Secretary of State of Arizona

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Secretary of State of Arizona
Katie Hobbs by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Katie Hobbs

since January 7, 2019
Style The Honorable
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Term length Four years, can succeed self once; eligible again after 4-year respite
DeputyAllie Bones

The Secretary of State of Arizona is an elected position in the U.S. state of Arizona. Since Arizona does not have a lieutenant governor, the Secretary stands first in the line of succession to the governorship. The Secretary also serves as acting governor whenever the governor is incapacitated or out of state. The Secretary is the keeper of the Seal of Arizona and administers oaths of office. [1] The current secretary is Democrat Katie Hobbs.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

Lieutenant governor (United States) sub-national title in the United States

In the United States, 45 of the 50 states have an office of lieutenant governor. In two of the 45 states, the speaker of the upper house of the state legislature serves in such a capacity. In most cases, the lieutenant governor is the highest officer of state after the governor, standing in for that officer when they are absent from the state or temporarily incapacitated. In the event a governor dies, resigns or is removed from office, the lieutenant governor typically becomes governor.



The Secretary is in charge of a wide variety of other duties as well. The Secretary is in charge of four divisions:

Power of attorney

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The Secretary administers the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. [3]


The longest served Secretary is Wesley Bolin, who served 12 full terms (including the last two-year term one and the first four-year term), and 1 partial term for a total of 28 years, 9 months, 18 days (or 10,518 days). Bolin was also the shortest serving governor, ascending to the Governorship in 1977 after Raúl Héctor Castro resigned, and serving only 5 months before his death.

Wesley Bolin American politician

Wesley Bolin was an American Democratic Party politician who served as the 15th governor of the U.S. state of Arizona between 1977 and 1978. His five months in office mark the shortest term in office for any Arizona governor. Prior to ascending to the Governorship, Bolin was the longest serving Secretary of State of Arizona, where he served for 28 years.

Raúl Héctor Castro American judge

Raúl Héctor Castro was a Mexican American politician, diplomat and judge. In 1964, Castro was selected to be U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, a position he held until 1968 when he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia. In 1974, Castro was elected to serve as the 14th governor of Arizona, and resigned two years into his term to become U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. Prior to his entry into public service, Castro was a lawyer and a judge for Pima County, Arizona. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

The second longest serving is James H. Kerby who was elected to 6 two-year terms in 1923–1929, and again in 1933–1939. He is also the only one to serve non-consecutively in the office. The shortest tenure goes to John C. Callaghan who died 20 days after his inauguration.

James Haden Kerby was an early Arizona politician, elected 6 different times to the office of Secretary of State in the 1920s and 1930s. Kerby served the second longest tenure of that office, his 12 years being only beaten by Wesley Bolin's 28 years, 9 months, and 18 days.

Sidney P. Osborn is the only Secretary to be elected Governor without having first ascended to the office upon the death, resignation, or impeachment of a sitting Governor. He was also the first Governor to die in office, making Dan Garvey the first Secretary to ascend to the position.

Sidney Preston Osborn American politician

Sidney Preston Osborn was the first secretary of state of Arizona, and later the seventh governor of Arizona and is, as of 2019, the only governor of Arizona to be elected to four consecutive terms. Osborn is also the second native-born governor of Arizona, preceded by Thomas Edward Campbell.

Dan Edward Garvey American politician

Dan Edward Garvey was the ninth secretary of state of Arizona and the eighth governor of Arizona from 1948 to 1951. He was the first of many people to ascend to the office of Governor from the Secretaryship.



   Democratic (14) [lower-alpha 1]    Republican (7) [lower-alpha 2]

# [lower-alpha 3]  SecretaryTerm startTerm endPartyTerms [lower-alpha 4]
1  Sidney Preston Osborn February 14, 1912January 6, 1919 Democratic 3
2 Mit Simms January 7, 1919January 3, 1921Democratic1
3Ernest R. HallJanuary 3, 1921January 1, 1923 Republican 1
4 James H. Kerby January 1, 1923January 7, 1929Democratic3
5John C. CallaghanJanuary 7, 1929January 27, 1929Democratic12 [lower-alpha 5]
6Isaac "Ike" Peter FraizerJanuary 27, 1929January 5, 1931Republican12 [lower-alpha 6]
7Scott WhiteJanuary 5, 1931January 2, 1933Democratic1
4 James H. Kerby January 2, 1933January 2, 1939Democratic3
8Harry M. MooreJanuary 2, 1939November 20, 1942Democratic1 12 [lower-alpha 7]
9 Dan Edward Garvey November 27, 1942May 25, 1948Democratic3 12 [lower-alpha 8]
10Curtis M. WilliamsNovember 22, 1948January 3, 1949Democratic12 [lower-alpha 6]
11 Wesley Bolin January 3, 1949October 20, 1977Democratic12 12 [lower-alpha 9]
12 Rose Mofford October 20, 1977April 5, 1988Democratic3 12 [lower-alpha 8]
13 James Shumway April 5, 1988March 6, 1991Democratic12 [lower-alpha 6]
14 Richard D. Mahoney March 6, 1991January 3, 1995Democratic1 [lower-alpha 10]
15 Jane Dee Hull January 3, 1995September 5, 1997Republican12 [lower-alpha 11]
16 Betsey Bayless September 5, 1997January 6, 2003Republican1 12 [lower-alpha 6]
17 Jan Brewer January 6, 2003January 21, 2009Republican1 12 [lower-alpha 11]
18 Ken Bennett January 21, 2009January 5, 2015Republican1 12 [lower-alpha 6]
19 Michele Reagan January 5, 2015January 7, 2019Republican1
20 Katie Hobbs January 7, 2019IncumbentDemocratic

Living former Secretaries of State

As of January 2019, six former secretaries of state were alive. The oldest living secretary of state is Jane Dee Hull (served 1995–1997, born 1935). The most recent death of a former secretary of state was that of Rose Mofford (served 1977–1988, born 1922), on September 15, 2016. The most recently serving secretary of state to die was James Shumway (served 1988–1991, born 1939), on May 11, 2003.

Secretary of StateTermDate of birth (and age)
Richard D. Mahoney 1991–1995May 28, 1951 (age 67)
Jane Dee Hull 1995–1997August 8, 1935 (age 83)
Betsey Bayless 1997–2003January 10, 1944 (age 75)
Jan Brewer 2003–2009September 26, 1944 (age 74)
Ken Bennett 2009–2015August 1, 1959 (age 59)
Michele Reagan 2015–2019October 13, 1969 (age 49)

See also


  1. Includes one term served by a repeat secretary and some terms served by an appointed secretary.
  2. Includes some terms served by an appointed secretary.
  3. Repeat Secretaries are officially numbered only once; subsequent terms are marked with their original number italicized.
  4. The fractional terms of some Secretaries are not to be understood absolutely literally; rather, they are meant to show single terms during which multiple Secretaries served, due to resignations, deaths and the like.
  5. Died in office.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 Appointed to the Secretaryship.
  7. Died in office during his second term, but after being elected to a third term.
  8. 1 2 Appointed to the Secretaryship. Ascended to the Governorship.
  9. Term lengths were changed in 1968 for executive offices from 2 to 4 years. Ascended to Governorship.
  10. Term beginnings and endings changed from March to January at this time.
  11. 1 2 Ascended to the Governorship.

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