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Fiftieth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Russell Pearce

Russell Pearce

District 18

1700 W. Washington
Room 205
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5760
Fax Number: (602) 926-3429

Personal Information:
Home City: Mesa
Occupation: Legislator (District 18, Mesa)
Member Since: January 2001
I am one of 13 children (a blended family), my wife LuAnne is one of 7 children and we are blessed with 14 grandchildren. I am a fifth generation Arizonan on both my Fathers and Mothers side of my family. My Great, Great Grandfather Harrison Pearce built Pearce Ferry on Lake Mead. My Great Grandfather James Pearce founded Taylor Arizona in the 1860's. My Great Uncle Joe Pearce was one of the original Arizona Rangers serving from 1901 to 1909 when they were disbanded; he was the last of the original Rangers to die. On my Mother's side my Great, Great Grandfather Lorenzo Hill Hatch, settled in Northern Arizona in the 1860’s.

Two of my sons are in law enforcement, Colten with Gilbert P.D. and Sean with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. On Dec. 16, 2004 Sean was shot in the line of duty by an illegal alien while serving a homicide warrant on an illegal alien. I was in Washington D.C. at the time testifying about our nations failed immigration policies when I was handed a note and told there was an emergency at home and to call immediately. I called home and was told Sean was critically wounded after being shot in the chest and stomach and was being transported to Maricopa County Medical Center.

Chief Deputy; Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office:

  • I was with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office which is the fourth largest Sheriff’s Office in the nation for 23 years, achieving the rank of Chief Deputy
  • I created the nationally known "Tent City”, which houses over a 1,000 inmates. Tent City saved taxpayers millions of dollars in construction costs
  • I was shot in the chest and hand and critically wounded in the line of duty by gang members
  • Awarded the Medal of Valor which is the highest award given in law enforcement for exceptional bravery
  • Nominated Deputy of the Year five times and young law enforcement officer of the year by the JC’s
  • Directed and operated the fourth largest jail system in U.S.
  • Created the state wide Arizona Auto Theft Authority. It has become the most successful auto theft prevention task force in the nation
  • Directed and managed law enforcement services for unincorporated Maricopa County with over 350,000 citizens
  • Managed contract law enforcement services for seven municipalities
  • Responsible for preparing and implementing community oriented policing throughout Maricopa County Sheriff’s office jurisdiction
  • Established no smoking jails, removal of explicit magazines, and removal of PG-13 and R rated movies from the county jail.
  • Created with the FBI the Fugitive Task Force, “Desert Hawk” which is a violent crimes fugitive task force
  • Served on national and statewide criminal justice related committees. Built and enhanced partnerships with all law enforcement agencies, city and county governments, community colleges and universities
Director of Arizona’s Motor Vehicle Division:

  • Eliminating more than 3 million annual transactions
  • Reduced wait times from over two hours to less than 20 minutes
  • Saved over $10 million annually in admin costs
  • Implemented “Service Arizona” to renew vehicle registrations and other transactions 24/7 from your home computer to save you the taxpayers time and money
  • E-Business award from IBM – the only government agency in the world to have ever received this award
  • NASIRE – National Association of State Information Resource Executives - ’99 National 1st place for the premium award for e-commerce and innovation
University of Phoenix Outstanding Alumni, 1997
Judge: North Mesa Justice of the Peace
Pro Tem Judge: For Maricopa County Courts
Director: Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

State Senator for LD18, Mesa:

  • 2009 legislator of the year
  • I was recognized as the top (#1) legislator by the Americans for Prosperity as Hero of the Taxpayer.
  • I have been consistently rated in the top every year that I have been in the legislature
  • I was recognized by the Goldwater Institute as the #1 legislator who "proved to be the strongest ally…against government encroachment on liberty"
  • I was rated the #1 legislator by the Pachyderm's Coalition, a Reagan Republican Coalition
  • I was one of only seven legislators in the nation and the only one in Arizona to receive the "Hero of the Taxpayer" award by the American Tax Reform Association
  • Currently chairman of the Senate's Appropriations Committee; "I am the gate keeper not the gift giver, this money comes from labor of Dads and Moms who have a right to keep the fruits of their labor"
  • One most outspoken advocates for stopping the illegal invasion, securing our borders and enforcing our laws
  • In ’04 I was the architect of The Citizen’s Initiative known as Proposition 200, also known as Protect Arizona NOW (Arizona's Citizens and Taxpayers Protection Act), to require:
  1. Proof of citizenship to register to vote. The U.S. Constitution established more than 200 years ago that only citizens may vote. The initiative requires everyone equally to prove that eligibility. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires states to strengthen the integrity of their voter rolls, as does Title 7, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution.
  2. Photo I.D. When voting. Photo I.D. Is required to cash a check, apply for welfare, sign a lease, or get a rental card at a video store. Gov. Napolitano vetoed the photo I.D. Bill, stating it was illegal. Yet 11 states already have laws requiring I.D. When voting. Some laws have been on the books for decades.
  3. Proof of eligibility to receive non-federal mandated public benefits. This is already on the books. The initiative would require everyone to provide proof of eligibility equally. The Urban Institute studied this extensively in 1994, the University of Arizona in 2001, and estimated such costs to vary widely in the tens of millions of dollar
  • I Authored: Arizona’s Fair and Legal Employment Act; Arizona’s Employer Sanctions legislation, the toughest worksite enforcement bill in the nation to stop illegal employers and to protect jobs for legal citizens of Arizona
  • In ’06 I Authored Proposition 100, a Constitutional Amendment to refuse bond to any illegal alien who commits a serious crime in Arizona (passed by 78%)
  • In ’06 I Authored Proposition 102 to require that any illegal alien who sues an American Citizen cannot receive ANY punitive damages (passed by 75%)
  • In ’06 I Authored Prop. 103 making English the Official Language of Arizona (passed by 72%)
  • I sponsored the toughest immigration enforcement legislation in the nation, SB1070 Arizona’s Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act.
  • Eliminates all Sanctuary Policies in the state
  • Creates a Trespass provision for anyone who enters or remains in Arizona in violation of federal law
  • Makes it a misdemeanor for an illegal alien to solicit work and a crime for anyone to pick up a day-labor who they know is an illegal alien and a mandatory impound of their vehicle
  • I Authored TABOR, Arizona's Taxpayers Bill of Rights
  • I sponsored Proposition 102 the Marriage Amendment
  • I sponsored legislation to honor, respect and protect life of the unborn
  • I authored legislation to protect private property rights
  • I authored legislation to protect 2nd Amendment rights (A+ by the NRA and top ranked by the Arizona Citizens Defense League
  • I sponsored tax reduction legislation (largest tax relief package in state history)
  • I sponsored regulatory protection measures for business from organized labor
  • I sponsored SB1108 Freedom to Carry/Constitutional Carry which allows law abiding citizens their Constitutional right to carry, open or concealed
  • I sponsored a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate Affirmative Action by government (All government discrimination) SCR 1031 which will be on the November 2010 ballot
Educational background includes:

  • BA in Management from the University of Phoenix
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Motor Vehicle Legal and Law College
  • Advanced Executive Development, Arizona State University
  • Budget and Appropriations, University of Arizona
  • Arizona Judicial College, Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Over 2,000 hours of specialized law enforcement, executive and management training






Committee Assignments
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Sponsored Bills
Bill NumberSort By Bill Number
Sponsor TypeSort By Sponsor Type
Short TitleSort By Short Title
Final Vote
HB2001 P community colleges; universities; concealed weapons
HB2145 P justification; defensive display; holster
HB2146 P concealed weapons permit; training
HB2505 P school pupils; lawful status; state aid
HB2544 C presidential candidates; affidavit of qualifications
HB2561 P Arizona citizenship.
HB2562 P interstate compact; birth certificates
HB2645 P forfeited weapons; disposition
  (NOW: firearms; rights restoration; peace officers
HB2646 P JTEDs; adult students
HB2664 C Arizona sentencing commission
HB2707 P general fund revenue limit
HB2708 P homeowner's rebate; primary residence
HCR2006 P personal property tax exemption amount
HR2007 P Warrene Ware; service
SB1012 P* technical correction; technical registration board
  (NOW: lakes; non-motorized watercraft; rulemaking; exemption
See Vote
SB1013 P* technical correction; abandoned vehicles; monies
  (NOW: capitol police; transfer
SB1014 P* technical correction; marriage; property rights
  (NOW: preference; Arizona bidders
SB1015 P* technical correction; national guard
  (NOW: state nickname; grand canyon state
SB1016 P* wage rates; technical correction
SB1017 P* technical correction; fines; disbursement
SB1070 P* technical correction; unlawful aliens; transporting
SB1101 P protest activity; prohibition.
SB1117 P* immigration legislation challenges
SB1136 P city or town annexation.
SB1150 P* technical correction; taxes; intangible income
SB1151 P* consumer fraud; technical correction
SB1153 P city auditors; confidential information See Vote
SB1201 P firearms omnibus See Vote
SB1204 C trash collection; multifamily housing
SB1207 C dilapidated building; definition
SB1220 P uniform local sales tax base
SB1221 P urban revenue sharing; distribution freeze
SB1231 P state revenue expenditures; limit
SB1246 P abortion.
SB1262 P Arizona centennial special plates See Vote
SB1265 P abortion; public funding prohibition; taxes.
SB1276 C boxing commission; continuation See Vote
SB1286 C counties; cities; permits; time limit
SB1287 P health insurance; purchase outside state.
SB1308 P interstate compact; birth certificates.
SB1309 P Arizona citizenship
SB1358 C medical marijuana; residency; location; requirements
SB1359 C Arizona rangers; impersonation; offense
SB1387 C lobbying; candidate questionnaires
SB1389 P taxation of capital gains; subtraction
SB1403 C certificates; line siting committee.
  (NOW: mandatory project labor agreements; prohibition
SB1404 C Arizona grain research trust fund
SB1405 C hospital admissions; restrictions
SB1406 C interstate compact; border fence See Vote
SB1407 P schools; data; noncitizen students
SB1408 P state budget; appropriation limitation; hearing
SB1409 C government publications; English only
SB1410 P sheriff; powers and duties
SB1411 P elected county officers; authority
SB1419 P* reviser's technical corrections; 2011 See Vote
SB1433 C federal legislation; state nullification
SB1469 P justification; use of force
SB1476 C lake improvement; boating safety; funds
SB1498 P* Arizona centennial medallions See Vote
SB1521 C schools; head injury policies; athletics See Vote
SB1525 P* city; town; development fees See Vote
SB1527 C health care; disclosures; information
SB1552 C corporate tax allocation; sales factor
SB1553 P education; Arizona empowerment accounts. See Vote
SB1554 C ADE; teachers; liability insurance
SB1555 C government employees; union dues; withholding
SB1589 P authorized third parties; ADOT See Vote
SB1590 C employers; group insurance pooling
SB1591 C health insurance claims; information; disclosure
SB1592 P health care compact; funding
SB1593 P health insurance; interstate purchase See Vote
SB1605 C RFP; advertising in newspapers; repeal
SB1609 P retirement systems; plans; plan design See Vote
SB1610 P state firearm
SB1611 PZ immigration omnibus
SB1612 P general appropriations 2011-2012
  (NOW: 2011-2012; general appropriations
See Vote
SB1613 P 2011-2012; capital outlay
  (NOW: capital outlay; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1614 P 2011-2012; state budget procedures
  (NOW: state budget procedures; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1615 P consolidation; state agencies
  (NOW: state agencies; consolidation
See Vote
SB1616 P revenue; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; revenue; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1617 P K-12 education; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; K-12 education; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1618 P higher education; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; higher education; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1619 P health; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; health; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1620 P welfare; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; welfare; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1621 P criminal justice; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; criminal justice; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1622 PZ general government; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; general government; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1623 P regulation; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; regulation; 2011-2012
See Vote
SB1624 P environment; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
  (NOW: budget reconciliation; environment; 2011-2012
See Vote
SCR1001 P* technical correction; state school fund
  (NOW: judicial selection; procedure
See Vote
SCR1002 P* military personnel; technical correction
SCR1003 P* bond elections; technical correction
SCR1007 P* opposition; gaming; new Indian reservation.
SCR1009 P honoring Hopi code talkers
SCR1010 P judicial decisions; international law
SCR1016 P constitutional convention; federal debt.
SCR1017 P recognizing pregnancy care centers.
SCR1018 P property tax valuation limits
SCR1019 P state appropriation limit; reduction
SCR1020 P* crime victims; protection from liability
SCR1035 P English; official language
SCR1059 P supporting Wisconsin governor; legislature
SCR1061 P Mitch Menlove; death resolution
SR1001 P opposition; gaming; new Indian reservation
SR1003 P Dorwan Stoddard; death resolution
SR1004 P Gabe Zimmerman; death resolution
SR1005 P Phyllis Schneck; death resolution
SR1006 P Christina Taylor Green; death resolution
SR1007 P Dorothy Morris; death resolution
SR1008 P Honorable John Roll; death resolution
SR1011 P national day of the cowboy
SR1012 PZ Roosevelt Dam; centennial.
SR1013 P Lloyd Oliver; death resolution


P* = Prime Prime Sponsor, P = Prime Sponsor, C = Co-Sponsor