Name: Mark Brnovich
Political party: Republican
Position sought: Arizona Attorney General
City of residence: Phoenix
Occupation: Arizona Attorney General
EDITOR’S NOTE: Brnovich 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.
If elected for a second term, Attorney General Mark Brnovich vowed to continue focusing on consumer protection, according to an Oct. 10 Arizona PBS debate.
Brnovich, 51, said his office has returned a “record amount of restitution” to Arizona consumers, upwards of $40 million, according to a video interview with Arizona Republic reporter Maria Polletta on Oct. 22.
In addition, Brnovich praised his office’s increased prosecution on “would-be terrorists” and those who have committed sex crimes against adults and children.
As attorney general, Brnovich has been involved in high-profile cases. He joined 19 other state attorneys general in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. He also signed a brief in defense of Jack Phillips, the Colorado cake shop owner who refused service to a gay couple because it conflicted with his religious beliefs.
And, in September 2017, Brnovich sued the Arizona Board of Regents, arguing that universities had violated the state Constitution by raising in-state tuition. A Maricopa County Superior Court dismissed the lawsuit.
Before running for attorney general, he was the former director of the Arizona Department of Gaming and worked for the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian-conservative think tank.
He worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and he has served as an assistant U.S. attorney.
Brnovich has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a law degree from the University of San Diego.
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