Judy Burges

 

  Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 1, and a former member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 22. She was first appointed to the State Senate by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on January 23, 2012. Burges previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 4, from 2005 until her appointment to the State Senate. Senator Burges chaired the Government, Joint Legislative Audit, and Appropriations Committees while serving in the House and served as vice chair for numerous other committees. In 2011, Burges was joined by 30 Arizona Republican lawmakers as co-sponsors of HB 2544, a bill that required presidential candidates to prove that they were born in the United States, are over 35 and have resided in the United States for at least 14 years. This action dovetailed with the birther movement started in 2008 repudiating Barack Obama's natural citizenship. The measure ultimately failed to pass. In 2013, Burges fought against US involvement with the United Nations initiative, Agenda 21, the Rio declaration of environmental principles, claiming that she would "certainly call it communism." She further falsely claimed that Brazil is a communist nation. In April 2014, Burges traveled to Nevada and showed support for rancher Cliven Bundy, who was resisting a cattle round-up after refusing to pay grazing fees since 1993. "I stand with them," Burges said of the Bundy family. In 2017 Burges had an email exchange with an elderly constituent that was widely publicized. The constituent was asking about HB 2404 that required petition gatherers in initiative campaigns be paid by the hour rather than by the signature. Within Burges response, she called the 82-year-old widow and longtime Scottsdale resident a "paid troll."

Sources: Wikipedia, Ballotpedia & Vote Smart

Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative District 1
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
GOP Lawmakers Ask Gov. Ducey To Withhold Funding From School Districts Mandating Masks
Several prominent Arizona Republicans issued a joint letter Wednesday afternoon asking Gov. Doug Ducey to withhold funding and begin legal action against school districts that are not following state laws.
Aug. 11, 2021
Losing Arizona: Is Rep. Judy Burges An Insurrectionist?
"Burges signed on to a letter to Congress asking lawmakers to accept 11 “alternate” electoral votes for Trump or to have all of the state’s electoral votes “nullified completely until a full forensic audit can be conducted.”"
Mar. 10, 2021
Center for Arizona Policy
2020 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-1
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.
Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day: Judy Burges
May 10, 2018
Arizona Senator Calls Citizen A WHAT?
 
"You must be a paid troll."
Mar. 22, 2017
Arizona Lawmakers Who'll Make Your Jaw Drop
Mar. 30, 2017
Speaking Hate At The State Capitol
Feb. 2, 2017
Center for Arizona Policy
2016 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate 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 6: Prohibiting government from discriminating against an individual, organization, or small business based on their beliefs about marriage.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 10: Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Roll Call: Who Supported Expanding Dark Money In Arizona?
Jul. 18, 2016
Lawmaker Killing Bill Defending Arizonans Due To House Changes
Apr. 20, 2016
Encyclopedia Of American Loons: #1433: Judy Burges
Aug. 12, 2015
Arizona Senate Committee Votes To Make Federal Government Optional
Feb. 11, 2015
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Senate LD-22
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.
Arizona Legislators See Cliven Bundy As A Hero?
Apr. 19, 2014
List Of Arizona Republicans Who Voted For Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill
Feb. 28, 2014

 

SB-1062 - SB 1062 was an Arizona bill to amend an existing law to give any individual or legal entity an exemption from any state law if it substantially burdened their exercise of religion, including Arizona law requiring public accommodation.

 

SB 1178 - Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes an individual to use potential infringements of religious freedom as a claim or defense in a legal proceeding.
Antiscience Bill Dies In Arizona
"A typical instance of the "academic freedom" strategy for undermining the integrity of science education, SB 1213 specifically targeted "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming[,] and human cloning" as supposedly controversial."
Feb. 25, 2013
Judy Burges, Republican State Senator, Claims Agenda 21 Will Turn Arizona Into Commie-Land
Feb. 19, 2013
Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Senate LD-22
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.

 

HB-2780 - Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that exempts ranch dogs involved in shepherding or herding livestock from animal protection laws.
Highlights:
  • Defines “cruelty to animals” as certain actions including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Neglect or abandonment;
    • Failure to provide medical attention;
    • Infliction of unnecessary personal injury to the animal;
    • Torture; and
    • Killing the animal.
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.
Tea Party Introduces 'Wacky' And 'Ludicrous' Conspiracy Bill To Shut Down Arizona Energy Efficiency Programs
Apr. 4, 2012

 

SB 1365 - Authorizes religious objections by professionals. An early version of SB 1062 which would allow "professionals" to refuse service or treatment to members of the LGBTQ community under the guise of "religious freedom".
'Birther Bill' Back In Arizona; Rep. Judy Burges Pitches Birth Certificate Legislation Again
Jan. 26, 2011
State Representative Judy Burges Proposes "Birther" Bill For Arizona
Jan. 18, 2010
Center for Arizona Policy
2010 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-4
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-4
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.
Center for Arizona Policy
2006 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-4
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.
Arizona State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test
Position Sought: State Representative LD-4
  Campaign Finance and Government Reform Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

No l) Should Arizona recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yes m) Should Arizona restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?

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