|21st Secretary of State of Arizona|
January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Michele Reagan|
|Minority Leader of the Arizona Senate|
January 5, 2015 –January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Anna Tovar|
|Succeeded by||David Bradley|
|Member of the Arizona Senate |
from the 24th district
January 7, 2013 –January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Don Shooter|
|Succeeded by||Lela Alston|
|Member of the ArizonaHouseofRepresentatives |
from the 15th district
January 3, 2011 –January 7, 2013
|Preceded by||David Lujan|
|Succeeded by||John Allen (redistricted)|
|Born||December 28, 1969|
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Education|| Northern Arizona University (BSW)|
Arizona State University (MSW)
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Hobbs earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree in social work from Arizona State University; Hobbs has been a social worker since 1992, working on issues such as domestic violence, behavioral health, and homelessness.
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| Minority Leader of the Arizona Senate |
| Secretary of State of Arizona |