Russell Pearce

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Russell Pearce
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Former candidate for
Arizona State Senate District 25
President, Arizona State Senate
Prior offices
Arizona State Senate District 18
2009 - November 21, 2011
Arizona House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Phoenix (1980)
OtherFour certificates
Date of birthJune 23, 1947
Place of birthMesa, AZ
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Personal website
Russell Pearce (b. June 23, 1947) was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 25 of the Arizona State Senate.[1] He served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 to 2008.

Pearce previously served as President of the Senate in 2011, representing the 18th District from 2009 until he was recalled by voters on November 8, 2011.


Pearce earned his B.S. in Management at the University of Phoenix in 1981 and earned four certificates from the following institutions: Arizona State University (Advanced Executive Development), the University of Colorado, Boudler (Motor Vehicle Legal and Law College), Arizona Judicial College (Court Rules & Procedures for New Judges) and Harvard University (Government).

Pearce's professional experience includes working as a Chief Deputy/Under Sheriff at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, judge on the North Mesa Justice Court for one year, director for the Governor's Office of Highway safety in 1994 and director for the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division. He served in the United States Army National Guard.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pearce served on these committees:


Policy positions

Pearce co-sponsored the Civil Rights Amendment for the November 2010 ballot. It prohibits affirmative action by government entities in Arizona.[2]

See Russell Pearce's official website for a list of sponsored legislation.



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Pearce ran in the 2012 election for Arizona Senate District 25.[1] He was defeated by Bob Worsley in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Thanks to redistricting, Senator Jerry Lewis, Arizona, the man who defeated Pearce in the 2011 recall election, is running for re-election in another district. As a result, Pearce ran in an open district.[5]

Arizona State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Worsley 56% 17,200
Russell Pearce 44% 13,534
Total Votes 30,734

2011 recall

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

An effort to recall Pearce was launched in January 2011.[6] The recall group's official recall statement says, "We find Russell Pearce's overt disdain for the United State's Constitution to be indicative of his inability to govern as prescribed by his job description and the oath he took to regain his seat in the state Senate."[7]

In order to initiate the recall, organizers needed to submit 7,756 valid signatures on recall petitions by May 31, 2011.[8] This is 25% of the 31,091 votes cast for his seat in the November 2, 2010 Arizona State Senate District 18 section.[9] Recall supporters well exceeded this requirement, filed 18,315 signatures, over 10,000 of which were validated. On July 8, the recall was officially scheduled for November 8.[10]

Certified election results show Pearce lost to Republican challenger Jerry 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


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Pearce won re-election to the 18th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Andrew Sherwood and Andrea Garcia in the November 2 general election.[13]

Arizona State Senate, District 18 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Russell Pearce (R) 17,552
Andrew Sherwood (D) 10,663
Andrea Garcia (L) 2,808


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008, Pearce was elected to the Arizona State Senate, District 18. He finished with 24,232 votes while his opponent Judah Nativio finished with 18,889 votes.[14] Pearce raised $117,891 for his campaign fund.

Arizona State Senate, District 18
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Russel Pearce (R) 24,232
Judah Nativio 18,889

Campaign donors


In 2010, Pearce raised $68,014 in contributions.[15]

No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.


In 2008, Pearce raised $117,891 in campaign donations. Listed below are his top five contributors.[16]

Donor Amount
Public Fund $71,067
Elect Russel Pearce Fund $23,393
Arizona Association of Realtors $1,000
Salt River Project $500
Association Highway Patrolmen of Arizona $500


Fiesta Bowl scandal

Pearce is one of 29 Arizona legislators (20 Republicans and 9 Democrats) who accepted illegal gifts from the Fiesta Bowl in the form of all-expense paid trips and free football tickets. He ranked first in the amount received, $38,000 in expenses incurred by him and his family.[17]


Russell Pearce was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and is currently married to LuAnne Pearce with five children. Pearce follows the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arizona State Senate District 18
2009–November 8, 2011
Succeeded by
Jerry Lewis