Linda Gray Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General


Former Representative Linda Gray Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of former State Senator, State Representative, and current Legislative District 1 Republican House candidate Linda Gray.

“I am endorsing Mark Brnovich for Attorney General because of his conservative values and his commitment to protecting the issues and rights that I hold dearly,” said Gray. “I admire Mark’s strong and principled record, which includes: protecting property rights, advocating for the Second Amendment, and defending the unborn. I am proud to support Mark for Attorney General.”

Gray served in the Arizona State Senate from 2005 to 2013 and spent more than a decade at the legislature representing the Northwest Valley. She was the chair of the Public Safety & Human Services committee and Vice Chair of the Education K-12 Committee.

Mark Brnovich remarked: “I am honored to receive the endorsement of Linda Gray. She has always been a staunch supporter of law enforcement and was a leader in education and family policy during her time at the legislature.”

Representative Gray joins Representative Paul Boyer, Representative Debbie Lesko, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and U.S. Representative Trent Franks in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.


Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as the Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

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Urgent! Help Save Arizona State Senate Bills 1202, 1203 and 1205!

State Senator Lori Klein presented Senate Bills 1202 (prohibiting partisan instruction in schools), 1203 (accountability and transparency in curriculum and materials) and 1205 (teaching language compliance with FCC standards). Seven Republican state senators have rejected the bills, but there is still hope: YOU!

By contacting the State Senators listed below and respectfully asking them to change their vote by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, there is still a chance to save these bills! When calling, also ask that members reconsider all three bills. It is important to do so! 

Sen. Linda Gray –      Phone Number: (602) 926-3376; Fax Number: (602) 417-3253; Email:
Sen. Adam Driggs  –  Phone Number: (602) 926-3016; Fax Number: (602) 417-3007; Email:
Sen. John McComish  –   Phone Number: (602) 926-5898; Fax Number: (602) 417-3020; Email:
Sen. Paula Aboud  –  Phone Number: (602) 926-5262; Fax Number: (602) 926-3429; Email:
Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford  – Phone Number: (602) 926-5835; Fax Number: (602) 417-3027; Email:

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Statement by President Pearce on Ethics Committee Appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2011
CONTACT: Mike Philipsen

“Today I received a letter from the Senate Rules Attorney (attached), informing me that three members of the Ethics Committee were recusing themselves from the Committee while the panel considers an ethics complaint filed against the three on September 20, 2011. The letter also explains that under Senate Ethics Committee Rule 17, as President of the Senate, I have no choice: I am required to temporarily replace the three members.

Therefore, I am announcing the appointments of Senator Linda Gray, Senator Robert Meza and Senator Jack Jackson, Jr. to the Senate Ethics Committee. Committee member Senator Andy Biggs will serve as Ethics Committee Chair while the three members are temporarily replaced. Senator Biggs is leaving early Friday morning for a commitment at Harvard University. When he returns on Monday he will meet with staff attorneys on this matter.”

Maricopa Community Colleges Board Votes to Follow State Law

CONTACT: Mike Philipsen

Senators take action, get results Maricopa Community Colleges Board Decides to Follow State Law

(Phoenix)—- Members of the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board last night voted 3-2 to keep tuition at levels set in March and scheduled to go into effect in July. This action negated an effort led by Board President Randolph Lumm to reconsider the March vote and continue to allow illegal aliens to qualify for in-state tuition. State law clearly bars community colleges from granting illegals in-state tuition.

Sen. Linda Gray learned from board member Debra Pearson that the MCC Governing Board was holding a special meeting Tuesday night, to consider backing out of a March tuition agreement that finally put the Colleges in compliance with Proposition 300. That is the proposition passed by more than 70% of Arizona voters in 2006, barring illegal immigrants from in-state tuition.

Sen. Gray moved quickly to write a letter to Attorney General Tom Horne, alerting him to the issue and raising questions about the legality of such a move by the Board. The letter was also signed by Senate President Russell Pearce and numerous Republican Senators and Representatives. In the letter, she included direct wording from Proposition 300.

A person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status and who is enrolled as a student at . . . any community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district is not entitled to tuition waivers, fee waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.

Sen. Gray also asked the Attorney General about possible penalties a community college might face for classifying those not lawfully present in the United States as in-state students. With the vote of the Board last night, MCC will not face penalties, and the District is back in compliance with state law.



Sen. Gray: Maricopa Community Colleges Preparing to Violate State Law

CONTACT: Mike Philipsen

(Phoenix, State Capitol) —–It took more than four years for Maricopa Community Colleges to come in compliance with state law on illegal immigrants’ tuition, and now it looks like it may take just three months for the Board to reverse itself, and violate state law.

Sen. Linda Gray has learned the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday night, to consider backing out of a March tuition agreement that finally put the Colleges in compliance with Proposition 300. That is the proposition passed by more than 70% of Arizona voters in 2006, barring illegal immigrants from in-state tuition. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the District Support Services Center at 2411 W. 14th St. in Tempe.

“Voters made it clear nearly five years ago, that illegal aliens should not earn in-state status. The Board has dragged its feet for years, but finally, with the March vote, they decided to fully follow state law,” says Sen. Gray. “Now, even before the tuition schedule goes into effect on July 1, the Board is re-considering its action. That is unacceptable.”

The wording of Proposition 300 is clear on this issue. “A person who was not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigrant status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student….”

“Years ago, voters told these schools, “Don’t use state money to subsidize tuition for illegal immigrants. It is sad that more than four years later, we are still waiting for Maricopa Community Colleges to hear the voters, and even sadder that they are considering turning their back again on those voters,” says Sen. Gray.