Russell K. Pearce (born June 23, 1947) is an American politician and former Republican Arizona state senator. He rose to national prominence as the primary sponsor of Arizona SB1070, a controversial anti-illegal alien measure that was signed into law in 2010. He was elected President of the Arizona Senate when the Senate began its current term in January 2011, but then suffered a dramatic reversal of fortune when he was ousted in a November 2011 recall election, the first legislator in Arizona history to be so removed.
Prior to his election to the Arizona Senate in 2008, Pearce served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001-2009, and worked in law enforcement for over 20 years.
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