The Pima County Republican Party is an active organization that works to register Republicans to vote, help recruit and retain Precinct Committee workers, and elect Republican candidates to office. We continue to meet the challenges of growth in Southern Arizona and the future looks bright as we work together to strengthen our Party and win elections.

Republicans have always been the Party of individual rights, reducing and streamlining government bureaucracy, and ensuring Americans remain safe, by winning the war on terror. We believe in a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit that will make our economy strong and provide more opportunities for workers and families. By continuing to build an innovative economy, we will be able to compete in the world market and be on the cutting-edge of technology and commerce. We also believe in strengthening our communities so our children will grow up in an America in which all their hopes and dreams can come true with the family’s role as a touchstone of ability and strength in an ever-changing world.

The Republican Party was born in the early 1850’s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The name “Republican” was chosen because it represented equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson’s Party. The name echoed the 1776 republican values of civic virtue and opposition to aristocracy and corruption.

During the midterm elections in 1874, Democrats tried to scare voters into thinking President Grant would seek to run an unprecedented third term. Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, depicted a Democratic jackass trying to scare a Republican elephant – and both symbols stuck. For a long time Republicans have been known as the “G.O.P” and the faithful thought it meant the “Grand Old Party.” The original meaning in 1875 was “gallant old party.”

Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to be elected to the White House. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans. The White House was in Republican hands under Ronald Reagan when the United States became the world’s only surperpower, winning the Cold War from the old Soviet Union and releasing millions from Communist oppression.