Too Many Bad Takes to Count: Mark Finchem’s Horrible Record on Supporting Arizona Veterans and Military Families

For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 6, 2022


Too Many Bad Takes to Count: Mark Finchem’s Horrible Record on Supporting Arizona Veterans and Military Families 


PHOENIX – On the 21st Anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, Arizonans across the state are taking time to reflect on the sacrifices of our military community, veterans and their families. Arizona’s veterans deserve the utmost respect and dignity – we just wish Mark Finchem felt the same. 


Bad Take #1: In 2021, Finchem was 1 of just 2 state representatives to vote against HB2128, which “Provides a state licensing fee waiver for any active duty military service member, their spouse and certain honorably discharged veterans if it is their first time applying for an initial license in Arizona.” Real thoughtful way to protect and celebrate Arizona vets. 


Bad Take #2: In 2017, Finchem voted against HB2004, which “Requires the Director of ADOA to establish a veteran-owned participation goal of awarding state contracts to veteran-owned businesses. Arizona veteran-owned businesses are a cornerstone of our communities and economy. Mark Finchem didn’t want to support them. He also voted against a similar bill in 2016, HB2009. 

Bad Take #3: In 2019, Finchem voted against HB2093, which “Appropriates $1.2 million from the General Fund in FY 2020 to ADVS to hire additional benefits counselors.” The veterans healthcare crisis is something many lawmakers have come together on to provide American heroes with the healthcare and services they need – but not Mark Finchem. 

Bad Take #4: In an attempt to slight esteemed Arizona Senator, and American hero John McCain – in 2019, Finchem voted against HB2321, which “establishes the John McCain public service scholarship fund”. 


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