Candidate Profile
John Kavanagh

Republican , Arizona


Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), 2019-20:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business AZ (NFIB-AZ), 2017-18:  100%
American Conservative Union AZ (ACU-AZ), 2019:  92%, 94% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, 2019:  D
Border Action Network, 2012:  21%
Planned Parenthood Advocates of AZ, 2015:  0%
Secular Coalition for Arizona, 2018:  0%





Arizona Free Enterprise Club, Arizona Right to Life Action, Center for Arizona Policy Action (CAP Action), National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF


Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona Police Association, Arizona State Troopers Association, Greater Phoenix Chamber, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Arizona

Selected Contributions


David Schweikert (2008), John Sidney McCain (2008), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2017), Young Republican National Federation (2018)
Arizona Chamber of Commerce (2020), Arizona Leadership Fund (2020), Joe Arpaio (2014), National Federation of Independent Business (2014), National Rifle Association (2014)


International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2020)







Other Information


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only to save the life of the mother, if she chooses.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Non-essential spending first, such as arts and recreation, and non-essential grants to outside groups, etc.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

It means that the state does not promote a particular religion over others, nor pay to promote religion other than schools thru parental vouchers, nor does the state interfere with the free exercise of religion.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I would institute tort reform and free market principles to bring down prices and make insurance premiums tax deductible for individuals.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Law abiding people who can contribute to society when their numbers are needed and can be accommodated without affecting US employment. I would also allow family members.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Catholic who holds true to the tenants of my faith and I am a social conservative.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

My MA degree in government and politics and my PhD in criminal justice. I also retired as a detective sergeant after 20 years of police service and have been a college professor for over 209 yearsc

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I have served as a conservative for 9 years on two town councils and for 14 years in the Arizona legislature. My record is unblemished as a conservative and I am an effective proponent of conservative principles and values.

Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?


What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Prohibit felons from owning weapons and prohibit governments from over-regulating them and seizing them.

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Conservative spending (budget) Public Safety De-regulation

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

It is a threat to internal order and harmony but not necessarily to domestic security.


  • New York University (NYU), New York City, BA, 1973
  • St. John's University, New York City, MA, 1978
  • Rutgers University, Newark, PhD, 1994
Work & Military
  • NYS Army Reserve/National Gd, Sp4, 6
  • Fountain Hills Senior Services, Board Member
  • Knights of Columbus, Member
  • FH Parks and Rec Commission, Commissioner
  • Lafayette, NJ Board of Health, Member
  • Lafafette NJ Town Council, Held 3
  • Fountain Hills Town Council, Held 6

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