Justin Pierce

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Justin Pierce
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Arizona House of Representatives District 25
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 26, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Office website
Justin Pierce is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Pierce ran for election to the open seat as Arizona Secretary of State in 2014. He was defeated in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014. [1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pierce served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Vice Chair
Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pierce served on these committees:


Medicaid expansion lawsuit

See also: Can Arizona conservatives beat the clock to block Medicaid expansion from taking effect Jan. 1?

Justin Pierce is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.[2]

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid.[3] She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.

By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013, deadline.[4]

The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years,"[2] according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.[5]

The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hoped to have expansion shut down before it officially went live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.



See also: Arizona secretary of state election, 2014

Pierce ran for election to the office of Arizona Secretary of State.[1] He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Primary election - August 26, 2014

Arizona Secretary of State, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Wil Cardon 22% 99,307
Justin Pierce 34.3% 155,214
Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Reagan 43.3% 195,738
Write-in 0.5% 2,118
Total Votes 452,377
Election Results Via:Arizona Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Arizona Secretary of State, Republican Primary
Poll Wil Cardon Justin PierceMichele ReaganUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
AVERAGES 15% 18.67% 22% 44.33% +/-3.82 698.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pierce won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 25. He and incumbent Justin Olson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Pierce Incumbent 39.2% 50,017
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJustin D. Olson Incumbent 37.9% 48,335
     Democratic David Butler 22.9% 29,169
Total Votes 127,521

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pierce is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pierce raised a total of $31,439 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[8]

Justin Pierce's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 25 Won $31,439
Grand Total Raised $31,439


Pierce won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $31,439.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Justin Pierce's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,736
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,250
Pierce, Justin$848
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$750
Arizona Dental Association$550
Total Raised in 2012$31,439
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[9]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[9]

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