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John Shadegg
Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 13, 2006
LeaderDennis Hastert
Preceded byChris Cox
Succeeded byAdam Putnam
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byJon Kyl
Succeeded byBen Quayle
Constituency4th district (1995–2003)
3rd district (2003–11)
Personal details
John Barden Shadegg

(1949-10-22) October 22, 1949 (age 71)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Shirley Lueck
ParentsStephen Shadegg
Eugenia Kerr
EducationUniversity of Arizona (BA, JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1969–1975
UnitArizona Air National Guard

John Barden Shadegg (/ˈʃædɪɡ/; born October 22, 1949) is a former U.S. Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district, serving from 1995 until 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.

The district, numbered as the 4th District before the 2000 Census, includes much of northern Phoenix.

Early life, education and career

Shadegg is the son of the former Eugenia Kerr and Stephen Shadegg, both deceased. The senior Shadegg, a conservative political consultant and public relations specialist, supported Barry Goldwater's 1952, 1958, 1968, 1974, and 1980 U.S. Senate campaigns and worked with F. Clifton White and Peter O'Donnell to organize the Draft Goldwater Committee in the 1963–64 presidential campaign. Stephen Shadegg also served not as the national campaign manager for Goldwater in 1964—that post went to Denison Kitchel, also of Phoenix—but as the western regional director of the Goldwater forces. A prolific author, Stephen Shadegg was considered the person closest to Goldwater in their shared conservative philosophy.[1]

The Shadeggs are of partial Swiss descent.[2]

John Shadegg was born in Phoenix and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona at Tucson in 1972 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona Law School, also in Tucson, in 1975. He served in the Arizona Air National Guard from 1969 to 1975.

In 1975, he went to work for the law firm of Treon, Warnicke, Dann and Roush. Shadegg. In 1982, Shadegg led the re-election campaign of Robert Corbin, for Arizona Attorney General. The election was challenged with claims that Corbin buried the prosecution looking into the murder of organized crime investigative reporter Don Bolles which Corbin's former employer was suspected in. Shadegg served as Special Assistant Attorney General for Corbin between 1983 and 1990. He was also Corbin's chief lobbyist, where he was the point man for the impeachment of Gov. Evan Mecham.[3]

Shadegg served as special counsel to the Arizona state House Republican caucus in 1991 and 1992 and an adviser to the United States Sentencing Commission before entering the House.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Party leadership

From 2000 to 2002, Congressman Shadegg served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a group of conservative House Republicans.

Following the 2004 election, Shadegg was elected Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the fifth-ranking position in the House Leadership. He was the only member of the Republican Class of 1994 serving in leadership until resigning the post to run for Majority Leader in January 2006.

On January 13, 2006 Shadegg officially joined the race for the House Majority Leader as a compromise alternative candidate to Representatives Roy Blunt and John Boehner. Shadegg received the support of the National Review,[4] the Club for Growth,[5] the Arizona Republic,[6] and the blog RedState.[7] Feb. 2, after Shadegg came third in the first ballot, his supporters switched to second place Boehner, ensuring Boehner's election on the second ballot.

Shadegg ran for House Minority Whip following the loss of Republican control of the House in November 2006, losing to Blunt.

Political positions

In every Congress since the 104th Congress, U.S. Congressman John Shadegg has introduced the Enumerated Powers Act, although it has not been passed into law. At the beginning of the 105th Congress, the House of Representatives incorporated the substantive requirement of the Enumerated Powers Act into the House rules.

In 2007, he opposed several bills to set a deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq.[8][8][9][10][11][12][13] Shadegg voted against the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which increased the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour.[8][14] Shadegg voted for a bill to build a 700-mile (1,100 km) fence along the border between the United States and Mexico (Secure Fence Act of 2006).[8] In 2005, Shadegg voted against a bill to create a flag-burning amendment to the Constitution.[8][15]

Shadegg speaking at the Arizona State Capitol building.
Shadegg speaking at the Arizona State Capitol building.

Shadegg is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, he cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act[16] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[17]

Shadegg is vehemently opposed to the Healthcare Reform Package that was tabled in October 2009. He said the reform package is a "Soviet-style gulag health care", and will make American healthcare something akin to that available to the prisoners of Russian gulag.[18]

On October 14, 2009, Shadegg joined with three fellow Representatives in calling for the investigation of CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) over allegations of trying to plant "spies", based on a CAIR memo indicating that they "will develop national initiatives such as Lobby Day, and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices." The request came in the wake of the publication of a book, Muslim Mafia, the foreword of which had been penned by Congresswoman Sue Myrick, that portrayed CAIR as a subversive organization allied with international terrorists.[19] CAIR has countered that these initiatives are extensively used by all advocacy groups and accused Shadegg and his colleagues of intending to intimidate American Muslims who "take part in the political process and exercise their rights."[20][21]

In November 2009, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed confidence in the security of having five 9/11 suspects brought to trial in lower Manhattan, to which Shadegg gave an overheated response: "Well mayor, how are you going to feel when it is your daughter that is kidnapped at school by a terrorist?".[22] He later apologized to the mayor and his family for "the insensitivity of my remarks."

On March 17, 2010, after criticizing the lack of a single-payer health care system or an alternative public option in health insurance reform proposals by the Obama administration, Shadegg, who has previously responded to the possibility of such a system as, "full on Russian gulag, Soviet-style gulag health care",[23] stated in an interview, "I would support single-payer."[24] Shadegg's spokeswoman later clarified the remark, explaining that the Congressman believes that "Forcing them [health insurance companies] to compete, even through a public option, would be better than an individual mandate which will not work."[24]

On September 29, 2008, Shadegg voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 which created the Troubled Assets Relief Program.[25]

Despite his support of the second economic stimulus package bill, he voted "NO" on the first Economic Package and he also was a proponent of the 2009 Tea Party protests which condemned any bailouts, and even spoke at a rally in Phoenix.[26]

On November 30, 2010, Shadegg declared his opposition to the extension of unemployment benefits on the basis that "the unemployed will spend as little of that money as they possibly can", having commented to Mike Barnicle "Your answer is it's the spending of money that drives the economy and I don't think that's right."[27]

Political campaigns

Shadegg entered the Republican primary race for Arizona's 4th District in 1994 after four-term incumbent Jon Kyl began what turned out to be a successful run for the United States Senate. Shadegg won a four-way primary with 43 percent of the vote, and won in November. He was reelected seven times.


In 2006, the Democratic Party nominee was Herb Paine, who barely defeated his Democratic primary opponent, to face Shadegg in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006.) Shadegg retained his seat with nearly 60% of the vote.


Shadegg announced on February 11, 2008, that he would not run for an eighth term, saying that he wanted to "seek a new challenge in a different venue to advance the cause of freedom." However, Shadegg retracted the statement on February 21 and announced he would seek reelection.[28][29] Although it was speculated that he would run for the United States Senate in 2010 if John McCain had become president,[30] Shadegg had expressed his intention to leave public life and return to the private sector[29] before changing his mind.

2010 retirement

On January 14, 2010, Shadegg announced he would not run for reelection to a ninth term. In his statement, Shadegg says he will "pursue my commitment to fight for freedom in a different venue."[31]

Ealy in 2011, Shaddeg joined the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix as a senior fellow; but he is no longer formally affiliated with the group.[32]

In 2011 Shadegg joined the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a partner, working out of their Washington, DC, and Phoenix offices. In 2016 Shadegg joined the Polsinelli PC law firm in Phoenix as a partner.

Electoral history

Arizona's 4th congressional district: Results 1994–2000[33]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1994 Carol Cure 69,760 35.98% John B. Shadegg 116,714 60.19% Mark Yannone Libertarian 7,428 3.83%
1996 Maria Elena Milton 74,857 33.22% John B. Shadegg 150,486 66.78%
1998 Eric Ehst 49,538 31.19% John B. Shadegg 102,722 64.68% Ernest Hancock Libertarian 3,805 2.40% Doug Quelland Independent 2,757 1.74%
2000 Ben Jankowski 71,803 32.71% John B. Shadegg 140,396 63.96% Ernest Hancock Libertarian 7,298 3.33%
Arizona's 3rd congressional district: Results 2002–2008[33]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2002 Charles Hill 47,173 30.29% John B. Shadegg 104,847 67.32% Mark Yannone Libertarian 3,731 2.40%
2004 (no candidate) John B. Shadegg 181,012 80.10% Mark Yannone Libertarian 44,962 19.90%
2006 Herb Paine 72,586 38.23% John B. Shadegg 112,519 59.27% Mark Yannone Libertarian 4,744 2.50%
2008 Bob Lord 115,759 42.07% John B. Shadegg 148,800 54.08% Michael Shoen Libertarian 10,602 3.85%

Personal life


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