Speaker Kirk Adams is a principled advocate for less government spending, lower taxes, individual freedom, and limited government. While serving in the Legislature, Speaker Adams fought to strengthen Arizona’s small businesses and economy, advocating an aggressive agenda of reform and job creation. His legislative efforts include: healthcare reform; pension reform; initiative reform; tax reform; CPS reform; and transparency in government.
Kirk, a lifelong East Valley resident, married, started his family, and built a successful property and casualty insurance business in Mesa. Hoping to craft conservative policies that would make Arizona an even better place to live and work, Kirk was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006.
Frustrated by the failure of the Republican majority to stop the liberal policies of Janet Napolitano and the Democrats, Adams decided to run for Speaker of the House after just one full term in office. He pledged to aggressively push a truly conservative agenda and fight for more transparency in the Legislature.
Adams, at only 35 years of age, shocked political observers when his long-shot bid against the veteran Speaker was successful and Adams became one of the youngest Speakers in Arizona history.
During his three years in the top leadership post, Adams turned the tide in the House. In the aftermath of Janet Napolitano’s spending spree, Adams—without any accounting gimmicks or debt financing—negotiated and authored the first structurally balanced budget in at least five years. Adams’ ambitious spending cuts totaled more than $3 billion and put Arizona back on a path towards fiscal responsibility.
Adams also fought to alleviate the burden on Arizona’s taxpayers. His Jobs Bill resulted in the largest permanent tax cut ever in Arizona. Adams even took on public-employee unions, authoring and passing a top-to-bottom reform of the state pension system to free taxpayers from ever increasing liabilities. Demonstrating his commitment to government pension reform, he personally opted out of the elected officials retirement plan, earning him recognition from the National Taxpayers Union.
His work on these issues has been recognized with the following awards:
The 2011 legislator of the year by Arizona Parents for Education, The 2008 “Courage for Children” Award by the Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, for his work on CPS reform. The 2008 “Freedom of Information” Award from the Arizona Newspaper Association.
Adams is a partner at The Adams Agency, a property and casualty firm with 20 employees and locations in Mesa, Apache Junction and Yuma.
He and his wife JaNae have six children and live in Mesa.