David Gowan

 

Serial homophobe and far-right Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 19. He assumed office on January 9, 2023. His current term ends on January 13, 2025. Gowan ran for re-election to the Arizona State Senate to represent District 19. He won in the general election on November 8, 2022. Gowan is a former Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 14 from 2009 to 2017. He served as speaker of the House from 2015 to 2017 and majority leader from 2013 to 2014. Gowan was a 2016 candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Arizona. He dropped out of the race on August 11, 2016, and endorsed Gary Kiehne in the Republican primary. In late 2013, Gowan was one of a number of Republican lawmakers, represented by the Goldwater Institute who sued Governor Jan Brewer in an attempt to block the state's acceptance of Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During his tenure as Speaker, Gowan faced controversy including for spending House funds on redecorating. As state House speaker, Gowan generated controversy in April 2016 for revoking access of reporters to the House floor unless they agreed to an extensive criminal and civil background check. The publisher of the Arizona Capitol Times suggested that Gowan's change in the rule was in retaliation for its investigative journalism. In 2021, Gowan sponsored legislation that would allow the Arizona state Legislature to override election results; he later dropped the bill. Gowan is running for re-election to the Arizona State Senate to represent District 19. He is on the ballot in the Republican primary on July 30, 2024.
Vote Expected On Plan To Protect 2 Arizona Supreme Court Justices From Losing Their Seats
""If passed by the voters, it contains a clause that would nullify the results of this year’s retention election, meaning Bolick and King would stay on the bench even if the voters voted them out of office. The proposal would also temporarily scrap retention elections in the near future, making judicial appointments basically lifelong terms as long as they have good behavior." [ . . . ] "Sen. David Gowan, a Republican from Sierra Vista, introduced the bill in February. In March, it passed the Senate on a party-line 16-14 vote."
Jun. 11, 2024
MAGA Senators Recruiting Armed Out-Of-State “Peace Officers”
"Republican Arizona State Senators David Gowan and Janae Shamp co-sponsored new legislation (SB 1683) which promotes the cross-certification of peace officers from adjacent states (California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico) and paves the way for out-of-state peace officers to work in Arizona law enforcement agencies. Fellow Republican Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers, who supports the legislation, as seen below, thanked Coconino Sheriff Jim Driscoll and his deputies “for putting forward SB 1683 to supplant [sic] Coconino County with cross-state-border law enforcement augmentation.”" [ . . . ] "Rogers’s celebration of out-of-state peace officers coming to Arizona and “supplanting” or “augmenting” local law enforcement agencies may be cause for alarm among some Arizonans — and federal officials — as she has been linked to the Oath Keepers, the “far-right anti-government militia whose leaders have been convicted of violently opposing the government of the United States.”"
Feb. 15, 2024
6 Republican Lawmakers Push Legislation To Ensure Trump Can Stay On Arizona’s Ballot
"Six Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation to ensure former President Donald Trump can stay on Arizona’s ballot, regardless of claims that he violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In other states, the case has been made that the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause disqualifies Trump from running for president or holding public office. Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes says current state law doesn’t allow him to unilaterally remove Trump from the ballot, but that a decision from the court could potentially have that outcome."
Jan. 23, 2024
Election Threat Index
Jan. 5, 2024

The anti-Drag Storey Time Bill. This bill would apply only to libraries and other government facilities.

This bill, had it become law, would be the same as laws covering a cabaret but with the words "drag show" instead of "cabaret". This is simply a sneaky attempt to outlaw drag shows.

Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate District 19
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.
Shame On Every Republican Who Voted To Sabotage Arizona's Schools
"It’s not surprising that our leaders finally broke down and agreed to allow the public schools to spend money that’s already sitting in their bank accounts – money the Legislature appropriated last June. What is stunning is that 20 Republicans – 14 in the House and six in the Senate – actually voted to stiff the schools and to heck with the impact on the one million Arizona children who attend them."
Feb. 22, 2022
Is Sen. David Gowan An Insurrectionist?
"In the current legislative session, Gowan is behind a “strike everything amendment” to Senate Concurrent Resolution 1006 that would ask voters to give the Legislature the power to disregard the public vote and “the sole authority to appoint the presidential electors who will cast this state’s votes in the Electoral College.”"
Mar. 16, 2021
GOP Proposal Would Criminalize ‘Intimidating’ Police, First Responders
“This bill is another example of the extreme backlash facing Black and brown communities who are organizing against police violence"
Jan. 15, 2021
Arizona Republicans Back Texas AG’s Attempt To Overturn Election
"Arizona state Reps. Nancy BartoFrank CarrollJohn FillmoreMark FinchemTravis GranthamAnthony KernSteve PierceBret Roberts and Kelly Townsend, and Sens. Sylvia AllenSonny BorrelliDavid Gowan and David Livingston signed onto the amicus brief."
Dec. 10, 2020
Who Are The Republicans Attacking Arizona’s Education?
"Proposition 208 passed during the 2020 general election, and received 1,675,810 votes, with approximately 52% of the vote and also received more votes than President-Elect Joe Biden, or Donald Trump did this election ... Now, there is a group of Republican politicians that are teaming up with one another to find any possible way to undermine the education funding initiative–including a joint lawsuit attempting to challenge the constitutionality of the education-funding proposition. This Republican coalition to invalidate the Invest in Education initiative includes Republicans from both legislative chambers, and even statewide politicians."
Dec. 7, 2020
As Coronavirus Spreads In Arizona, Some Members Of Legislature Show Less Concern Than Others
Mar. 18, 2020
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Senate LD-14
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".
Arizona Catholic Conference 2018 Candidate Survey
 
Question #4. Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
 
 SUPPORT
2018 - Source
Crazy/Stupid Republican Of The Day — David Gowan
Dec. 21, 2017
Ex-House Speaker David Gowan Avoids Charges In Expense Probe
"Brnovich said his attorneys and investigators found “a lot of questionable, even I would say unethical behavior”"
Jul. 18, 2017
More Money In Arizona Legislators' Pockets Is 'Reform'?
Jan. 27, 2017
What Is House Speaker David Gowan Hiding?
Aug. 19, 2016
Center for Arizona Policy
2016 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: U.S. House of Representatives CD-1
Question 4: 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
Question 9: 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.
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
David Gowan's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
May 10, 2016
The Arizona House Speaker's Unwavering Fascination With Pawnshops
Apr., 26, 2016
Reporters Unmasked Arizona’s House Speaker, So They Had To Be Punished
Apr. 8, 2016
Lawmaker: State Adoption Preferences Still Don't Recognize Gay Marriage
Apr. 6, 2016
Gowan Repays State $12,000
Feb. 25, 2016
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-14
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: 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
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
List Of Arizona Republicans Who Voted For Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill
Feb. 28, 2014
Constantin Querard's Taxpayer-Paid Bootlickers David Gowan, Steve Montenegro, Carl Seel, Steve Smith, And Kelly Townsend Do Their Master's Bidding
Feb. 26, 2013

PLEASE NOTE:  A "Yes" vote would allow ranch dogs to be neglected or abandoned, killed and tortured. It would allow the owner of a ranch dog to inflict unnecessary injury to the animal and not provide medical attention.

*SB 1365 would have allowed a doctor to refuse to treat a person who was LGBTQ or allow a waitress or waiter to refuse service to a person who was LGBTQ simply by saying it was against their sincerely held religious beliefs to treat or serve a queer person.

Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-14
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: 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 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
De-Kook The Capitol: Laurie's Top Ten Kooks
2011
Center for Arizona Policy
2010 Survey Questions For Arizona And County Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-30
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 12: 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 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Center for Arizona Policy
2008 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-30
Question 8: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 9: . Adding “sexual orientation” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Center for Arizona Policy
2006 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-30
Question 7: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 8: . Adding “sexual orientation” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
  

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