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Arizona - 3rd District

Incumbent -- John Shadegg (R) ; Will retire at end of current term (announced Jan. 14, 2010). Defeated by Rep. David Schweikert, R, in a primary on Aug. 28

Safe Republican
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Updated Oct. 14, 2010

Ben Quayle's victory in the GOP primary means there will very likely be a Quayle in Congress for the first time since 1989, when his father, Dan Quayle, resigned his Indiana Senate seat to serve as vice president.

Ben Quayle overcame some bad press to win the 10-candidate primary, but he should have little trouble moving past lawyer Jon Hulburd in this Republican-leaning district, which lies north of Phoenix.

In a better political climate, Democrats might have been able to target this race. But given the realities of this cycle, this seat is nowhere close to being in reach.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The 3rd District takes in a large chunk of northern Phoenix and the hills and suburbs north of the city. The 3rd remains predominately white, but a booming Hispanic population in the district has cut into that majority.

Northern Phoenix is home to many large planned communities. Significant population growth has caused the political dynamics of the northern part of the district to fluctuate. Young professionals moving into communities such as New River are mixed with conservative residents in such areas as the large community of Anthem.

Many of the state's most affluent and politically active residents live east of Phoenix in the posh community of Paradise Valley. The town is exclusively zoned for single-family residences and collects no property taxes.

The local economy relies on electronics and aerospace equipment manufacturing. Aerospace manufacturer Honeywell, which has locations throughout the area, is one of the district's largest employers. The 3rd also is home to the Mayo Clinic Hospital, and health care accounts for a significant portion of the district's economy.

District voters tend to support economically and socially conservative candidates at both the local and federal levels. Democrats are concentrated in the southern part of the 3rd, where the district extends to downtown Phoenix.

Major Industry

Technology, manufacturing, electronics, health care


Phoenix (pt.), 642,533; Anthem, 21,700; New River, 14,952; Paradise Valley, 12,820


Locally brewed Cave Creek Chili Beer has a pepper in every bottle.




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