Biggs to challenge Pierce for Arizona Senate presidency

Andy Biggs / Arizona Capitol Times

By Luige del Puerto

Arizona Capitol Times

Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs confirmed yesterday he will challenge Senate President Steve Pierce’s hold on leadership when Republicans convene after the elections next month.

“I think that, you know, it’s going to be a close race obviously. But I think that I can do it,” Biggs told the Arizona Capitol Times.

This is the first time that Biggs, a fiscally conservative Republican from Gilbert, has publicly acknowledged his decision to run for the Senate’s top post, although his allies have previously discussed his plans.

Biggs won’t say how many votes he has secured so far, but he said he feels good about the race.

He also addressed fears he would use the power of the presidency to block bills he doesn’t like.

Biggs said he’ll continue the practice of allowing bills backed by a majority of his caucus to get to the floor for a vote.

Reached on the phone, Pierce seemed puzzled why Biggs wants his job, saying the Republican leadership team accomplished a lot with him at the helm.

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