Jack Brown was the sole Mormon Democrat in the AZ legislature. Brown was also Senate Minority Leader. He was term limited out in the Senate, so Brown and fellow Mormon Jake Flake, who was term limited out in the House, cut a deal to swap seats (even though Flake is a Republican and Brown is a Dem). Flake, who was Speaker of the House, tried to discourage other Republicans from running against Brown telling them "that position is already filled".
Although Flake was not able to prevent Republican Sylvia Tenney from running against Brown, the plan worked. Flake was elected to Brown's seat in the Arizona Senate and Brown was elected to Flake's seat in the Arizona House. Isn't it marvelous!
For more on Jake Flake see link below:
The good news is that Sylvia Laughter lost her seat representing Northern Arizona and the Navajo Nation.
For more on Sylvia Laughter see here:
Sunday, December 26, 2004
The new Arizona Legislature will be sworn in in January 2005. Here's what happened in the last election to some of our Mormon elected officials: