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Ted Vogt
Executive Director of the Arizona Corporation Commission

In office
January 3, 2017 – Present
Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services

In office
July 1, 2013 – January 5, 2015
Preceded by Joey Strickland
Succeeded by Wanda Wright
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
In office
March 16, 2010 – January 14, 2013
Preceded by Frank Antenori
Succeeded by N/A (district redrawn)
Personal details
Born February 20, 1973(1973-02-20) (age 49)
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Political party Republican
Residence Tucson, Arizona
Alma mater Yale University (B.A.)
University of Arizona (J.D.)
Profession Attorney at law
Religion Protestant[1]
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 2000-2006
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Joint Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (2 oak leaf clusters)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Headquarters Air Force badge

Janson Theodore "Ted" Vogt (born February 20, 1973) is a former Arizona State Representative and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Vogt served as Chief of Operations for Governor of Arizona Doug Ducey and later as the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for Traversant Group.

On June 11, 2013, Governor Janice K. Brewer appointed Vogt to be the Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services. He assumed office on July 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the Arizona State Senate on January 30, 2014.


Biography

Vogt was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, when his family moved there in 1974. He was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in 1991 and received a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1995. He was a substitute teacher for a short time in Salt Lake City. From 1995 until he entered the United States Air Force in 2000, Vogt spent time chiefly in the private sector as an investment banker in the New York metropolitan area, advertising executive at Leo Burnett in Chicago, (beginning during the U.S. presidential election, 1996) executive assistant to then-former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and at night a member of The Second City comedy troupe (1997–2000).[1][2][3]

From 2000 until 2006, Vogt was an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and throughout the greater Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, Vogt was stationed at the Pentagon where he was a daily intelligence briefer for both the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Leaving active duty in 2006, Vogt moved to Tucson and entered law school at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.[4]

While in law school, Vogt remained involved in Homeland and National Security matters. During the summer of 2008, he worked on Homeland Security issues at the White House for the Office of Vice President Cheney. In 2009, Vogt clerked for United States Senator Jon Kyl on the Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., as well as for the Criminal Division within the United States Attorney's Office in Tucson.[4]

Vogt was appointed to the Arizona Legislature during his final semester at Rogers College of Law. Controversy erupted when Vogt, who had been selected by his classmates to serve as one of their graduation speakers prior to his appointment to the Legislature, voted for the controversial anti-illegal immigration bill Senate Bill 1070 (S.B. 1070).[5][6] Some classmates wanted him to step down as their class speaker, while most supported his right to speak. Ultimately, Vogt chose to speak at the graduation ceremony, while nearly 20 students walked out on his speech, returning at the conclusion of his remarks.[3][7]

Vogt was awarded his J.D. in 2010. He passed the bar later that year, and entered private practice in Tucson, Arizona.

Legislative career

He was first appointed to the Arizona House of Representatives on March 16, 2010 by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy created when then-State Representative Frank Antenori was appointed to the Arizona State Senate to fill the seat vacated by State Senator Jonathan Paton who resigned to run for Congress in Arizona's 8th congressional district.[8] Vogt won election to the Legislature on November 2, 2010. In the 50th Legislature, Vogt served as the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee; Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; and Member of both the House Judiciary Committee and the Higher Education, Innovation and Reform Committee.

Vogt is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),[9] a national group of conservative state legislators who meet to network with one another and to understand concerns of business. The group also drafts model legislation, some of which has been then introduced in state legislatures.

In 2011, Vogt sponsored major legislation granting all honorably discharged veterans automatic in-state tuition at all three of Arizona's state universities, as well as all community colleges.[10] Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill into law on April 12, 2011, and the law became effective July 2011.[11] Vogt also sponsored legislation to help combat human smuggling in Arizona.[12] House Bill 2405 was also signed by Governor Brewer and became effective in July 2011.[13]

In 2012, he was a prime sponsor of several bills. One of them, (HB2395) sought to reduce copper theft.[14][15]

In 2012, he was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election from the newly drawn 10th district.[16]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Legislator Profile - Representative Ted Vogt". League of Arizona Cities and Towns. February 4, 2011. http://www.azleague.org/bulletin/11/110204/index.cfm?a=profile. Retrieved 2012-02-04. "Square-jawed, poised, and earnest-yet-affable, Rep. Vogt cuts a figure that is part Clark Kent, part Eagle Scout (an honor he earned in his youth - naturally), and part local chamber of commerce booster. Rep. Vogt's odyssey of accomplishment began in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he was born. Before he was two years old, his family was relocated by his father's company to Salt Lake City. Employed by Sperry-Univac (now L-3 Communications), the elder Vogt worked on the development of data links for intelligence platforms and other defense technologies that his son would later rely upon as a military officer in Afghanistan. Vogt was a public school student until sixth grade and then became, in his words, "a Protestant in a Catholic school system in a Mormon state." During his youth, Vogt grew to love the natural beauty of the Mountain West and spent a great deal of time hiking and camping in the Beehive State's sensational parks." 
  2. "About : Ted Vogt for Arizona House". http://www.vogt4arizona.com/about/. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nielson, Alec (April 30, 2010). "Vogt juggles law school and lawmaking in hectic session; 'It's like trying to put a pilot in an airplane that's already airborne'". Tucson Sentinel. http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/043010_vogt/vogt-juggles-law-school-and-lawmaking-hectic-session/. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Member Page". Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona State Legislature. http://www.azleg.gov/MembersPage.asp?. Retrieved 2012-02-04.  Vogt's home page at 50th legislature
  5. "Vogt's votes upset fellow UA law-school students". Arizona Daily Star. April 24, 2010. http://azstarnet.com/news/article_fe59a971-3a5a-53c0-a44e-be1e2e88c87a.html. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  6. Hill, Kashmir (April 26, 2010). "Immigration Debate Causes University of Arizona Law Students to Turn on Fellow 3L Ted Vogt". AboveTheLaw. New York, New York: Breaking Media. http://abovethelaw.com/2010/04/arizona-immigration-debate-causes-university-of-arizona-law-students-to-turn-on-fellow-3l-ted-vogt/. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  7. Hill, Kashmir (April 29, 2010). "Update on Ted Vogt and the Immigration Law Controversy at the University of Arizona". AboveTheLaw. New York, New York: Breaking Media. http://abovethelaw.com/2010/04/update-on-ted-vogt-and-the-immigration-law-controversy-at-the-university-of-arizona/. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  8. Classen, Carolyn Sugiyama (March 16, 2010). "Supervisors appoint Vogt to LD 30 State House seat". The Voice of Tucson. http://tucsoncitizen.com/community/2010/03/16/supervisors-appoint-vogt-to-ld-30-state-house-seat/. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  9. "ALEC in Arizona" (PDF). People for the American Way Foundation and Common Cause. http://site.pfaw.org/pdf/ALEC-IN-ARIZONA.pdf. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  10. Eselgroth, Spring (February 3, 2011). "Bill would give in-state college tuition to honorably discharged veterans". East Valley Tribune. Tempe, Arizona. http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/content/tncms/live/eastvalleytribune.com/local/education/article_b5e9ac1e-2f52-11e0-abd4-001cc4c002e0.html. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  11. "HB2410 bill status overview". Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona State Legislature. http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/hb2410o.asp&Session_ID=102. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  12. Montgomery, Bill; Jerry Cobb (April 11, 2011). "News release: New Law Helps County Attorney Take Out Human Smuggling Operators". Phoenix, Arizona: Maricopa County Attorney. http://www.maricopacountyattorney.org/newsroom/4-11-11-Human-Smuggling-Operators.pdf. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  13. "HB2405 bill status overview". Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona State Legislature. http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/hb2405o.asp&Session_ID=102. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  14. McIntyre, Devin (January 18, 2012). "GOP lawmakers take on copper thefts through supply, price". Cronkite News. University of Arizona: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2012/01/gop-lawmakers-take-on-copper-thefts-through-supply-price/. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  15. Pelton, Mike (January 18, 2012). "Officials cracking down on copper thieves". KNXV-TV, ABC Channel 15. Phoenix, Arizona. http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/state/officials-cracking-down-on-copper-thieves. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  16. "General Election November 6, 2012". Arizona Secretary of State. http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AZ/42050/113875/Web01/en/summary.html. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 

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