John Huppenthal

John Huppenthal

Infobox Senator
name= John Huppenthal

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jr/sr and state= Arizona
party= Republican
term= 2005
date of birth= birth date|1954|3|3|mf=y
place of birth= Michigan City, Indiana
date of death=
place of death=
spouse= Jennifer Huppenthal (2 daughters)
religion= Roman Catholic

John Huppenthal (born March 3 1954) is a Republican State Senator in the Arizona Legislature. He represents District 20, an urban district in the Phoenix area that includes Ahwatukee, west and central Chandler and South Tempe.

His political career includes serving as City Councilman and State Representative, in addition to his current job as State Senator. [ [ Member Page ] ] Huppenthal is also a Senior Planning Analyst for Salt River Project.


Huppenthal was born in Michigan City, Indiana and moved with his family to Arizona during childhood. He graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University. He then obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Personal life

He volunteers for Saint Timothy’s Angels, where they remodel homes for the benefit of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, build wheel chair ramps for the home bound elderly and repair homes for families in need. [ Huppenthal's Bio] Schmuck, Frank ]

He currently resides in Chandler with his wife, Jennifer, his two daughters Morgan and Brooke.


Chandler City Council (1984-1992)

Huppenthal was elected to the Chandler City Council in 1984. He served two four-year terms as City Councilman. As a City Council member, Huppenthal quickly developed a reputation for outstanding constituent service.

During this time Chandler grew from 35,000 residents to over 100,000. In 1984, 13% of Chandler citizens rated Chandler city government as excellent. By February 2006, that rating had risen to 47% (Chandler Public Relations), the highest excellence rating of any city of 50,000 residents or larger in Arizona [Maricopa Association of Governments, Collection of City Survey Measurements] .

Arizona State Senate (1992-2000)

Huppenthal was first elected State Senator in 1992. In the primary election and his first legislative race, Huppenthal faced two opponents. One was Jerry Brooks, a former Mayor of Chandler and the other was Don Goldwater, the nephew of Barry Goldwater. Huppenthal won with nearly 50% of the vote in a three-way race. 1992 Arizona Secretary of State canvas results] Huppenthal faced no serious election challenges for nearly a decade after that. As a state senator from District 6, he was chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Arizona House of Representatives (2000-2004)

In 2000, Huppenthal was elected State Representative, serving from 2000 to 2004. [ Project Vote Smart - Senator John Huppenthal - Biography ] ]

Arizona State Senate (2005-Present)

In 2004, Huppenthal announced he would seek to regain his State Senate seat. Huppenthal was supported by U.S. Senator John McCain, who issued a statement praising Huppenthal as a "straight shooter" and a "friend of the taxpayer". [cite journal | author=Mike Sunnucks | title=McCain helps Huppenthal, tech group backs Mead in key race | journal=The Business Journal of Phoenix | date=August 24, 2004 | url= ] Huppenthal won by a 60% to 40% margin. [ Arizona Secretary of State 2004 Primary Canvas results] ]

In 2005, an effort to recall John Huppenthal was launched but failed to obtain enough signatures to make it to the ballot [ Huppenthal recall drive ends] Templar, Le East Valley Tribune] . The recall effort claimed he was out-of-touch with District 20 voters. Huppenthal recall]

Huppenthal has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation in his legislative career. [ [ Member Page ] ]


External links

* [ Official Huppenthal for Senate website]

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