Ben Toma

 

Virulently homophobic, far-right MAGA Republican extremist, Ben Toma is a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 27. He assumed office on January 9, 2023. His current term ends on January 13, 2025. Toma ran for re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent District 27. He won in the general election on November 8, 2022. Toma began serving as state House majority leader in 2021, and as state speaker of the house in 2023. Toma is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 8th Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the Republican primary on July 30, 2024.
Arizona Republicans Challenge Campaign Spending Law In Appeals Court
"Arizona legislative leaders appeared before the state court of appeals Tuesday to challenge a voter-backed campaign finance disclosure law they say violates the state constitution. Senate President Warren Petersen of Gilbert and House Speaker Ben Toma of Peoria, both Republicans, say Proposition 211 — or the Voters Right to Know Act — takes rulemaking authority away from the Legislature and over-delegates that authority to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, an agency of the executive branch. Proposition 211 was supported by more than 70% of voters in the 2022 general election and requires any person or organization making campaign media expenditures of more than $50,000 to statewide elections or $25,000 to local elections to disclose the original source of any contributions totaling more than $5,000."
May 7, 2024
Republicans Punish Dems For Staging A ‘Drag Story Hour’ For Adults In The AZ House Basement

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"Democratic members of the Arizona House of Representatives are having their privileges to use meeting rooms in the chamber revoked after they used a room in the basement to host a drag story hour alongside Planned Parenthood on Tuesday.

Rep. Lorena Austin, D-Mesa, the nation’s first nonbinary Chicane legislator, reserved the room so that Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona could hold a drag story hour on Tuesday morning. When Republicans, who have spent the last several years crusading against drag and the LGBTQ community, learned about the event, it sparked an outrcy."

May 1, 2024
Arizona Democrat And GOP Lawmakers Booted From Committee After Backing Abortion Ban Repeal
"Two Arizona state House lawmakers were removed from key committees Monday following the chamber’s vote to repeal the state’s 1864 abortion ban, with one Republican who voted with Democrats among them. Arizona state House Rep. Matt Gress (R) was removed from the Appropriations Committee, while Rep. Oscar De Los Santos (D) was removed from both the Appropriations Committee and Rules Committee." [ . . . ] "Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma (R) and Speaker Pro Tempore Travis Grantham (R) did not immediately respond when reached for comment on the removal of Gress and De Los Santos from the committees."
Apr. 24, 2024
Every name in RED, as of this date, has now voted 3 times in two weeks to keep the 1864 Abortion Ban on the books and the law of Arizona.
Apr. 18, 2024
Instead Of Fixing Arizona Abortion Law, Republicans Take A Vacation
"Republicans in the Arizona Legislature had a chance to address the 1864 law, they used another option—they ran for the exits. GOP lawmakers ignored votes to suspend the archaic law and instead voted to take a recess. Twice. Republicans aren’t taking immediate action. They’re not even taking less-than-immediate action. Their reaction to efforts to repeal the 1864 ban was to get out of town for the next week." [ . . . ] "Both Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma and Senate President Warren Peterson are supporters of the 1864 law. Toma and Peterson provided an amicus brief in favor of restoring the Civil War-era legislation."
Apr. 11, 2024
Gilbert Senator Must Testify In Vote-Suppression Case
"The state’s top Republican lawmakers can’t avoid having to answer questions about their backing of legislation making it more difficult to register to vote. Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a claim by House Speaker Ben Toma and Senate President Warren Petersen of Gilbert that any inquiries into the background of how 2022 legislation became law runs afoul of legislative privilege."
Dec. 7, 2023
U.S. High Court: Arizona Lawmakers Can't Dodge Voting Rights Questions
"Arizona’s top Republican lawmakers can’t avoid having to answer questions about their backing of legislation making it more difficult to register to vote. Without comment Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a claim by House Speaker Ben Toma and Senate President Warren Petersen that any inquiries into the background of how 2022 legislation became law runs afoul of legislative privilege. The justices did not explain their decision."
Nov. 27, 2023
Petersen And Toma Trying To Torpedo Deal That Would Lead To State’s Obligation To Pay For Gender-Affirming Surgery
"Top Republican lawmakers are trying to torpedo a deal that would result in a court order that would forever obligate the state to pay for gender-affirming surgery for its employees and dependents. And, if nothing else, they don’t want the state on the hook for $500,000 in legal fees claimed by the attorneys that sued. In arguments filed in federal court, Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma say they are not trying to block the state’s insurance program from covering the hysterectomy sought by Russell Toomey who filed suit four years ago. That, they said, already is going to happen, pointing out that Gov. Katie Hobbs signed Executive Order 2023-12 in June directing the Department of Administration, the state’s personnel arm, to remove language exempting “gender reassignment surgery” from the health care policies now available to state and university employees and retirees."
Sep. 4, 2023
Arizona Lawmakers Move To Block "Dark Money" Law
"In a new court filing, Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma contend that Proposition 211 infringes on the constitutional right of the Legislature to make laws. Now they want Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Frank Moskowitz to override what voters approved just last year. The new litigation comes less than two months after a different Maricopa judge tossed out a challenge filed by the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and the Center for Arizona Policy. Scott McCoy rejected their claims that the requirements of the law to disclose the true identity of those who spend money to affect candidate races and ballot measures violates the rights of donors." [ . . . ] "Proposition 211, approved in November by a 3-1 margin, was designed to close that loophole."
Aug.7, 2023
Arizona GOP Legislative Leaders File Emergency Motion To Uphold Transgender Athlete Ban Law
"Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma filed Wednesday’s motion to stop the federal injunction"
Aug. 2, 2023
Toma Calls Executive Order On Conversion Therapy Illegal, Unconstitutional
"The top House Republican contends a new order by Gov. Katie Hobbs banning the use of public funds for “conversion therapy” is illegal and appears to violate the rights of parents to make decisions for their children. In a letter Monday to the governor, House Speaker Ben Toma acknowledged that some states have banned the practice. But he said that is something that can be done only by the Legislature."
Jul. 3, 2023
Top Arizona Republicans Ask To Defend Trans Athlete Ban In Court
"Trans people, and women in particular, have been repeatedly singled out by Republican politicians in recent years, as the party has weaponized biological essentialism to push discriminatory legislation and appeal to the fringe."
May 2, 2023
GOP Arizona Legislators, Including Leaders Of The House And Senate, Subpoenaed To Testify In Special Counsel Probe Of Trump
"At least three Arizona Republican state legislators have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Justice Department’s special counsel, Jack Smith, as part of the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and his efforts to reverse his 2020 election loss. The federal grand jury subpoenas were issued to Senate President Warren Petersen, Sen. Sonny Borrelli and House Speaker Ben Toma. And at least one former state senator, Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who led the Senate’s Election Committee in 2021, received a subpoena. All four have been ordered to produce records and travel to Washington, D.C., to testify."
Feb. 17, 2023
Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative District 27
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 8: Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 9: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

In other words, as PROVEN by this bill, Republicans and ammosexuals find it wrong to discriminate against inanimate objects but have no problem discriminating against people.

Center for Arizona Policy
2020 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-22
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 9: Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Battle Lines Drawn In Arizona Gay Discrimination Case
Dec. 24, 2018
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-22
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 9: Protecting a parent’s right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same– sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
Council Candidate Investigated
Sep. 18, 2014

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