Harry Mitchell

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Harry Mitchell, a Democrat, represented the Fifth Congressional District of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 8 - 2/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 80 - 16/20 75 - 15/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 60 - 12/20 not avail.


http://www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/userletter/?letter_id=5461541156   (a very crude article, but may offers some links and perspective)





Iraq War


For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Health Care


Environmental record

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Born and raised in Tempe, Mitchell earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Arizona State University in 1962. He later earned a master's degree in public administration from ASU in 1980. In 1964, he began teaching American Government and Free Enterprise at Tempe High School, which he had attended and graduated from not long before. He held this position until he retired in 1992. [1][2]

In 1970, Mitchell entered the world of electoral politics when he was elected to the Tempe city council. In 1980, he was elected mayor - a job he held until his retirement in 1994. The position was part-time in nature, however, so he was able to continue teaching. In 1998, Mitchell sought and won a seat in the Arizona Senate, representing Tempe and parts of southern Scottsdale. Terms limits ensure that 2004 would be Mitchell's last campaign for Arizona Senate. One year later, with the 2006 midterm elections approaching, Mitchell ran unopposed for chair of the Arizona Democratic Party after chairman Jim Pederson stepped down to run for the United States Senate. He was elected on August 20, 2005. Mitchell himself stepped down from the position in April of 2006 when he announced his bid for U.S. Congress. [3][4]

He and his wife Marianne have two grown children. [5]

2006 election

Mitchell successfully challenged Republican Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the 2006 congressional elections.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Arizona superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Harry Mitchell, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Harry Mitchell
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data

Background information on J.D. Hayworth, whom Harry Mitchell challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


DC office
  • 731 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-3254 Fax: 202-224-9369
    Webform email
District offices
  • 7201 East Camelback Road, Suite 335, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
    Ph: (480) 946-2411 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

Articles and resources


    External resources

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