New Senate President: Andy Biggs
We recently posted about a resolution passed by the Executive Guidance Committee (EGC) of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, as it took on ineffective and disappointingly left-leaning Republican Party leadership via this resolution:
“Be it resolved that due to their lack of support of key Republican principles by withholding key legislation and the misuse of the Republican Victory Fund, the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) does not support the reelection of Andy Tobin as Speaker of the House or Steve Pierce as Senate President.”
At the time of the post, both Pinal County and Maricopa County GOP officials had voted to take the unprecedented strong action. In recent days they were joined by Gila, Navajo and Santa Cruz counties.
Today legislative leadership for the upcoming session was elected. As expected, Steve Pierce was ousted as Senate President, replaced by conservative Andy Biggs (R-LD 12). The new Senate Majority Leader is John McComish (LD-18). Adam Driggs (LD-28) will be Whip.
Biggs, a U of A law school graduate, is well regarded and known as a Constitutional scholar and fiscal watchdog. He was the 2011 recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Legislator of the Year award, presented by the Arizona Chapter of Americans For Prosperity. He was named #1 friend of the taxpayer by the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers and has been honored numerous times by the Goldwater Institute as a friend of Liberty.
On the House side, Andy Tobin (LD-1) remains Speaker. Majority leader is David Gowan (LD-14) and Rick Gray (LD-21) was chosen as Whip.