ENG: Paul Anthony Gosar (born November 27, 1958) has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona since 2011, representing Arizona's 4th congressional district. The district includes most of the rural western portion of the state. He represented the neighboring 1st district during his first term.
Early life, education, and dentist career
Gosar is a native of Pinedale, Wyoming, the son of Bernadette M. (née Erramouspe) and Antone John "Tony" Gosar. His paternal grandparents were Slovenian and his maternal grandparents were Basque immigrants from Banca, France. He is the older brother of Pete Gosar, a former college football player at the University of Wyoming, who made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic Party nomination for the office of Governor of Wyoming in 2010.
Gosar earned his D.D.S.
from Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry and owned his own dentistry practice in Flagstaff for 25 years. He was the Arizona Dental Association's “Dentist of the Year” in 2001, has been inducted into the ADA Hall of Fame, and served as their President. He was also President of the Northern Arizona Dental Society and the Vice-Chair of the ADA Council on Governmental Affairs.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2010
In 2009, Gosar--who had never run for elected office before--announced he would challenge Democratic incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick in the 1st district in the 2010 elections. Gosar has been identified as a Tea Party candidate by The New York Times because the Arizona Tea Party features Gosar on its website.
Libertarian nominee Nicole Patti was also on the ballot.
Gosar won the Republican primary. He was endorsed by Sarah Palin and three Arizona county sheriffs: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Coconino County Sheriff Joe Richards, and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. Kirkpatrick challenged him to five debates across the district. Gosar initially agreed to one debate but later withdrew. Gosar released a statement explaining the decision to withdraw from the debate was based on the long drive to and from KAET in Phoenix, which organized the debate.
A producer at KAET said Gosar's staff told the station the candidate could not participate in the debate because he would be attending a fundraiser instead.
Gosar defeated Kirkpatrick in the November 2, 2010 general election, taking 49.7 percent of the vote.
Following changes made in redistricting, Gosar was going to seek re-election in the 1st district, which was made less favorable to Republicans. However, with Kirkpatrick priming for a rematch, Gosar changed his mind and announced in January 2012 he would run in the newly created 4th district, which is heavily Republican. As part of the move, he bought a second home in Prescott, which he claims as his official residence.
Gosar initially faced a tough primary fight against Babeu. However, Babeu pulled out in May 2012 due to allegations of abuse of power. Gosar then easily defeated former state senator Ron Gould and businessman Rick Murphy in the Republican primary, all but assuring him of a second term.
In the November general election, he routed Democratic challenger Johnnie Robinson, taking 67 percent of the vote.
January 5, 2013