Thomas “T.J.” Shope

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Arizona Senate
Political Affiliation:
Sales Development, Finance
B.S. Political Science, Arizona State University
Roman Catholic
I am running for State Senate in LD8 because I still have a desire to serve the citizens of the district in a thoughtful manner. Every day, our state sees more and more activity from people who threaten our very way of life and I look forward to continuing to preserve the Arizona we love.
AZ Right to Life, National Federation of Independent Business, AZ Chamber of Commerce, AZ Tech Council, Arizona Association of Realtors


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals. O
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O
3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. S
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams. O
5. Providing state funding or referrals to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. O
6. Reforming the Arizona tax code to enact a flat income tax rate. S
7. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable their children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy. S
8. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O
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. S
10. Requiring public schools to teach comprehensive sex education. O* I do however believe a district or charter school should be free to teach SexEd if desired with an opt-in for parents.
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. S
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. O