Andrew 'Andy' S. Biggs
Wife: Cindy; 6 Children
Attended, International Relations, Arizona State University
BA, Asian Studies, Brigham Young University
JD, University of Arizona
MA, Political Science, Arizona State University
Representative, United States House of Representatives, Arizona, District 5, 2017-present
Former President, Arizona State Senate
Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Arizona, District 5, 2018, 2020
Senator, Arizona State Senate, District 12, 2010-2017
Majority Leader, Arizona State Senate, 2011-2012
Representative, Arizona State House of Representatives, District 22, 2002-2010
Member, Committee on the Judiciary
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Former Vice Chair, Appropriations Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Member, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, United States House of Representatives
Former Member, Environment Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member, Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member, Joint Legislative Audit Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Vice Chair, Judiciary Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Vice Chair, Legislative Council Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Chair, Rules Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Member, Senate Ethics Committee, Arizona State Senate
Former Member, Space Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, United States House of Representatives
Former Member, Subcommittee on Energy (Science, Space, and Technology), United States House of Representatives
Former Member, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight (Science, Space, and Technology), United States House of Representatives
No professional experience on file.
Member, Arizona State Bar Association, present
Member, New Mexico State Bar Association, present
Member, Washington State Bar Association, present
Former Policy Advisor, United Families International
#1 friend of the taxpayer, Arizona Federation of Taxpayers
Friend of Liberty, Goldwater Institute
Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business
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If elected to represent you in Congress, I pledge to introduce these six bills in my first two weeks on the job.
1. No pay for all Members of Congress until a balanced budget is passed.
Congress has passed only one budget in the last 6 years. As a result, a national spending spree has ensued and our debt will exceed 20 trillion dollars by Election Day this November. This is unacceptable.
Americans work hard for their paychecks and do not get paid if they do not work; I believe Congress should be held to that same high standard. My "No Budget, No Pay" bill will ensure that Congress does not get paid if they refuse to do their most basic duty of creating and passing a balanced budget.
2. Rein in the bureaucratic rule-making process from the executive branch and restore it to Congress.
Onerous rules and regulations perpetrated by faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats are crushing our productivity and devastating our economy.
I believe Congress should make the laws, not unelected bureaucrats. When I am elected, I will introduce a bill to take back Congress's law-making authority and restore accountability in Washington.
3. End the ObamaCare loophole designed to benefit Members of Congress.
I believe Congress should under the laws it creates. Unfortunately, many in Washington, DC believe they are entitled to special treatment and have exempted themselves from the "train wreck" that is ObamaCare by exploiting a little-known loophole.
When I am elected, I will introduce a bill to force Congress to live under the laws it passes and close the ObamaCare loophole.
4. Pass Grant's Law to protect innocent U.S. citizens from violent illegal immigrants.
In 2015 alone, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) released nearly 20,000 criminal illegal immigrants, including those convicted of murder, sex crimes, and drunk driving. These releases can no longer be tolerated.
Time and time again, we've seen these individuals apprehended and convicted of violent crimes, only to be let out the back door by our federal immigration enforcement agencies. This practice has resulted in the deaths of many law-abiding American citizens, including Grant Ronnebeck, an East Valley resident and store clerk, who was shot to death in a convenience by a criminal illegal immigrant who never should have been freed in the first place.
When I am elected, I will introduce Grant's Law, to keep criminal illegal immigrants, like Grant's killer, from being released onto our streets and into our communities.
5. Repeal Common Core and return all control of our education policies to the states and locals.
I believe the education of our children is best handled by our local communities, not career bureaucrats, way off in Washington, DC.
When I am elected, I will work to free our local school districts from federal mandates and one-size-fits-all policies, like Common Core, and get back to local control of our education system. Our children's education is simply too important to be left to failed federal policies and they deserve nothing less than our very best.
6. Remove Arizona from the 9th Federal Circuit Court and into a newly established 12th Federal Circuit.
The 9th Federal Circuit Court is too large, too overworked, too slow, and has 77% of its rulings overturned. In fact, it has been said that if the American federal judiciary system were to be designed from scratch today, the Ninth Circuit probably wouldn't exist.
States like California exert disproportionate influence over Arizonans in the Ninth Circuit, with half of the Circuit's population being Californian. By establishing a new 12th Federal Circuit, we greatly reduce the burden on the 9th Federal Circuit and ensure that Arizona's values are more accurately reflected, advanced and defended by the rule of law.