Steve Pierce

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Steve Pierce
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Arizona State Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2013
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President, Arizona State Senate
November 10, 2011-2012
Majority Whip, Arizona State Senate
2009-November 10, 2011
Compensation
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 electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona, 1972
Personal
Place of birthPhoenix, AZ
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Steve Pierce is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Pierce served as President of the Senate from 2011 to 2012; he was named to the leadership position following the recall of Russell Pearce on November 8, 2011.[1] At the time Pierce was serving as Majority Whip.

He previously served as the chairman for the Yavapai County Republican Party and he has been a member of the State Executive Committee for the Arizona Republican Party since 2003.[2]

Biography

Pierce earned his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Arizona in 1972.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Natural Resources and Rural Affairs, Chair
Transportation, Vice Chair
Adjudication Monitoring

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Pierce includes:

  • A bill prohibiting labor unions from using their general funds for political activities.[3]
  • A bill creating a free online database of government expenditures[4]

See Senator Pierce's Official Website for more information on sponsored bills.

Campaign themes

2014

Pierce's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[5]

Attract New Jobs to Arizona and Cut Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Steve Pierce is working hard to attract new jobs to Arizona by lowering corporate tax rates, reducing regulatory burdens, and creating a stronger business environment to help entrepreneurs start and expand small businesses."

Stop Illegal Immigration and Reduce Crime

  • Excerpt: "The fundamental responsibility of government is to protect our citizens and enforce the rule of law. Unfortunately, when it comes to illegal immigration, the federal government is either unwilling or unable to do either one."

Cut Spending and Balance the Budget

  • Excerpt: "Steve Pierce helped eliminate a $1.2 billion deficit and enact a responsible, conservative budget - with no gimmicks, no new rollovers and no more borrowing. In all, state government spending was cut by 20%—without raising taxes."

Defend Our Second Amendment Rights

  • Excerpt: "Steve Pierce is a true champion of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. He received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action for his solidly pro-gun positions."

Defend Property Rights

  • Excerpt: "Water is our most precious commodity. Burdensome and unnecessary regulations limit our ability to access the water we need to raise our families, create jobs, and keep rural Arizona thriving."

2010

Pierce considers himself a "conservative Republican." On his campaign website he advocates for smaller government, including, " lower taxes, protection of water and private property rights, secure borders, road improvements, school choice and modernized forest management"[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbent Steve Pierce was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election. Teri Frost (I) ran but did not appear on the general election ballot.[7][8][9]

Arizona State Senate District 1, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pierce Incumbent 99.7% 55,273
     Independent Teri Frost (Write-in) 0.3% 139
Total Votes 55,412

Pierce was reported to be considering a run for Governor of Arizona in 2014, when incumbent Jan Brewer will be prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.[10]

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Pierce won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 1. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

Arizona State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pierce Incumbent 71.2% 65,988
     Independent Tom Rawles 28.8% 26,656
Total Votes 92,644

2010

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Pierce won re-election to the 1st District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Bob Donahue in the November 2 general election.[13]

Arizona State Senate, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Pierce (R) 52,458
Bob Donahue (D) 28,463

2008

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008 Pierce was elected to the Arizona State Senate, District 1. Pierce finished with 58,612 votes while his opponent Pat Chancerelle finished with 37,512 votes.[14] Pierce raised $321,882 for his campaign fund.[15]

Arizona State Senate, District 1 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Pierce (R) 58,612
Pat Chancerelle (D) 37,512

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pierce is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Pierce raised a total of $603,631 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[16]

Steve Pierce's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 1 Won $221,480
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 1 Won $60,269
2008 Arizona State Senate, District 1 Won $321,882
Grand Total Raised $603,631

2012

Pierce won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $221,480.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Pierce's campaign in 2012
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$1,736
Pinnacle West$1,736
Salt River Project$1,000
Hayden, Bill$848
Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association$800
Total Raised in 2012$221,480
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pierce won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $60,269.

2008

Pierce won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $321,882.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[17]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on ASBA's legislative priority bills.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[17]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to small business.
Legislators are scored on "their support of principles of limited constitutional government."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.

Personal

Pierce and his wife, Joan, have four children and reside in Prescott, AZ. Pierce was born in Phoenix, AZ.

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Arizona State Senate District 1
2009–present
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