Jerry Lewis, Arizona Senator

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Jerry Lewis
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Arizona State Senate District 18
Former member
In office
November 22, 2011 - January 10, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
ProfessionCharter School Organization Executive
Office website
Campaign website
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Jerry Lewis was a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 18 from 2011 to 2013. He was elected in the November 8, 2011, recall of incumbent Sen. Russell Pearce (R). It was the first ever recall of an elected state official in the state's history.[1]


Lewis' professional experience includes working as superintendent of a statewide charter school organization, certified public accountant and Senior Manager for the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2012 session, Lewis served on the Border Security, Federalism and States Sovereignty Committee.[3]


Campaign themes


On his website, Lewis outlined four main issues of his campaign:[4]


  • Excerpt:"I don’t necessarily believe in more money for education, I believe in more money for teachers who perform well. Great teachers produce great results! Our policies and resources must be aligned to attract and retain the best teachers. Arizona should get the biggest bang for its education buck."


  • Excerpt:"As your State Senator, I will work to make Arizona’s business climate conducive to job growth and expansion by working with business and government leaders to restore Arizona’s and Mesa’s positive image and reducing or eliminating unnecessary government intervention and regulation."


  • Excerpt:"I believe in local control. Taking away state shared revenues, changing impact fees, and controlling that which cities do with public safety, law enforcement and unfunded mandates merely passes the budget crisis down to those who are in less of a position to deal with it."


  • Excerpt:"I stand for the rule of law and am not for open borders. The federal government has the responsibility to secure our national borders and create manageable and meaningful immigration policy."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jerry Lewis, Arizona Senator endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Lewis ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 26. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He was defeated in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Arizona State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Ableser 54% 26,051
     Republican Jerry Lewis Incumbent 40.3% 19,442
     Libertarian Damian Trabel 5.7% 2,747
Total Votes 48,240


See also: Russell Pearce recall, Arizona State Legislature (2011)

Lewis announced his candidacy against Pearce on July 27, 2011, promising to run a positive campaign devoid of personal attacks.[8] On August 18, Lewis submitted 1,187 signatures to qualify for the ballot, nearly double the 621 required.[9] The election took place on November 8, 2011.

When asked why he was running Lewis stated, "I've been a resident of the district and the state for nearly 30 years. We bought our home here, raised our kids here and plan to stay here. Like those who recruited me, we love Mesa and our neighbors across District 18 and want to make sure that we restore a positive image and are represented in a way that best portrays our shared values."[10]

Certified election results show Pearce lost to Lewis. The county had to verify the results, then they had to be certified by the Secretary of State's office along with the Governor and Attorney General, which took take place November 21.[11][12]

Recall of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Russell Pearce Incumbent 43.5% 10,121
Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Lewis 55.1% 12,812
Olivia Cortes (withdrawn) 1.2% 277
Write-In Candidate 0.2% 57
Total Votes 23,267


Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.[13]


Lewis received a score of 60 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. He did not receive a score on the 2011 report card because he was not elected until November of that year. Lewis’s 60 in 2012 was tied for the 18th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Russell Pearce
Arizona State Senate District 18
November 22, 2011–2013
Succeeded by
John McComish (R)