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Ben Quayle

Ben Quayle
Quayle in the 112th Congress
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by John Shadegg
Succeeded by Raul Grijalva
Personal details
Born Benjamin Eugene Quayle
(1976-11-05) November 5, 1976
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tiffany Crane
Relations Dan Quayle (father)
Marilyn Quayle (mother)
Children Everett Quayle
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Alma mater Duke University (B.A.)
Vanderbilt University (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney, Businessman, Lobbyist
Religion Christian

Benjamin Eugene "Ben" Quayle (born November 5, 1976)[1] is an American politician, and the former U.S. Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, he is the son of former Republican Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle. He is a member of the Tea Party movement, which had many of its members swept into office during the 2010 elections.[2]

Prior to serving in Congress he worked as an associate lawyer and eventually founded his own security company as well as writing for the Scottsdale gossip blog, The Dirty. In the 2010 Republican primary he defeated 10 other candidates and went on to win a majority in the general election. In his first bid for re-election, due to redistricting, he faced off against fellow Republican Congressman David Schweikert in a primary and narrowly lost. He currently works for the lobbying firm Clark Hill.[3]

Early life, education, and career

Quayle was born on November 5, 1976, three days after his father was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1976.[4] As a child, Quayle frequently visited the White House with his family during the Reagan administration.[5]

Quayle moved to the Phoenix area with his family in 1996, and has lived there ever since. Quayle graduated from Duke University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and earned his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2002.[1] Quayle was admitted to the Arizona, New York, and California bar.

Quayle worked as an associate lawyer at Schulte Roth & Zabel from 2004 to 2005, and Snell & Wilmer from 2006 to 2007. In 2007 Quayle founded Tynwald Capital, a firm specializing in the acquisition and nurturing of small businesses.[6] Quayle was a founding member of APG-Southwest, a full-service provider of security services for businesses, for which he served as the Managing Partner of its Arizona branch.

Quayle currently works for the Washington lobbying firm Clark Hill.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives



After Republican Congressman John Shadegg decided to retire, Quayle launched his campaign following his father's announcement on America Live with Megyn Kelly that Ben was a candidate for Arizona's 3rd congressional district.[8] On August 11, 2010 Quayle released an advertisement, in which he called Barack Obama the "worst President in history."[9][10][11][12][13]

Quayle's prior involvement with the controversial rumor and gossip website "" complicated his run for office. According to the site's founder, Quayle was "one of the original contributors" to the site, which covered Scottsdale nightlife with features including sexy photos of women, and was the predecessor to the gossip website[14] Quayle initially denied the rumors,[15] before admitting several weeks later that he did, in fact, write material for the site using the pseudonym “Brock Landers”.[16][17][18][19]

Quayle won the 10-candidate Republican primary on August 24, 2010 with a plurality of 23% of the vote.[20] In the general election in November, Quayle defeated Democratic candidate Jon Hulburd 52%-41%.[21]


After redistricting, Quayle's district was renumbered as Arizona's 6th congressional district while his home in Phoenix was drawn into Arizona's 9th congressional district. However, Quayle's home was just outside the border of the 6th, leading a source close to Quayle to tell National Journal that Quayle would run in his original district.[22] On February 6, 2012; Quayle confirmed that he would indeed run in the 6th. Quayle faced fellow freshman Republican Congressman David Schweikert in the Republican primary. In an unusual twist, Schweikert's home in Fountain Hills had been drawn into the 6th, while as mentioned above Quayle's home had been drawn into the 9th, the geographic successor to Schweikert's 5th.[23][24]

During the bitter primary campaign, Schweikert was widely criticised for a mailer that accused Quayle of "going both ways", suggesting that he was bisexual. On the reverse, the mailer listed issues on which it claimed Quayle had taken both liberal and conservative positions. Senator Jon Kyl said that "such campaign tactics insult the voters, degrade politics and expose those who stoop to them as unworthy of high office" and Senator John McCain said the mailer was one of the "worst that I have seen" and that it "crosses the boundary of decent political dialogue and discourse." Quayle's spokeswoman called the mailer "utterly false" and "a sleazy smear tactic." Schweikert's spokesman responded that people "should get their minds out of the gutter" because the mailer was "obviously" referring to "'both ways' -- as in liberal and conservative." The Arizona Republic asked two political scientists to review the mailer, who both said that they had "never seen anybody accuse someone of flip-flopping [on political issues] that way" and said that it was "difficult to believe" that the sexual suggestion was unintentional.[25][26][27][28][29]

Although the 6th contained almost two-thirds of Quayle's constituents, Schweikert defeated Quayle in the Republican primary—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—by 53 percent to Quayle's 47 percent.[30] Matt Jette, a business professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management who ran for Governor of Arizona as a Republican in 2010, won the Democratic nomination.[31] Schweikert defeated Jette in the November 6, 2012, general election with 62% of the vote.[32]


After being elected to Congress, Quayle announced that he would opt out of the taxpayer funded Congressional health care and pension plan.[33]

In 2012, Quayle was named "The Most Conservative Member of the House of Representatives" by the National Journal.[34] He was awarded the 2011 "National Taxpayers’ Friend Award"[35] by the National Taxpayers Union, the "Spirit of Enterprise Award"[36] by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was given a 98% scorecard [37] by the Club for Growth.

Controversy arose after a bill to increase combat pay for military personnel was rejected, and Quayle and David Schweikert high-fived, happy about the bills failure. After the incident Maria Meacham, the mother of an active-duty soldier upset about the vote, began shouting from the gallery, and was eventually removed by security.[38]

Quayle introduced legislation related to border security, guns, small business, government transparency, and health care[39] and successfully sponsored H.R. 3862, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act "to impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance with the terms thereof, and for other purposes."[40] According to the Congressional Budget Office, "Under the bill, complaints against federal agencies, the terms of the consent decrees or settlement agreements, and the award of attorneys’ fees would need to be published in an accessible manner, including electronically. The legislation would require that any proposed consent decree or settlement agreement be published in the Federal Register for 60 days of public comment prior to filing with the court."[41]

Committee assignments

Quayle served on the following committees during his tenure.[42]


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  5. ^ Quayle, Ben (2011-02-06) President Reagan's jelly beans, Politico
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  8. ^ "Ben Quayle, son of ex-veep, running for Shadegg's seat". February 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Quayle stands by 'worst president in history' critique".  
  10. ^ "Best 2010 Candidate Storyline: This Guy, Ben Quayle".  
  11. ^ """Former VP's son dubs Obama "worst president in history. 
  12. ^ "'"Ben Quayle: Obama 'the worst president in history. The Washington Post. August 11, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mocking Quayle". August 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ [1], The Washington Post
  15. ^ Ben Quayle denies link to Dirty Scottsdale website
  16. ^ Ben Quayle admits writing for ‘Dirty Scottsdale’ Website
  17. ^ "Racy website link hurting Ben Quayle". KTAR. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "Quayle still on the attack in Arizona". CNN. 
  19. ^ "Ben Quayle changes story on website - Scott Wong". Politico.Com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
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  22. ^ Taylor, Jessica (October 5, 2011). "House Democrats Gain With New Arizona Map".  
  23. ^ Livingston, Abby (February 6, 2012). "Arizona: Quayle Opts to Run Against Schweikert".  
  24. ^ Schweikert defeats Quayle
  25. ^ Schweikert: Quayle ‘goes both ways … on important conservative issues’
  26. ^ Kyl faults Schweikert after mailer says Quayle 'goes both ways'
  27. ^ District 6 race: David Schweikert says 'I like the fight' in D.C.
  28. ^ McCain endorses Quayle, scolds Schweikert for mailer
  29. ^ McCain blasts Arizona Republican who accused Quayle of ‘going both ways’
  30. ^ Zapler, Mike; Isenstadt, Alex (August 29, 2012). "Arizona House primary results: Ben Quayle booted from Congress". Politico. 
  31. ^ Christie, Bob (March 9, 2012). "1st Democrat announces run for Ariz. 6th District".  
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  33. ^ "EDITORIAL: Make congressional pensions passe". Washington Times. 2011-12-09. 
  34. ^ "Most Conservative Members of Congress". National Journal. 2012-02-23. 
  35. ^ "NTU Presents Taxpayer Friend Awards". 2012-04-30. 
  36. ^ "Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2011". 
  37. ^ "Congressional Scorecard". 
  38. ^ Geoffrey Ingersoll (September 19, 2012). "Congressmen High-Fived After Blocking A Military Pay Raise, And Then Arrested An Army Mom".  
  39. ^ "Library of Congress". 
  40. ^ H.R. 3862: Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013
  41. ^ H.R. 3862, Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012 Congressional Budget Office. June 25, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  42. ^ "Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.)".  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Shadegg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Succeeded by
Raul Grijalva
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