FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2011
CONTACT: Daniel Scarpinato
Steve Court replaces Tobin as Majority Leader
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (April 28, 2011) – State Representative Andy Tobin is the new Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. Representative Steve Court will replace him as House Majority Leader.
A Republican from Paulden, Speaker Tobin was elected Thursday by his peers, bringing a diverse business background and wide-ranging life experience to the job. Tobin called former Speaker Kirk Adams a “friend” and praised his leadership of the House.
“Kirk’s leadership was key to our tremendous successes this year, and we intend to stay on that winning path. My prayers and best wishes are with Kirk and his family,” Speaker Tobin said. “I am truly honored to have the support of the Republican caucus as we continue to address some of the most difficult challenges Arizona has ever faced and fight to preserve our freedoms. We will continue to debate the federal government over states’ rights and federal overreach. We will keep the state budget balanced, making sure we don’t bury our children in more debt under the guise of helping them – all the while only handing them the bill and interest payments. I also want to thank my wife Jennifer and my kids for all their support as I take on this great responsibility.”
Meet Andy Tobin:
Born in Manhattan and raised on Long Island, Mr. Tobin moved to Arizona in 1979 and spent 14 years in the banking and real estate mortgage loan business in Phoenix, working through the saving and loan crisis. His business experience ranges from the aerospace and manufacturing industries to banking, finance, insurance and marketing. He was CEO of a local aerospace company employing 200 people for three years.
Mr. Tobin currently lives in Paulden, a small community north of Prescott in Yavapai County, where he owns small business specializing in employee benefits and commercial insurance.
Elected to the Legislature in 2006, Mr. Tobin represents District 1 – a sprawling rural district that encompasses Sedona, Williams, the Verde Valley and the Prescott Tri-city area. He’s the first rural Speaker of the House since former Speaker Jake Flake.
As Majority Leader, Mr. Tobin was instrumental in the legislative successes this past session, helping to author and pass a truly balanced budget, pension reform and the Jobs Bill. Prior to being elected Majority Leader in January, he was House Majority Whip for two years – elected after only one term in office.
A mainstream, common-sense conservative, Mr. Tobin is a member of the Chino Valley and Prescott Valley Chambers of Commerce, the Arizona Rifle and Pistol Association, the Rotary, the Eagles and the Knights of Columbus.
His leadership as a legislator has been recognized by a diverse number of groups. Former vice-chairman of the House Education Committee, Mr. Tobin was selected as the Arizona School Board Association’s Freshman Legislator of the Year in 2007 and the School Superintendents Association Legislator of the Year in 2008. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce has also recognized him as a Legislator of the Year and the Arizona Small Business Association named him Legislator of the Year in 2008 when he received the highest score of any lawmaker ever.
Speaker Tobin has been married to his wife Jennifer for 25 years and has five children, ages 16 through 24. Mr. Tobin has been a soccer, basketball and t-ball coach.
Last – but certainly not least – Speaker Tobin is a devoted Yankee’s fan, but promises he rooted for the Diamondbacks during the 2001 World Series.
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