Name: Andy Biggs
Political party: Republican
Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 5
City of residence: Gilbert
Current office: U.S. representative, 5th Congressional District
EDITOR’S NOTE: Andy Biggs did not respond to multiple written and telephone requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is publishing information about his candidacy based on web research, statements issued by his campaign and media coverage.
The incumbent cites illegal immigration, taxes and repealing Obamacare as top issues, according to his website.
Biggs favors tighter border security and supports President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the southern U.S. border.
He also said he wants to “simplify our tax structure and make sure that all tax cuts become permanent,” according to his website.
Biggs is a vocal critic of abortion. He also stands behind the protection of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, protecting the country’s present sources of energy, putting America first when it comes to involvement in foreign affairs and supporting the military.
Biggs, 59, was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002, and he served until the end of 2010. He served as the majority leader in the Arizona State Senate from 2011 to 2012 and was elected president of the state Senate in 2012.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Asian studies from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a law degree from the University of Arizona.
He and his wife, Cindy, have six children.
Biggs was unopposed in 2016. This year, he is running against Democratic Joan Greene.
The 5th Congressional District includes Gilbert, Queen Creek and parts of Chandler and Mesa.
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Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the numbers of term Andy Biggs has served in the U.S. House, as well as the dates he served as Arizona Senate president. He is seeking his second term in the U.S. House, and he was elected president of the state Senate in 2012.