Joe Arpaio

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger


Joe Arpaio served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1953. He was is the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Arizona and has served as a police officer in Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas [3] He founded the Sheriff Joe Arpaio Action Fund in 2016 to promote conservative ideals [3] In 2017, Joe Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for not obeying an order to not detain people without having reasonable suspicion that they committed a crime. Arpaio was later pardoned in 2017 by then-President Donald Trump [2]. Arpaio previously unsuccessfully ran for Maricopa County Sheriff in 2020 [1

Key Issues

Law Enforcement

Arpaio is proud to have run one of the largest county jail systems in the United States, noting that jail operators are often the target of lawsuits [1].


Joe Arpaio believes that securing the American border is necessary. He agrees with former President Trump’s immigration policies [2].


Arpaio is a veteran himself, and believes in veteran affairs and providing them with access to necessary services [3].


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2 TheMarshallProject
3 Ballotpedia