John Kavanagh

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Arizona House of Representatives
Political Affiliation:
Retired Police Detective Sgt. and College Professor
BA New York University, Master's Degree St. John's University and PhD Rutgers University
Wife, Linda, two children and one grandchild.
Roman Catholic
I am a political and social conservative who is pro-life and who believes in limited government and personal freedom. I believe in free markets that maximize personal and business achievement and provide opportunity and a good lifestyle for the people. I have held these views since high school and have promoted them in my personal life, in my nine years service on two town councils and in my fourteen years in the Arizona legislature. I have A+ ratings from both the NRA and American Conservative Union. I do not believe I have ever taken a position opposed by the Center for Arizona Policy.
AZ Free Enterprise Club, AZ Right to Life, National Federation of Independent Business, AZ Chamber of Commerce, AZ Tech Council


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* I oppose background checks between family members and other close associates.
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
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* I am open to studying it and maybe a small trial. I don't want a repeat of California's disaster.