Kirk David Adams
Other Known Names: Kirk Adams
Place of Birth:
Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ USA
Biographical InformationKirk Adams was appointed to the Arizona House of Representatives to fill the term of Rep. Chuck Gray from District 19 who vacated his seat March 19, 2006 to move to the Senate and fill the seat of Sen. Marilyn Jarrett who died in office. Rep. Adams took the oath of office March 20, 2006 (Journal of the House of Representatives, 47th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session, 2006, pp. v, 331; Journal of the Senate, 47th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session, 2006, list of members) and served the remainder of the 47th 2nd Regular Session. He was subsequently elected to the Arizona House of Representatives from District 19 in Mesa, Maricopa Co. in 2006 and began serving in the 48th 1st Regular Session. He was elected Speaker on the House in 2009, 49th 1st Regular Session. The following is his Legislative Biography from the 48th 2nd Regular Session:
Republican District 19
Kirk Adams is an Arizona native and small business owner. Adams served as Chairman of the Arizona Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s largest small business advocacy group. He is a dedicated advocate of small business. Through his involvement with the Arizona chapter of NFIB, and other organizations, he has demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm to the issues that are important to families and small business owners.
In addition, he served as the small business representative on the Governor’s Task Force for the Health Care System from 2002-2004. He was also elected by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to the Board of Directors of the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority — an independent agency that facilitates tax-exempt bonds for affordable housing and economic development. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mesa United Way.
Adams was awarded the 2003 Arizona Small Business Champion by the NFIB, and won the Small Business Administration’s 2004 "Family Owned Business of the Year" for Region IX, which encompasses Arizona, California, and Nevada.
In addition to these activities, Mr. Adams served as Chairman of the District 19 Republican Committee from 2002-2004. He also served on the City of Mesa’s, Mesa 2025: Financing the Future Committee, and was appointed by Senate President Ken Bennett to the Maricopa Associations of Government (MAG) Transportation Policy Review Board.
Adams’ family roots in Arizona extend four generations deep. He was raised in Mesa and graduated from Mountain View High School. Adams earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He and his wife JaNae have five children.
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Small Business Administration’s 2004 "Family Owned Business of the Year" for Region IX.
2. 2003 Arizona Small Business Champion – NFIB
3. 2005 Senator Paul J. Fannin Award – Arizona Republican Party
4. 2005 Reagan Plaque – Maricopa County Republican Party
5. 2005 Best District in Overall Performance – Arizona Republican Party
6. 2004 Chairman’s Award – Maricopa County Republican Party
7. Graduate Mesa Leadership Training and Development
8. Bush-Cheney 2004 Small Business Steering Committee
The following is from ALIS for the 50th Arizona State Legislature, 1st Regular Session (2011):
Kirk D. Adams
Speaker Of The House
Republican District 19
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5495
Fax Number: (602) 417-3019
Email Address: email@example.com
Home City: Mesa
Occupation: Property and Casualty
Speaker Kirk Adams is an advocate of conservative politics and small business. During his tenure in the Legislature, Speaker Adams has advocated an aggressive agenda of reform and job creation. His legislative efforts include: healthcare reform; initiative reform; tax reform; CPS reform; and transparency in government.
His work on these issues has been recognized with the following awards:
•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.
•The 2007 “Spirit of Mesa” Award given by the Mesa United Way.
•The “2007 Representative of the Year” by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Speaker Adams serves as a Member of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation Board of Directors along with the Mesa United Way’s Board of Directors.
He 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 live in Mesa and have six children.
Speaker Adams resigned from the Legislature April 28, 2011 in order to run for a seat in the U.S. Congress. He was replaced as Representative for District 19 by Justin Pierce and as speaker by Rep. Andy Tobin.
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