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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

District 23

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
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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Final Vote
HB2034 P* nuclear emergency appropriation and assessment
HB2035 P* resign to run; public declaration
HB2036 P* aerial luminaries; prohibited
HB2068 P* public schools; chambers of commerce
HB2069 P* appropriations; named claimants
HB2072 P* live animal prizes prohibited
HB2073 P* animal abuse; prohibited animal ownership
HB2082 P* lottery prizewinners; confidentiality
HB2112 P* state procurement code; construction
HB2136 P firefighter and EMT memorial
HB2147 C unemployment benefits; proof; eligibility
  (NOW: eligibility; unemployment benefits
See Vote
HB2154 P* condominiums; planned communities; administrative hearings
  (NOW: supplemental appropriation; mortgage settlement monies
HB2155 P* homeowners' associations; reserve fund disclosure
HB2156 P* elections; public resources prohibited See Vote
HB2157 P* public declaration; resign to run
HB2158 P* court-ordered evaluations
HB2164 P* DHS; food inspection; exception
HB2169 P* universities; student organizations; tuition; fees
HB2213 P job training program; business plan
  (NOW: job training program; reporting requirements
HB2214 P job training program; qualified applicants
HB2216 P job training program; incumbent workers
HB2234 C firearm; definition
HB2260 C certified public accountants See Vote
HB2396 P* attorney general; compromises; settlements; deposit See Vote
HB2397 P* vehicle impoundment; lack of insurance
HB2438 C paycheck deductions; public employers
HB2484 C veterans; hiring preference; tax credit
HB2503 P* supplemental appropriation; IRC.
HB2515 P* sex offenders; networking websites; notification
HB2521 P* laetrile; prohibition
HB2554 P* firearm regulation; state preemption
HB2555 P* potentially violent persons; reporting requirements
HB2578 C licensing; accountability; penalties; exceeding regulation
HB2617 P school tuition organizations; preapproval; entities See Vote
HB2618 P* police training; potentially violent persons
HCM2003 C copper mining; support
HCM2005 C federal government; fiscal responsibility
HCM2008 C PFC Servin; medal of honor
HCR2003 P* medical marijuana; repeal
HCR2005 P* public retirement systems
HCR2017 C ballot measures; reauthorization; exemption
HCR2034 C Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 C recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 P Boy Scouts of America
SB1161 C animal abuser registration; registry
SB1162 C sales tax; reduced reporting requirements
SB1240 C public sale of animals
SB1363 C empowerment scholarship accounts; expansion; funding
SB1384 P taxis; prearranged ground transportation service
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SB1464 C mining advisory council; membership
SCR1020 C Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 P death resolution; Bill Konopnicki


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