Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

President Signs Gosar-Flake Water Rights Settlement into Law

2014/12/17

For Immediate Release Date: December 17, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement upon receiving news that President Obama signed into law late Tuesday night the Congressman’s sponsored legislation H.R. 4924, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act:

“With the president’s signature, my sponsored legislation now has the unanimous support of every single member of both the legislative and executive branches of our government. Very few meaningful bills have ever seen this type of bipartisan support and I consider this legislation to be one of Arizona’s biggest victories this year.

“The Gosar-Flake bill is a win-win for all involved. This legislation protects private property rights, supports 4,000 jobs (175 in Mohave County alone), facilitates an Indian water rights settlement and will result in a significant net water benefit to the basin and Mohave County. Incredibly, all this will be achieved without any federal expenditure. I want to thank the many parties involved, especially Senator Jeff Flake, for making this water rights settlement possible.”

Additional:

H.R. 4924 facilitates the achievement of a fair and equitable settlement of certain claims within the Bill Williams River watershed among the Hualapai Tribe, the U.S. Department of the Interior acting on behalf of itself and as trustee for the Tribe, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and Freeport McMoRan Minerals Corporation.

The bill is good for private property owners and good for local economies. The agreement will provide certainty for the Bagdad Mine, which has an annual economic impact of $339.1 million to the state of Arizona, and sustains nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs. The Hualapai Tribe benefits from this legislation by securing certain water rights from two non-federal contributions provided by Freeport-McMoRan for an Infrastructure Study Fund and an Economic Development Fund.

Arizona and Mohave County further benefit from the bill as this legislation will result in an overall net water use reduction in the basin and county of nearly 30,000 acre-feet per year. This reduction benefits residents in Lake Havasu and Bullhead City as this water can be put to use in future water and economic development projects. There is also a provision in the bill that allows for new public access for hunting and fishing. Mohave County further benefits by keeping 175 mining jobs and $16 million in economic benefit. Furthermore, the State of Arizona will pay Mohave County in full for all property tax revenue lost as a result of this legislation (just over $2,000 per year). 

Finally, while a fraction of the land at Planet Ranch will now be temporarily leased by the Bureau of Reclamation to assist with the Multi-Species Conservation Program (MSCP), all of this leased land will eventually be donated to the state by Freeport-McMoRan. Utilizing this land for MSCP purposes makes a lot of sense as the land is adjacent to the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge and such activities will prevent more animals from being listed as endangered species. This bill will also provide further certainty and benefits for existing water and power users in the region.   

Congressman Gosar has posted a fact sheet for H.R. 4924 on his website which can be found HERE.

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In Case You Missed It: Rep. Gosar Leads Effort to Investigate Solar Sales Tactics

2014/12/17

For Immediate Release Date: December 16, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after spearheading a letter to the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Edith Ramirez urging the Commission to investigate the sales practices of companies offering third-party leases for rooftop solar systems:

“It has been reported that some companies are using potentially deceptive sales techniques and overstating potential savings in order to get consumers to sign lengthy leases for rooftop solar systems. Reportedly, consumers are being enticed by some solar leasing companies who offer zero-money-down leases, essentially teaser rates, for a 20-year lease agreement. The sales presentations, however, purportedly inflate grid power rates. If these allegations are true, these possibly misleading leases could be a serious threat to consumers as they are tied to our citizens’ homes and have the potential to cause significant harm to the solar industry.

“Even more troubling, one of the largest solar leasing companies has partnered with a strategic sales company that sold large numbers of subprime mortgages to unsuspecting homeowners in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that these companies have utilized questionable business practices. 

“My letter to Chairwoman Ramirez simply asks the FTC to look into these practices and answer a series of questions in relation to the current regulatory structure for these systems and sales techniques. In order to protect consumers and expand domestic solar production, proper oversight of the emerging rooftop solar industry must be maintained.”

Background

Congressman Gosar’s letter to FTC Chairwoman Ramirez can be found HERE.

You can read the June 24, 2014 Bloomberg article titled “Rooftop Solar Leases Scaring Buyers When Homeowners Sell” by clicking HERE.

You can read the November 22, 2014 op-ed by Sean Paige, senior fellow with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, by clicking HERE.

Other signees of the Congressman’s letter include Reps. Lamar Smith, David McKinley, Jeff Miller, Cynthia Lummis, Andy Harris, Morgan Griffith, Mo Brooks, Matt Salmon, Ted Poe, Alan Nunnelee and Trent Franks. 

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Senate Passes Gosar Sponsored Bill to Honor Arizona Icon, Barry M. Goldwater

2014/12/16

For Immediate Release Date: December 16, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Senate successfully passed the Congressman’s sponsored legislation H.R. 3027,to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 442 Miller Valley Road in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Barry M. Goldwater Post Office”:

“For the third time in as many weeks, I am extremely pleased to see the Senate pass one of my sponsored bills, this time, honoring one of Arizona’s greatest public servants, Barry Goldwater. It is only appropriate that my bill should be signed into law this year during the fiftieth anniversary of the five-term Arizona Senator’s campaign for the Presidency of the United States.

“Barry Goldwater’s influence on American history and politics cannot be understated. He paved the way for the modern Conservative movement while continuing to fight for the principals passed down to us from the founding fathers including advocating for limited government and protecting individual liberty. Above all else, regardless of political ideology, Barry Goldwater will always be remembered for his integrity and patriotism. I look forward to the president signing this bill into law and celebrating the life of an iconic Arizonan.”  

Additional

The entire Arizona Delegation—both Republicans and Democrats—are co-sponsors of the bill.

Congressman Gosar introduced this bill following town halls in the Prescott area where constituents called for honoring the late Senator. Over 100 Arizona residents signed a petition to rename the Miller Valley Road post office. The location was suggested by the local postmaster.

You can read a recent feature article from the Washington Times on the life of Barry Goldwater HERE.

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Senate Passes Gosar-McCain Jobs Bill, Awaits President’s Signature

2014/12/12

For Immediate Release Date: December 12, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included the Congressman’s sponsored jobs legislation, H.R. 687, The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act:

“For the second time in as many weeks, I commend the Senate for passing one of my jobs bills, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange, which will create 4,000 jobs and generate $60 billion for Arizona’s economy. Once the operation is running, this mine will provide 25% of the United States’ copper supply and be the largest copper mine in North America.It is always refreshing to see bipartisan efforts from members in both the House and Senate, working together for the good of our constituents who have made it clear that they want Congress to focus on job creation. This mine is a remarkable achievement for Arizona and will provide economic and, with the land exchange, ecological benefits for decades.

“Once again, I want to recognize Senator McCain for all of his hard work supporting this legislation, and all the local Arizona groups who have shared our common interest of job growth and economic development. I urge the president to promptly sign this legislation into law so that Arizona can celebrate the holiday season with a copper Christmas.”  

Background

Congressman Gosar has created a page on his official website dedicated to providing information on his sponsored legislation, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. It can be viewed HERE.

This bill would facilitate the development of an underground copper mine that will reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy and minerals. This legislation is not only a jobs bill, it's a conservation bill. The lands the federal government acquires in the exchange are highly-coveted recreational and conservation areas.

This legislation is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Supply Association, the American Clean Energy Resources Trust, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Northwest Mining Association, the National Mining Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Rep. Gosar Joins Effort to Save Sacred Hopi Artifacts

2014/12/12

For Immediate Release Date: December 12, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) announced that after meeting with Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie last week, he would help the Hopi retrieve its cultural artifacts now in Paris, France and set for imminent auction. The Hopi sought out the Congressman, and other members of the Arizona delegation, for assistance in intervening to try to stop the auctioning of culturally significant artifacts.  Accordingly, Congressman Gosar, joined by other members, authored a letter to the U.S. State Department asking for a review of the pending auction.

“Hopi culture places great significance to certain items. Chairman Honanie personally explained to me how these artifacts are important to them culturally and religiously. He brought pictures of the items and explained the religious significance of each one.  For such a compelling case of sacred property, I was more than happy to help and try to get the State Department to look at this matter and take action before the auction occurs.”

Additional

The signed letter to the U.S. State Department can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Votes against Deeply Flawed “CROmnibus” Spending Bill

2014/12/12

For Immediate Release Date: December 11, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after voting against the passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, better known as the “CROmnibus” spending bill:

“The time has come where Congress must stand for something or fall for everything. The American people voted overwhelmingly for a change in how business is done in Washington D.C. and this “CROmnibus” does the exact opposite. They are fed up of the executive overreach coming from President Obama and his big government policies. They are fed up with Congress passing massive spending bills with little to no time to read what is actually in the bill.

“By not taking a stand against this flawed process, we are damaging, for future generations, the institution that has been the heartbeat of our Republic. My constituents did not send me to Congress to be part of the status quo. I will continue to stand against the president’s unconstitutional amnesty as well as the flawed process of lawmaking without proper oversight and accountability.”

Background

The “CROmnibus”, also known as the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, combined a continuing resolution and omnibus funding bill. The agreement preserves the previously agreed upon Ryan-Murray spending caps of $521 billion for defense and $492 billion for non-defense spending. 

The omnibus portion of the bill funds 11 of 12 appropriations bills that fund the various parts of the federal government. The continuing resolution funds the Department of Homeland Security as the only agency not funded through the end of the fiscal year. The funding for Homeland Security will expire on February 27, 2015. It is understood that the president’s executive action granting legal status for millions of illegal immigrants would be implemented through the Department of Homeland Security.

Congressman Gosar voted against the bill primarily because it failed to immediately take action to defund the unconstitutional presidential amnesty order. But the bill also contains several key victories spearheaded by the Congressman and many reforms he supports. 

The Congressman passed an amendment cutting hundreds of millions from the IRS. This bill closely parallels Gosar's amendment to cut IRS spending. Information about that amendment can be found HERE.

In addition, section 416 of the Transportation Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill prohibits funds from going to the NHTSA's unconstitutional national roadside survey. That was a Gosar amendment.  More information on that legislation can be found HERE. Additionally, the appropriations section contains Congressman Gosar's amendment prohibiting funding for scrims. More information about that amendment can be found HERE

Congressman Gosar also supports funding cuts to the EPA, funding to combat ISIS, the full funding of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), no new funding for Obamacare, and funding for wildfire fighting among other provisions in the bill.

 

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Rep. Gosar on “Obamacare Architect” Gruber: He Got Caught Telling the Truth

2014/12/10

For Immediate Release Date: December 9, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after participating in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing examining Obamacare transparency failures:

“Today was further confirmation of the reality many of us have already known about the implementation of Obamacare. The testimony from Mr. Gruber and Ms. Tavenner confirms that the Obama Administration, including the Department of Health and Human Services, misled, deceived and outright lied to the American people in order to take whatever action necessary to pass their partisan, ideological healthcare law.

“It sickens me to hear the testimony from today’s witnesses, and it’s sad that the administration played politics with our citizen’s healthcare. After questioning Mr. Gruber, I absolutely believe that he was caught telling the truth during the numerous videos that document his disdain for government transparency as well as the intellectual capacity of American voters. 

"Mr. Gruber’s insights and elitism reflect a common trend seen throughout an administration plagued with incompetence and scandal, which most recently was overwhelmingly rejected in the midterm elections. The American people have made it very clear that they want an open and honest legislative process. Our citizens deserve the truth and House Republicans will continue fighting to hold this rogue administration accountable for their actions.

Additional:

Watch the video of Congressman Gosar at today’s hearing HERE.

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In Case You Missed It: Gosar Speaks in Support of Lawsuit against Independent Payment Advisory Board

2014/12/05

For Immediate Release Date: December 5, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) participated yesterday in a press conference with other Members of Congress who have signed onto filing a “friend of the court” brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking them to hear a legal challenge to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by the Affordable Care Act:

“I am proud to be an ally in the fight against one of the most egregious and detrimental parts of Obamacare, threatening the ability for patients and doctors to control their healthcare decisions. As a medical professional for over twenty five years, I can attest to the harmful effect the IPAB will have on healthcare as the Obama Administration continues to push their far left ideology of government run healthcare upon the American people. The foundation of our society has always been the freedom to choose, and IPAB deliberately works to limit consumer choice.

“The effort to stop IPAB has gathered support of Republicans and Democrats alike who are working proactively to stop this disaster before it is too late. It is imperative the Supreme Court take up the legality of this unaccountable, unelected board of government bureaucrats as soon as possible. The impact will be irreversible and cripple our healthcare providers’ ability to do their jobs and take care of their patients.”

(Rep. Gosar speaking in front of the U.S. Capitol Thursday afternoon)  

Background

(From the Goldwater Institute)The IPAB is a 15-member board created to set reimbursement rates for Medicare and to determine which procedures, treatments and drugs will and will not be covered by the government programs that pay for the medical treatment of more than 48 million Americans. IPAB decisions cannot be challenged in court and the Board itself cannot be repealed except for during a short window in 2017.

These features are unique to the IPAB. Never in American history has another board been created with such broad authority to impact government rulemaking that cannot be challenged in court or repealed. The brief filed on December 4, 2014, urges the U.S. Supreme Court to accept a legal challenge to the IPAB filed by the Goldwater Institute.

Congressman Gosar is an original cosponsor of H.R. 351, introduced by Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01), to repeal the IPAB which has 227 sponsors.

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not to take the case, Coons v. Lew, by June 30, 2015. Read the Congressional amicus brief HERE.

 

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House Passes Critical Gosar Jobs Bill

2014/12/04

 

For Immediate ReleaseDate: December 4, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 which included the Congressman’s bill authorizing a federal land exchange in Southeast Arizona by a recorded vote of 300-119:

“This is a great day for America and a great day for Arizona. Copper is once again king in Arizona, and our military and our manufacturing base will be assured of critical domestic copper supplies. I am extremely pleased that the House once again passed my Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. Attaching to the must pass Defense Authorization makes a lot of sense as my bill will lead to new critical mineral production and paves the way for mining one of the largest copper deposits ever discovered in North America, producing enough copper to meet nearly 25% of U.S. demand.  It was a true pleasure working closely with Senator McCain who is spearheading this effort in the Senate.

“The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act will create nearly 4,000 new jobs and bring in more than $60 billion over its lifetime to the economically-depressed Town of Superior, Arizona and the surrounding region. This victory comes after years of tireless work by both the House and Senate. 

“It is important to note that addressing environmental and tribal concerns played a critical role in the final approval of this legislation. For those reasons, the exchange was modified from the original bill so that the transfer of the Oak Flat property will not occur until after an environmental study is performed on the mine and other activities related to the land exchange. This concession was included at the request of  Native Tribes.  Additionally, the original bill has been modified to allow tribes to access the Oak Flat campground for years to come until the area is deemed unsafe. It also designates 807 acres of the Apache Leap Cliffs as a ‘special management area,’ which places it under Forest Service protection and ensures the cliffs will not be damaged by the mine. 

“Historically, land packages have been a common addition to the Defense Authorization as the development of natural resources, such as copper included in many of our defense weapons and systems, directly impacts our national security.

“Building a stronger environment for job creation and economic growth in Arizona was one of the primary reasons I ran for Congress. It is the fundamental cure to combating a sluggish economy and brings real prosperity to the people of Arizona. This legislation was one of the first bills I sponsored as a member of Congress and I consider it to be a monumental accomplishment that it is on its way to passage through the Senate and hopefully being signed into law in a timely manner.”

 

Background:

Congressman Gosar has created a page on his official website dedicated to providing information on his sponsored legislation, The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. It can be viewed HERE.

The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act would facilitate the development of an underground copper mine that will create new American jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy and minerals, and generate revenue for federal and state treasuries.  In addition, the measure would transfer environmentally sensitive lands into federal stewardship. This legislation is not only a jobs bill, it's a conservation bill. The lands the federal government acquires in the exchange are highly-coveted recreational and conservation areas.

This legislation is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Supply Association, the American Clean Energy Resources Trust, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Northwest Mining Association, the National Mining Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers.

The Defense Authorization included more than Congressman Gosar’s land exchange bill. Also present in this legislation were other important provisions that were strongly supported by Congressman Gosar such as:

-Authorizing important resources for paying our troops as well as making sure our men and women in uniform have the tools and equipment necessary to safely and successfully accomplish their missions. -Authorizing vital support for TRICARE as well as national defense weapons systems and platforms, including ballistic missile defense. -Denying the Administration's proposal to increase pharmaceutical co-pays over multiple years.-Provisions to help reverse the trend of military suicide by appropriating $45.3 million towards psychological health programs.-Prohibiting the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo to the United States as well as the prohibition of the construction of new terrorist detention facilities in the United States. -Providing for the refueling of the USS George Washington, includes limited purchase of EA-18G Growlers, MQ-9 Reapers and AWACS, and bans the retirement of any A-10 aircraft.

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Senate Passes Gosar-Flake Water Rights Settlement Bill, Awaits President’s Signature

2014/12/03

For Immediate ReleaseDate: December 2, 2014

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed the Congressman’s sponsored legislation, H.R. 4924, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act:

“I am thrilled to see the Senate act in a timely manner to pass my common sense legislation. Once again, we see that the strong merits of this settlement are so evident that it is one signature away from having the unanimous approval of the entire legislative and executive branches of our government. That is truly a rare and commendable achievement in a time of divided government.

“Today’s action by the Senate further demonstrates our commitment to protecting jobs, precious water resources and private property rights in Western Arizona. Again, I want recognize and commend Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain who worked hard on the Senate companion of my legislation. I would also like to thank the entire bipartisan House delegation for their support of this bill. Finally, I would like to thank all the parties involved in reaching the agreements approved by this bill including the Hualapai Tribe, Freeport McMoRan, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and the Department of Interior.”

Background:

H.R. 4924 facilitates the achievement of a fair and equitable settlement of certain claims within the Bill Williams River watershed among the Hualapai Tribe, the U.S. Department of the Interior acting on behalf of itself and as trustee for the Tribe, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and Freeport McMoRan Minerals Corporation.  The first of the two agreements codified by this legislation allows for certain private water rights owned by Freeport to be severed and transferred to provide water certainty for one of the company’s mining operations. The Bagdad Mine has an economic impact of $339.1 million dollars to the state of Arizona, and sustains nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs. Under this first agreement Freeport will also donate 3,400 acres of private land to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to be managed as part of the Multi-Species Conservation Program. Finally, this first agreement will benefit waters users throughout the West as Freeport has agreed to cap its withdrawals of water in the Wikieup Wellfield at 10,055 acre-feet, despite being entitled to nearly 40,000 acre feet of existing water rights. Thus, Congressman Gosar’s bill will result in an overall net water use reduction in the basin of approximately 30,000 acre-feet per year. 

The second of the two agreements approved by H.R. 4924 will secure certain water rights for the Hualapai Tribe as well as two non-federal contributions that will be provided by Freeport to the Tribe for an Infrastructure Fund and an Economic Development Fund. In addition, there is a provision in H.R. 4924 that will allow for new public access for hunting and fishing on the lands involved with this legislation. Furthermore, the local counties benefit from the good paying jobs and tax revenue associated with the continued use of the mine. An economic analysis from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University found that the associated impact from the Bagdad Mine on Mohave County’s economy is approximately $16 million and 175 jobs.

Preliminary Congressional Budget Office Estimates indicate that the bill costs nothing to the federal government and will not score. Congressman Gosar has posted a fact sheet for H.R. 4924 on his website which can be found HERE.

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2315
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Congressman Paul A. Gosar, DDS hails from Prescott, Arizona and is serving his second term in Congress as the Representative from Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District.  As a health care provider and small business owner, Gosar is focused on bringing jobs back to the district, reforming health care, reining in government spending, and ensuring that the American people are involved in the solution making process.

Before being elected to Congress in 2010, Gosar owned his own dental practice in Flagstaff for twenty-five years.  His experience in Dentistry earned him the recognition of the Arizona Dental Association’s “Dentist of the Year,” and he was also inducted into the Arizona Dental Association’s Hall of Fame.  His experience in working to reform health care first came when he served as the President of the Arizona Dental Association and as the Vice-Chair of the American Dental Association Council on Governmental Affairs.

Whether Gosar is in Washington fighting for his constituents, or back home in Arizona listening to the people and working together to find solutions to the problems that face Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District, he remains committed to ushering in a new era of government that empowers individuals and reforms the bureaucratic procedures that stifle job creation and innovation.


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