1113 P* HOAs; artificial grass ban prohibited
SB1136 P* schools; computer coding instruction
SB1137 P* vendor; payment by warrant; fee
SB1138 P* encumbrance documents; exceptions
SB1139 P* collector car auction; special plates
SB1140 P* peace officer training board; membership
SB1141 P* animal abuser registration; registry
SB1154 C G&F omnibus
SB1164 P* Arizona procurement code; amendments
SB1185 P* precinct committeemen; term of office.
SB1186 P* alarm industry; fingerprint requirements
SB1187 P* sentencing; aggravating factor; political affiliation
SB1188 P* procurement process; professional; construction services
SB1189 P* state budget; estimates; notice
SB1190 P* public safety; supplemental benefits; continuation
SB1198 P* public accommodation; services; civil actions
SB1199 P* criminal history investigation; name change
SB1200 P* elections; candidates; requirements See Vote
SB1212 C tax credit cap; angel investor
SB1237 P* early voting; ballots; processing
SB1238 P* early ballot envelopes
SB1239 P* parking violation; disabilities; access aisles
SB1240 P* homeowners' associations; streets; authority
SB1241 P* TPT exemption; charity golf tournament
SB1242 P* tax information; disclosure; municipal auditors
SB1243 P* misconduct involving weapons; public places
SB1244 P* committee of reference; standing committee
SB1270 C authorized third parties; electronic title
  (NOW: reauthorization; county transportation excise tax
SB1279 C special sentencing provisions; unlawful presence
SB1281 C empowerment scholarship accounts; revisions
SB1305 P* election equipment certification; procedures manual
SB1306 P* election results; statewide electronic format
SB1307 P* voter registration; presidential elector deadlines
SB1344 P* firearms; state preemption; independent contractors
  (NOW: firearms; state preemption; employees
SB1366 C peace officer; victim; aggravating factor See Vote
SB1367 C abortion; live delivery; report; definition See Vote
SB1408 P* counties; municipalities; euthanizing animals
SB1431 C empowerment scholarships; expansion; phase-in
SB1439 C end-of-life; discrimination; prohibition
SB1470 C lottery game; veterans assistance
SB1472 C memorial; veteran diversity
SCM1002 C division; ninth circuit; urging Congress
SCR1002 P* application; Article V convention.
SCR1004 C death resolution; Gus Arzberger
SCR1005 C death resolution; George Lemen
SCR1006 C death resolution; M. Lee Allison
SCR1007 C death resolution; John Hays
SCR1008 C death resolution; Rick Lavis
SCR1013 P* initiative; referendum; signatures; legislative districts
SCR1020 C death resolution; Marian Lupu
SCR1024 P* application; Article V convention; appropriation
SCR1026 C civics education; Arizona schools
SCR1034 C death resolution; Eleanor Ann Day


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