Commissioner Bob Stump:
Deemed a "candidate to watch" by the National Journal, a "thought leader" by the Institute for Electric Innovation, “weirdly brilliant” by Utility Dive, and one of Arizona's three "Best State Representatives” by the Arizona Capitol Times's "Best of the Capitol" survey, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump was re-elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2012. He received the second-highest vote tally of any Arizona Republican candidate on the ballot, surpassed only by U.S. Senator Jeff Flake. He chaired the Commission from 2013-2015..
Commissioner Stump represented District 9 in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2002-2008. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), is a member of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and the Aspen Institute's Society of Fellows, and is an Advisory Council member of the Center for Public Utilities. Commissioner Stump has also served on the faculty of Law Seminars International and is a member of the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, which was established after the September 11, 2001 attacks to devise policies to help protect the nation's utility infrastructure from natural disasters and terrorist threats.
His policy proposals have made front-page news in USA Today and serve as model legislation for legislatures throughout the country. Commissioner Stump has discussed key legislative initiatives on CNN; "Your World with Neil Cavuto," on the Fox News Channel; National Public Radio; as well as various national and international media. In 2006, Commissioner Stump was a featured guest on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal” to discuss his policy ideas with a national audience.
Commissioner Stump is Chairman of the Board of Phoenix Opera -- the youngest opera company chair in the United States. He also serves as a Trustee of the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Boys Choir. Under his chairmanship and as a board member, Phoenix Opera has produced internationally-recognized galas featuring the likes of Jonas Kaufmann, widely considered the greatest tenor of his generation, and leading baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Commissioner Stump is committed to supporting the arts locally and nationally: He also serves as a Young Associate of the Metropolitan Opera and as a member of the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic.
The Arizona Republic says Commissioner Stump is "cerebral…[an] expert...a candidate with depth…energetic…intelligent, hard-working and effective...a quick study." The Tucson Citizen has called him "an innovator" who has "strong experience with public policymaking, wise perspectives on energy use [and] a commitment to pursuing fairness for Arizona residents." He has received over a dozen awards in recognition of his efforts to improve Arizonans’ health care and protect Arizona's taxpayers, including awards from the Alzheimer’s Association, the Autism Society of America, the March of Dimes, the Arizona Small Business Association, and the Arizona Healthcare Association. He is also the recipient of several Hawaii Newspapers Association Excellence in Journalism awards.
Commissioner Stump has a wide range of policy experience, having served as Chairman of the House Health Committee; Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee to Investigate Operations and Conditions at the Arizona Veterans Home; Vice Chair of the Health and Rules committees; and as a member of Ways & Means, Commerce & Military Affairs, Water and Agriculture, Financial Institutions & Insurance, Education, the Interagency Council on Long-Term Care, the Interim Committee on Welfare Reform, and the House Ethics Committee. He has also worked as a reporter for The Weekly Standard; a magazine editor at Biblical Archaeology Review; a Manhattan Institute research associate to author and former White House speechwriter David Frum; and an aide to Fred Barnes and William Kristol. He has contributed reviews and essays to The Wilson Quarterly (published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), the Daily Caller and a host of magazines and newspapers.
Commissioner Stump is also a multiple winner of the Arizona Capitol Times’ “Best Shoes” and “Best Dressed Male” awards, which he considers among his greatest achievements.
Commissioner Stump holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley, from which he graduated with High Honors.