FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2012
Mesa, AZ – January 4th, 2012 – Kirk Adams, candidate for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s 5th congressional district has received the endorsement of former Senate President and Speaker Stan Turley. Turley, a longtime lawmaker, served in both chambers of the legislature from 1964 to 1986 and was one of few members in state history to serve as both Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. He is respected to this day at the capitol as an important figure in Arizona’s political history and as one of the major players in the growth of this state over three decades. Regarding his endorsement, Turley offered the following statement about Kirk Adams.
“As both Speaker of the House and President of the Senate my experience has shown the need for a leader with firm values and vision towards the future. Kirk Adams has these qualities and he would be a great congressman for our district.
Kirk Adams offers a conservative voice for the future. His tenacity was fearless in reforming the state’s troubled pension system and balancing our budget in a time of crisis. Kirk Adams understands the magnitude of the task at hand and will be the best voice for our district in the halls of Congress.”
Kirk Adams said of Turley’s endorsement, “Stan Turley is an Arizona legend. He continues to be remembered for his integrity and for his leadership. Stan Turley’s sole focus was on making Arizona a better place to live. He served the citizens for all the right reasons. I am very grateful to have his support.”
Adams is a husband, father, and small businessman. After joining the state House in 2006, he became so frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for their conservative principles that he launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House. Adams shocked the Republican establishment and political class, winning the Speakership at only 35 years of age.
Adams turned the tide in the House and put Arizona back on the path to fiscal responsibility with an aggressive agenda of reform, courageously taking on some of the most challenging issues in Arizona.
Adams, a lifelong East Valley resident, lives in Mesa with his wife JaNae and their five children.