|Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 3rd district
January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Linda Binder|
|Profession||small business owner|
Early life, education, and business career
Gould was born and raised in Orange County, California, but moved to Arizona in 1995. He was a councilman from Lake Havasu City. He has been a small business owner of an air conditioning and heating company since 1984.
In 2004, he decided to run for the open seat Arizona Senate's 3rd District. In the Republican primary, he defeated State Representative Joe Hart and Bill Wagner 40%-30%-30%. In the general election, he won his first term unopposed.
In 2006, he won re-election to a second term with 62% of the vote. In 2008, he won re-election to a third term with 63% of the vote. In 2010, he won re-election to a fourth term with 72% of the vote.
Termed out of the state Senate, he decided to pursue a congressional seat in Arizona's 4th District.
The Goldwater Institute, Americans for Prosperity, and the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers rate him as the most conservative Arizona State Senator. He voted for the controversial anti-illegal immigration bill Arizona SB 1070. Gould sponsored legislation that would've allowed consealed carry permit holders to carry firearms at public university and community college campuses, as is the law at most government buildings in Arizona. He sponsored SB 1309 that would change the law to get "Arizona citizenship," a baby must be "a child of at least one parent who owes no allegiance to any foreign sovereignty, or a child without citizenship or nationality in any foreign country." He also sponsored SB 1308, which would seek to add a distinction on "birth certificates, certifications of live birth or other birth records ... between a person born in the party state who is born subject to the jurisdiction of the United State and a person who is not born subject to the jurisdiction of the United States."
- Appropriations Committee (Vice Chair)
- Finance Committee
- Government Reform Committee
- Judiciary Committee (Chair)
- Water, Land Use and Rural Development Committee
- Appropriations Committee
- Finance Committee
- Retirement and Rural Development Committee (Chair)
2012 congressional election
In the wake of redistricting, Gould announced on December 1, 2011 that he will form exploratory committee to run for the newly created Arizona's 4th congressional district. A month later, he officially entered the race.
Gould lost the primary to incumbent Paul Gosar, who had represented the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.
He lives in with his wife, Janice, and his three children: Ronald Jr, Robert, and Rachael.