Russell Pearce

Russell Pearce (born June 23, 1947) is a former Republican Arizona State Senator representing Legislative District 18, which covers most of western and central Mesa and small portions of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona, USA. He became President of the Arizona Senate when the Senate began its current term in January 2011. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives. Pearce is most widely known for sponsoring Arizona SB1070, a controversial anti-illegal alien measure, and for subsequently becoming the first state legislator in Arizona history to be removed from office via a recall election in November 2011.

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