State Representative John Huppenthal has served in the Arizona legislature 12 years, from 1993 to the present, including 8 years in the Senate and 4 years in the House of Representatives. He represents District 20, including Tempe, Chandler and Ahwatukee.
Representative Huppenthal was born in Michigan City, Indiana and moved to Arizona in 1953. He was educated at St. Johns Elementary and Sal Point High School in Tucson. He received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and an Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University (ASU). For eight years, from 1984-1992, John served on the Chandler City Council. During his tenure from 1993-2000, as State Senator from District 6, he was chairman of the Senate Education Committee. In 2001-2002, John served his first term in the House of Representatives, and chaired the House Health Committee. Currently representing the newly formed District 20, he is in his second term at the House and chairing the House Government and Retirement Committee. Representative Huppenthal is also a Senior Planning Analyst for Salt River Project.
John currently resides in Chandler with his wife, Jennifer, two daughters, Brooke and Morgan, and two dogs, Nanuck and Silver. He is Chairman of the Board of the Ball Charter School, where his daughters attend school. He is a member of Saint Timothy’s Church and is actively involved in volunteering his time to Saint Timothy’s Angel’s, a men’s group that builds wheel chair ramps for the home bound elderly and aids in the remodeling of homes for crisis pregnancy centers and completing other home repairs for families in need.
John adheres to the values of less government intervention and regulation, fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, and low taxes. He believes in government accountability and continually reforming government to improve services and efficiency. John believes government policy should be based on principles of sound scientific and economic research and analysis.
In Representative Huppenthal’s 12-year legislative career, he has amassed an impressive record of prime-prime sponsored bills, in a range of areas serving a variety of constituencies and interests. He has a solid record of cost savings to the state, working to keep taxes low and initiating groundbreaking education, healthcare and retirement system reforms. Beyond his record of legislation, he has held many committee chairmanships, including Senate Education, House Health, House Government and Retirement and Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Under his guidance these committees were run efficiently and they passed landmark legislation.
John is known for creating legislation that is built on consensus. He has chaired numerous ad hoc and subcommittees that have positively impacted freeway construction, CPS reform, approaches to addressing fuel shortages, and bioterrorism, among other critical issues. He has a long-standing reputation for working for constituents, and introducing legislation on their behalf. Representative John Huppenthal is committed to good government through a philosophy of less government, less paper work, and less taxes.