Said Dr. Ward, “Turning Phoenix, our capital city, into a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants may impose unnecessary and overwhelming financial burdens on taxpayers. We must not implement any policy that promotes sanctuary to people in this state illegally.”
Ward continued, “Now more than ever, it is essential that local, state, and federal governments work together with local and federal law-enforcement to protect our fellow Americans and to guarantee that all of our laws are upheld, not selectively enforced or even ignored. We are a country of laws. Phoenix should be a shining example in America, not a place where law and order is put on the back burner.”
In 2012, Kelli entered politics by running for a seat in the Arizona State Senate and was unopposed for reelection in 2014. While serving in office, she continued to practice medicine in the emergency department in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, Arizona.
Noted as the most conservative member of the Arizona State Senate, in 2015 she announced her candidacy for the United States Senate against 34-year incumbent John McCain in the Republican primary in the 2016 election. Despite being outspent 10 to 1, Kelli Ward held McCain to his lowest historical primary total ever at 51%.
In October, Kelli announced that she will challenge Republican Senator Jeff Flake, one of President Trump's biggest foes, in the 2018 primary election.