Andy Tobin, Kirk Adams
Republican Arizona lawmakers Andy Tobin, left, and Kirk Adams
talk at the Capitol in an undated file photo.
Steve Court, Andy Tobin, Cecil Ash
Newly elected House speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, center, chats with his new majority leader Steve Court of Mesa, left, and Rep. Cecil Ash, also of Mesa. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Rep. Steve Court, R-Mesa, newly elected House majority leader, chats Thursday with Flagstaff Democrat Tom Chabin. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 2:24 pm
Updated: 1:52 pm, Fri Jun 24, 2011.
PHOENIX (AP) — Kirk Adams is leaving the Legislature to enter
what is shaping up as a hotly contested congressional race in
southeastern Maricopa County.
The Mesa Republican stepped down as Arizona House speaker and
gave up his legislative seat Thursday and then announced his
candidacy for Congress.
Adams says his campaign platform will be based on balancing the
federal budget, instilling spending reform and promoting economic
U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake is running for U.S. Senate, and the opening
for Flake's current House seat has attracted several fellow
They include former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon and former state Sen.
Salmon represented an earlier version of the district for six
years, leaving office in 2001.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011 2:24 pm.
Updated: 1:52 pm.