Senate President Steve Pierce. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Extraordinary events put Steve Pierce at the helm of the Arizona Senate — and those same events made the job of leading the chamber, which is already difficult by itself, even more challenging.
The Prescott rancher was elected as Senate president following the ouster of Russell Pearce, who lost a November recall election to a rival Republican. While some of Pearce’s colleagues had no love lost for the former senator, others remained loyal to him.
Pierce had to manage a caucus that not only fractured on these emotional grounds, but one that was also sometimes split on philosophical issues.
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