Martha McSally

Martha  McSally


  • NameMartha McSally
  • Party Affiliationrepublican


Office sought: Congressional District 2

Party: Republican

Age: 46

Employer and position: Recently resigned as professor of national security studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany.

Education: Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy; master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Air War College.

Political experience: Lost in CD8 special election primary.

Top priority: Giving some folks in Washington the boot and getting people back to work again.

How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?

I will go to Congress to tirelessly represent and fight for the people of Southern Arizona. At the national level, we must take the current uncertainty out of the economic situation so that small business owners have the confidence to start hiring again. Small businesses account for 7 out of every 10 jobs created in this country - we need to turn them loose.  I will support legislation that makes it easier for small business owners to start putting more Southern Arizonans to work and spending/investing capital. We must create an environment of certainty, confidence, and growth by reduce regulations, repealing Obamacare (while replacing it with initiatives that will bring the cost of health care down so it is affordable and available), and stabilizing, simplifying, and reducing taxes. I will also fight tirelessly to keep the critical defense missions and capabilities at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ft. Huachuca, and the 162nd Air National Guard Wing, all of which are critical to our economic and defense future.   

Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?

We need to focus our efforts on serious initiatives that bring the cost of health care down so it is affordable and available to all Southern Arizonans, while reserving Medicaid for those who are truly in need.  Healthcare costs are skyrocketing and will bankrupt our citizens and country if we do nothing, but a government run or expanded option is not the solution.  We need to repeal Obamacare and replace it with initiatives that truly bring the cost down and do not add to our suffocating debt.  This is a complex problem, and we need someone in D.C. with the education and experience of solving complex problems to represent Southern Arizonans.

If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?

I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives and focused on what I need to do to get the federal government to do its job of securing our border, transforming the legal immigration system, and enforcing the laws already on the books.  The federal government has failed to do its job to protect our community from illegal activity and SB 1070 was an understandable AZ response to these failings.  I will not rest until the federal government steps up to the plate to do its job so local law enforcement are not asked to do it for them. 

In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?

I am passionate about education and the criticality of it for our country’s future.  I only had the opportunities I had so far in life due to an excellent education.  My mom went back to work after my father died suddenly at 49 and gave her life in service as an educator until she retired just recently.  Our nation is currently 26th in the world in math and 28th in science.  Education needs to be funded and run from the local level - not thousands of miles away in Washington, DC. I'll leave it primarily to local officials and parents to work for better schools and education based on principles of choice, competition, and excellence. 

Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?

I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives and will have oversight of federal agencies.  In that role, I will fight to ensure the process to receive the two federal permits is fair and more expeditious.  The State and local officials should do the same for their permitting processes.  No government at any level should pick winners and losers in business but ensure objective, fair, expeditious processes to maximize economic development based on factual analysis, not PR campaigns and hype. 

What is the most important issue in your race?

Congressional approval is at an historic low from the American people.  I am stepping up to serve my country and community again with a desire to restore the core values of representative government. The most important quality we can have in our elected officials is trust.  I took the same exact oath of office for 22 years as an officer in the military and I take it seriously.  We will not agree on many things, but I will listen to the voters and work with them to solve the complex issues our nation and community face.  The most important issue we face right now is the economy and how our spending, debt and lack of fortitude has sent us spiraling down a path of high unemployment, high deficits and low confidence. We need a representative in Congress who has the education, proven leadership, energy, and moral courage to work towards pragmatic solutions to bring confidence and hope back to Southern Arizonans. I am humbled to ask to serve you in this calling.  


Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
CD 8 Republican primary Arizona 8th Congressional District 2012 National Primary
CD 2 Republican primary Arizona 2nd Congressional District 2012 National Primary
CD 2 2nd Congressional District 2012 National General
Congressional District 2 Republican primary 2 2014 National Primary

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