Named a “Friend of Liberty” and “Champion of the Taxpayer,” Senator Andy Biggs took Arizona from a $3 billion deficit to a balanced budget—saving the state many millions of dollars. He is President of the Arizona State Senate and a member of the Gilbert Stake.
Brother Biggs grew up in Tucson in a home with five surviving children; his two oldest siblings were twins who died in infancy.
His father worked for Hughes Aircraft Company, and was transferred to California for several months when Biggs was four years old. That’s when his family joined the church.
He remembers being sealed to his family in the Mesa Temple. Being five then, he was able to dress himself for that extraordinary occasion. However, on the way to the sealing room, he was instructed to change from his own “white” socks to a pair without red and black stripes at the top.
After serving a mission in Japan, Biggs earned a degree in Asian Studies and a minor in Japanese at BYU. “Sometimes I take little notes to myself in Japanese during a meeting,” he says. He also has an M.A. in Political Science from ASU and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona. He is now retired from many years of practicing law.
He and Cindy, his wife, have been married for 30 years. They have six children and four grandchildren. In February, the couple had a hefty decision to make: United States Congressman Matt Salmon, who is not running for reelection in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District, asked Biggs to run for his seat.
“It was a Friday evening,” Biggs recalls. “I was out for date night with my wife. Matt called and said, ‘Can I talk to you tomorrow?’” They conversed for about two hours that next day.
Biggs and his wife fasted and prayed together. “Every LDS couple should do those things when they make big decisions like that,” he suggests.
Cindy told him, “I feel like it’s your duty to do this. We’ll make whatever arrangements we need to as a family.”
Biggs admires Captain Moroni’s willingness to stand up for freedom. “If you’re not out there fighting, you really can’t complain too much,” says Biggs.
His years of public service and his books, The Doctrine of Liberty and The Con of the Con-Con, declare that he is whole-heartedly battling for freedom and prepared for a new battleground.