Tom Jenney is director of the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity, formerly the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers (www.aztaxpayers.org). As director of AFT in 2006, Jenney helped to reduce state income and property taxes, and helped lead the fight to pass Prop 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act. Since joining Americans for Prosperity in 2007, Jenney has won multiple legislative and local government victories on tax policy, privatization, budget reform and worker freedom. Most recently, in November 2010, Jenney and AFP-Arizona were helpful in passing Prop 106, the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act, and Prop 113, the Save Our Secret Ballot Act.
Since 2004, Jenney has overseen the publication of the influential AFT-AFP “Friend of the Taxpayer” Legislative Scorecard, which is often cited for its grading of Arizona state legislators’ records on taxes and spending. Since 2007, Jenney has overseen AFP-Arizona’s Local Government Scorecard, a companion publication which grades city council members and county supervisors. In 2009, Jenney was honored to serve as the emcee at the April 15 Taxpayer Tea Party at the Arizona state capitol, which attracted about 10,000 taxpayer activists. On April 15 of 2010, the AFP-Arizona tea party rallied 7,000 people at Diablo Stadium in Tempe. AFP-Arizona activists distributed 35,000 informational door hangers and made more than 193,000 phone calls as part of the “November is Coming” issue advocacy campaign in the fall of 2010.
Jenney is a Tucson native and a 1988 graduate of University High School. He earned an associate’s degree from the New Mexico Military Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Jenney has worked for the Institute for Justice and the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. and done translations for the International Center for Pension Reform in Santiago, Chile. From 2002 to 2004, he was communications director of the Goldwater Institute. Jenney taught government, economics and Spanish at St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, and worked for the UNIQUE Learning Center, an inner-city after-school program in Washington, DC. He is treasurer for the Arizona School Choice Trust and a deacon at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by phone at (602) 478-0146. AFP Arizona’s website is www.aztaxpayers.org.