Gary Pierce


  Republican Gary Pierce is a former Arizona Corporation Commissioner and a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives. In the House of Representatives, Mr. Pierce served as the Majority Whip (2005–2006). He was a member of the Rules, Environment, and Federal Mandates and Property Rights committees. He had previously served on the Judiciary Committee and others. Prior to his election to the Legislature he was twice elected to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors. His record of public service includes serving on the Governor's Commission on National and Community Service from 1994 to 1997 and on the Arizona Housing Commission in 1996 and 1997. He also served on the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation Advisory Board. In Yuma, he served two years on the City Board of Adjustment. The Arizona Republican Party unanimously selected Gary Pierce as a candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). He replaced ACC candidate Marc Spitzer who withdrew when he was appointed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (July 2006). In 2015 the FBI opened a long-term investigation related to the financing of certain statewide races in the 2014 election cycle that allegedly influenced the regulators who decide how much consumers will pay for power. This investigation specifically centered around alleged so-called "dark money" campaign contributions from the utility company Arizona Public Service's (APS) in the 2014 Corporation Commission race. Pierce was interviewed by the FBI in the course of this investigation. On May 25, 2017 Gary Pierce and his wife Sherry were indicted in federal court on felony conspiracy, bribery, mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud. The indictment alleged that Pierce, his wife and utility owner George Johnson conspired to have Johnson pay the Pierce couple by channeling the money through longtime Capitol lobbyist Jim Norton, who at times lobbied on Johnson's behalf, and an "unindicted coconspirator" in exchange for Pierce's votes.
Bribery Trial Involving Ex-Utility Regulator, Three Others Begins
May 31, 2018
Emails: Gary Pierce Did Political Work For Arizona Utility He Was Supposed To Regulate
Jun. 7, 2018
Several Big Names On Witness List In Corruption Trial Involving Johnson Utilities
"Former corporation commissioner Gary Pierce and his wife Sherry are at the center of the scandal."
May 16, 2018
Trial Set For Former Arizona Regulator Charged With Bribery
Dec. 22, 2017
Now Under Indictment, Gary Pierce Was Known For Unpopular Decisions As Utility Regulator
Jun. 12, 2017
Ex-AZ Corp. Commissioner, Owner Of Johnson Utilities Indicted On Bribery Charges
May 25, 2017
Whistleblower Alleges Wrongdoing At Arizona Agency
Feb. 18, 2015
Center for Arizona Policy
2010 Survey Questions For Arizona And County Candidates
Position Sought: Corporation Commission
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 12: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Powerless Arizona Gentleman Threatens To Counter Boycott California
May 19, 2010

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