CHIEF DEPUTY/SENATOR RUSSELL PEARCE

  • WORKED FULL TIME FROM MY JUNIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL
  • CONSTRUCTION FRAMING CONTRACTOR (1966 TO 1970)
  • ARMY NATIONAL GUARD (HONORABLE DISCHARGE) (1965 TO 1972)
  • LDS MISSION IN THE EASTERN STATES MISSION (1967 TO 1969)
  • DEPUTY SHERIFF (1970 TO 1991)
  • NORTH MESA JUSTICE OF THE PEACE (1991 TO 1992)
  • CHIEF DEPUTY OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (1993 TO 1994)
  • PROTEM JUDGE FOR MARICOPA COUNTY APPLONTED BY JUDGE CAMPBELL (1993/2001)
  • DIRECTOR OF THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY (1994 TO 1995)
  • DIRECTOR OF THE STATE MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION (1995 TO 1999)
  • STATE REPRESENTATIVE (2001 TO 2008)
  • STATE SENATOR (2009 TO 2011)
  • PRESIDENT OF THE ARIZONA STATE SENATE (2011)
  • PRESIDENT OF BANAMNESTYNOW.ORG A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
  • HOST OF THE RUSSELL PEARCE SHOW ON 960 THE PATRIOT
  • CHIEF DEPUTY OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE (2014 TO PRESENT)

One of 13 children (a blended family) and my wife, LuAnne is one of 7 children; we have five children and 18 grandchildren. I am a fifth generation Arizonan with deep roots into our community.

I believe we have a constitutional duty to the rule of law and protect the rights of lawful citizens by enforcing our laws, including our immigration laws without apology.

PARTIAL HIGHLIGHTS FO SOME OF MY SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVMENTS:

Commission on Family and Children appointed by Governor Mechem to the

Arizona Criminal Justice Commission by Sheriff Dick Godbehere

Arizona’s Law Enforcement Officer’s Advisory Council by Governor Symington appointed by Governor Symington

Auto Theft Prevention Board Appointed by Governor Symington

Executive Board of the American Motor Vehicle Administrators

Executive Board member of the National Governor’s Office Traffic Safety Administrators

University of Phoenix Alumni of the year 1997

International Board Member of America’s Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

MEDAL OF VALOR: Critically wounded in the line of duty (shot in the chest and the hand with a 357 Magnum), continued pursuit of bad buys. Along with other issues of exceptional bravery was awarded the highest award in law enforcement The Medal of Valor.

Nominated for Deputy of the Year 5 times during my career with the Sheriff’s Office

Recipient of the coveted Annie Taylor Award by the David Horowitz Freedom Center

The only legislator every to receive an Honorary Membership in the Arizona Police Association

“Hero of the Taxpayer” by the American Tax Reform Association in 2004 as one of only seven legislators in the nation and the only one in Arizona

Appointed by Governor Mechem to the Board of Faith, Family and Children

Appointed by Governor Symington to the Arizona Law Enforcement Officers Advisory Council (now POST)

1984 Wrote legislation and to create the Arizona Auto Theft Authority got after economic auto thieves. Funded through insurance companies to fund statewide multi-jurisdiction tasks force, vertical prosecution and community based programs, resulting in huge arrests and recoveries with 1100% return on dollars spent.

1984 wrote and got passed legislation to require cities and the state to pay prisoner cost for all misdemeanor arrests brought to the county jails. No one helped me on this as the county Sheriff’s and Board Members thought it an impossible task due to the counties lobbying strength. Long story on the battle, but was able to get passed and talked Governor Rose Mofford into allowing it to go into effect without her signature. Resulting in hundreds of millions for counties.

Architect of nationally recognized Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office “In Tents City”

Eliminating more than 3 million annual transactions and reducing waiting time from over two hours to less than 20 minutes.

Nations First on line “Service Arizona”; the first state in the nation to develop multi-channel alternatives for registration of vehicles and other transactions “on line” over the Internet or telephone. This was a partnership with IBM that saved the taxpayers millions of dollars annually and allows for the conducting of certain transactions 24 hours, 7 days a week, right out of their home. (Over 2 million annual transactions Created Service Arizona saving millions of dollars and huge convenience for Arizona taxpayers for renewal efforts at MVD

Proposition 200 known as ProtectArizonaNOW to reduce voter and welfare fraud (in 3 areas):

  1. Proof of citizenship to register to vote.
  2. Photo I.D. required when voting.
  3. Proof of eligibility to receive public benefits. 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 dollars.

SB1070, “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act, “Making Sanctuary Cities” illegal in Arizona. (Upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court), resulting in:

HB2779 (2007) Employer Sanctions “The Fair and Legal Employment Act”

Proposition 107 to eliminate Affirmative Action in Arizona.

SB1108 “Freedom to Carry Act.

Proposition 100 (2006), Constitutional Amendment NO bond for illegal aliens charged with felonies; passed by 78% of Arizona voters).

Proposition 102 (2006) No punitive awards for illegal aliens who sue a Citizen

Proposition 103 (2006) making English the Official Language of Arizona.

Proposition 300 (2006) NO to the Dream Act

Sponsor of Proposition 102 the Marriage Amendment

Legislation to honor, respect and protect life of the unborn children

Legislation to protect private property rights

Castle Doctrine extended to your car and yard Self Defense Display and more

Tax reduction legislation (largest tax relief package in state history)

Recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business NFIB, the largest business group in Arizona, as the top legislator in promoting business and jobs in Arizona

2009 Legislator of the Year award by Americans for Prosperity

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 Coalition, a Reagan Republican organization

Recognized by the Goldwater Institute as the #1 legislator who “proved to be the strongest ally…against government encroachment on liberty”

Recognized by the Arizona Taxpayers Association as the #1 Friend of the Taxpayer and consistently ranked as one of the top supporters of the taxpayer

Awarded “Hero of the Taxpayer” by the American Tax Reform Association in 2004 as one of only seven legislators in the nation and the only one in Arizona

EDUCATION

  • BA in Management at the University of Phoenix
  • John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Motor Vehicle Legal and Law College, University of Colorado
  • Advanced Executive Development, Arizona State University
  • Budget and Appropriations, University of Arizona
  • Arizona Judicial College, Supreme Court of Arizona.
  • Over 2000 documented hours of specialty training in executive and advanced subjects in the criminal justice and governance fields.

CHIEF DEPUTY MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE UNDER SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO

  • 23 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, achieving the rank of Chief Deputy including being shot and critically wounded in the line of duty.
  • Chief Deputy of the fourth largest sheriff’s office and county jail in the nation, responsible for many innovations including building the “Tent City” for prisoners that continues to save taxpayers millions of dollars and to make sure the “No Vacancy” sign ever goes up
  • GIITEM, Arizona’s Gang & Immigration Task Force over 200 officers dedicated to gang and immigration enforcement
  • Medal of Valor recipient (highest award given in law enforcement for exceptional bravery).

I have a proud record initiating bold and creative solutions to more efficient and effective government from:

  • Creating Sheriff’s “TENT CITY,” saving taxpayers over $100 million (2003)
  • Went to NO smoking in any jail policy
  • Removed all questionable reading material from jails (playboy, etc.)
  • Legislation creating the AFIS (Arizona’s Automated Finger Print Identification System) identifying thousands of bad guys through automated fingerprint identification (1985)
  • Created the Arizona’s Auto Theft Authority dedicated to enforcement and prosecution of auto thieves (1985)
  • Creating the Sheriff’s Youth Assistance Program to create positive interaction between youth and law enforcement (1986)
  • 1984 wrote and got passed legislation to require cities and the state to pay prisoner cost for all misdemeanor arrests brought to the county jails. No one helped me on this as the county Sheriff’s and Board Members thought it an impossible task due to the counties lobbying strength. Long story on the battle, but was able to get passed and talked Governor Rose Mofford into allowing it to go into effect without her signature. Resulting in hundreds of millions for counties.
  • I was nominated 5 times as Deputy of the Year, received the very highest honor in law enforcement, “The Medal of Valor” for exceptional bravery while shot and critically wounded and continued pursuing gang members that shot me.

I have two boys in law enforcement and Sean with the Sheriff’s Office also received “The Medal of Valor”, and I believe we are the only Father and Son in Arizona to have both received the highest award given in law enforcement. Colten, with Gilbert PD was award Officer of the Year and many other awards.

  • Wrote the legislation to create the Arizona Auto Theft Authority, multi-jurisdictional task force dedicated to vertical prosecution, community based programs, funded by insurance companies, with a 900% return on premiums as a result. In 2006, it just received a national award for being the most effective program of its kind in the nation.
  • Assigned to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Board by Sheriff Dick Godbehere as his Proxy for 4 years.
  • Appointed to the AZ POST Board (named Arizona’s Law Enforcement Officer’s Advisory Board) by Governor Fife Symington in 1993
  • Responsible for creation of Sheriff’s office & FBI “Desert Hawk Fugitive Task Force” one of the most successful in the nation.
  • Honorably served in the Arizona Army National Guard, from 1965 to 1972.

NORTH MESA JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

  • The 1st North Mesa Justice of the Peace
  • Recognized by the Arizona Supreme Court as one of the most efficient Justice Courts
  • Helped develop and implement the 1st DUI telephonic Search Warrants Court

DIRECTOR OF THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY FOR GOVERNOR FIFE SYMINGTON

  • Expanded the DUI task force state wide
  • National award for a Hispanic outreach program on alcohol zero tolerance
  • Brought Arizona’s DUI to an .o8, subsequently reducing DUI related fatalities

DIRECTOR OF ARIZONA’S MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION

  • Worked with Governor Symington to create Arizona’s Gang and Immigration Task Force, “GIITEM” (1996)
  • Eliminating more than 3 million annual transactions and reducing waiting time from over two hours to less than 20 minutes.
  • Nations First on line “Service Arizona”; the first state in the nation to develop multi-channel alternatives for registration of vehicles and other transactions “on line” over the Internet or telephone. This was a partnership with IBM that saved the taxpayers millions of dollars annually and allows for the conducting of certain transactions 24 hours, 7 days a week, right out of their home. (Over 2 million annual transactions).
  • 600,000 fewer drivers licenses issued due to becoming the first state in the nation to implement an “Extended Driver’s License”
  • 500,000 fewer annual registration renewals due to our “Biennial Registration”
  • 225,000 trailers not re-registered annually due to “Lifetime Registration of Small Trailers”.
  • 2,000,000 third party “Privatized transactions” saving millions of dollars for the taxpayer and more convenience to the residents of Arizona
  • 140,000 tax reports eliminated through major tax reform reporting, and Weight and Distance elimination
  • 200,000 fewer licenses issued annually by requiring “Legal Presence in U.S.” to get an Arizona Driver’s License
  • This saved over $10 million annually in administrative costs to Arizona taxpayers, all without any budget increase
  • Implemented “Service Arizona”; the first state in the nation to develop multi-channel alternatives for registration of vehicles and other transactions “on line” over the Internet or telephone. This was a partnership with IBM that saved the taxpayers millions of dollars annually and allows for the conducting of certain transactions 24 hours, 7 days a week, right out of their home. (Over 2 million annual transactions)
  • 600,000 fewer drivers licenses issued due to becoming the first state in the nation to implement an “Extended Driver’s License”
  • 500,000 fewer annual registration renewals due to our “Biennial Registration”
  • 225,000 trailers not re-registered annually due to “Lifetime Registration of Small Trailers”
  • 2,000,000 third party “Privatized Transactions” saving millions of dollars for the taxpayer and more convenience to the residents of Arizona
  • 140,000 tax reports eliminated through major tax reform reporting, and Weight and Distance elimination
  • 200,000 fewer licenses issued annually by requiring “Legal Presence in U.S.” to get an Arizona Driver License (I wrote and passed legislation to require legal presence in the U.S.).
  • Implemented Permanent Fleet Registration (3 or more vehicles) for a total of 200 fleets consisting of about 60,000 vehicles
  • Eliminated over 250,000 Out of State Driver Testing transactions
  • Over a three year period from ’96,’97 through ’98 generated over $175 million additional or accelerated revenue funding above forecast directly related to MVD special projects
  • Increased office hours for customer service by over 20% (opened 7am – 6pm weekdays and Saturday hour schedule at selected offices)
  • No increase in MVD’s appropriated budget for 5 years with 65% growth in initial transactions and reduced wait times by over 400%. Reduced customer wait times over 50% during the first 18 months
  • Implemented a “National Motor Vehicle Title Information System” (NMVTIS) for law enforcement and consumer protection that will track a vehicle from manufacturer to crush to eliminate consumer fraud and auto theft
  • Implemented Motor Carrier Tax Reform reducing administrative requirements providing a $20 million savings for industry
  • Successfully implemented the state’s largest merger by incorporating Maricopa County Auto License Department into the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division
  • Reduced the Administrative cost of MVD by $10 million annually
  • Through improved regulatory compliance, we registered approx. 584,402 vehicles in fiscal year 1998 resulting in additional revenues of $9,627,264
  • IBM presented MVD with their “e-business” international award recognizing the Division for leadership for introducing “Service Arizona” electronic services for customer convenience
  • MVD’s enhanced Vehicle Inspection Program on vehicles in 1997 resulted in approximately 1200 stolen vehicles recovered in just the first year alone

PRESIDENT OF THE ARIZONA STATE SENATE

Elected President of the Arizona State Senate in 2011 and became the first recognized “Tea Party President” of the Arizona State Senate.

As past chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee I held that, “We are gate keepers, not the gift givers, of money that comes from the labor of dads and moms who have an inherent right to keep their family earnings, it is their property.”

  • Proposition 200 (2004) known as ProtectArizonaNOW to reduce voter and welfare fraud (in 3 areas):
  1. Proof of citizenship to register to vote.
  1. Photo I.D. required when voting.
  1. Proof of eligibility to receive public benefits. 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 dollars.
  • SB1070 (2010), “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act, “Making Sanctuary Cities” illegal in Arizona. (Upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court), resulting in:
  1. 46% reduction in property crimes
  2. 47% reduction in auto theft
  3. 50% reduction in homicides
  4. Huge drop in K-12 enrollment millions of dollars saved
  5. First time a huge decline in jail and prison population (DOC admitted over a billion dollars in savings)

Statement about SB1070 by the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, showing the impact of good legislation on our state: “Since SB1070, Phoenix has experienced a 30-year low crime rate. 600 police vacancies, budget cuts, and old policing strategies didn’t bring about these falling crime rates; SB1070 did. When hard-working rank-and-file Phoenix Police Officers were given access to the tool of SB1070, the deterrence factor this legislation brought about was clearly instrumental in our unprecedented drop in crime. All of this happened without a single civil rights, racial profiling, or biased policing complaint. To ignore the positive impact of SB1070 in the City of Phoenix is to ignore the huge elephant in the middle of the room.”

  • HB2779 (2007) Employer Sanctions “The Fair and Legal Employment Act” (the toughest worksite enforcement bill in the nation, recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5 to 3 decision). Mandatory use of E-Verify first in Nation
  1. An immediate 2% increased employment of legal workers
  • Proposition 1007 (2010) to eliminate Affirmative Action in Arizona.
  • SB1108 (2010) “Freedom to Carry Act” (making Arizona #1 in the nation in Second Amendment freedoms). Ranked A+ by the NRA and top ranked by the Arizona Citizens Defense League ACDL.
  • Proposition 100 (2006), a Constitutional Amendment (to refuse bond to any illegal alien who commits a serious crime in Arizona and passed by 78% of Arizona voters).
  • Proposition 102 (2006) to require that any illegal alien who sue a Citizen cannot receive any punitive damages.
  • Proposition 103 (2006) making English the Official Language of Arizona.
  • Proposition 300 (2006) NO to the Dream Act, making it illegal for illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition, grants or scholarships to attend high Ed
  • Sponsor of Proposition 102 the Marriage Amendment
  • Legislation to honor, respect and protect life of the unborn children
  • Legislation to protect private property rights
  • Legislation to protect 2nd Amendment rights SB1108 The Freedom to Carry Act (No government permission slip needed for law abiding citizens to carry open or concealed Castle Doctrine extended to your car and yard Self Defense Display and more
  • Tax reduction legislation (largest tax relief package in state history)
  • Recognized as a national leader and speaker on immigration enforcement, states’ rights and states inherent authority under the Constitution
  • Recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business NFIB, the largest business group in Arizona, as the top legislator in promoting business and jobs in Arizona
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year award by Americans for Prosperity
  • 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 Coalition, a Reagan Republican organization
  • As a State legislator, recognized by the Goldwater Institute as the #1 legislator who “proved to be the strongest ally…against government encroachment on liberty”
  • Recognized by the Arizona Taxpayers Association as the #1 Friend of the Taxpayer and consistently ranked as one of the top supporters of the taxpayer
  • Awarded “Hero of the Taxpayer” by the American Tax Reform Association in 2004 as one of only seven legislators in the nation and the only one in Arizona
  • The lead on bringing a BCS National Championship College game to Arizona every four years

One of Arizona and the nation’s most outspoken advocates for stopping the invasion of illegal aliens and foreign criminals that severely threatens Arizona Citizens and sustainability, setting in motion the securing of our borders and enforcement of Arizona immigration law.

CHIEF DEPUTY OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE TO TREASURER ROYCE FLORA

  • Helped to bring huge millions in savings to the taxpayers in our mail budget and other efficiencies
  • Helped to bring E-Notices to the Office to save big bucks
  • Helped with a reorganization of Office
  • Chairman of the ULTIS (a $40 million dollar IT project at the Treasurer’s Office) policy steering committee
  • Worked with the legislature to implement a program to allow low income citizens to avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes

Life Philosophy

I believe in standing up for the taxpayer, for families and efficiency in government, for having the courage to take on the tough issues of governance and defend ‘Rule of Law’. I place my allegiance to God, my great State of Arizona and The United States of America a Constitutional Republic and put America first and foremost in my purpose.

In my 35 years in the criminal justice system, I have always been fair, honest, efficient, effective, innovative, passionate, assertive and loyal to the citizens and taxpayers whom I serve. I believe in defending faith, family and freedom above all else.

The greatness of our nation is measured by the character of its people.

We live in a Constitutional Republic based on Judaic-Christian moral law, freedom and individual, personal responsibility, and this includes limitations on government. The best things we can do for our families are reducing the burden of government and protecting the rights and traditions of families, children and parents and their God given liberties from the abuse of government.