|Secretary of State of Arizona|
|Term length||Four years, can succeed self once; eligible again after 4-year respite|
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.The current secretary is Democrat Katie Hobbs.
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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.
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The Secretary is in charge of a wide variety of other duties as well. The Secretary is in charge of four divisions:
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The Secretary administers the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
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 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 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 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 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) Republican (7)
|#||Secretary||Term start||Term end||Party||Terms|
|1||Sidney Preston Osborn||February 14, 1912||January 6, 1919||Democratic||3|
|2||Mit Simms||January 7, 1919||January 3, 1921||Democratic||1|
|3||Ernest R. Hall||January 3, 1921||January 1, 1923||Republican||1|
|4||James H. Kerby||January 1, 1923||January 7, 1929||Democratic||3|
|5||John C. Callaghan||January 7, 1929||January 27, 1929||Democratic||1⁄2|
|6||Isaac "Ike" Peter Fraizer||January 27, 1929||January 5, 1931||Republican||1⁄2|
|7||Scott White||January 5, 1931||January 2, 1933||Democratic||1|
|4||James H. Kerby||January 2, 1933||January 2, 1939||Democratic||3|
|8||Harry M. Moore||January 2, 1939||November 20, 1942||Democratic||1 1⁄2|
|9||Dan Edward Garvey||November 27, 1942||May 25, 1948||Democratic||3 1⁄2|
|10||Curtis M. Williams||November 22, 1948||January 3, 1949||Democratic||1⁄2|
|11||Wesley Bolin||January 3, 1949||October 20, 1977||Democratic||12 1⁄2|
|12||Rose Mofford||October 20, 1977||April 5, 1988||Democratic||3 1⁄2|
|13||James Shumway||April 5, 1988||March 6, 1991||Democratic||1⁄2|
|14||Richard D. Mahoney||March 6, 1991||January 3, 1995||Democratic||1|
|15||Jane Dee Hull||January 3, 1995||September 5, 1997||Republican||1⁄2|
|16||Betsey Bayless||September 5, 1997||January 6, 2003||Republican||1 1⁄2|
|17||Jan Brewer||January 6, 2003||January 21, 2009||Republican||1 1⁄2|
|18||Ken Bennett||January 21, 2009||January 5, 2015||Republican||1 1⁄2|
|19||Michele Reagan||January 5, 2015||January 7, 2019||Republican||1|
|20||Katie Hobbs||January 7, 2019||Incumbent||Democratic|
As of January 2019 [update] , 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 State||Term||Date of birth (and age)|
|Richard D. Mahoney||1991–1995||May 28, 1951|
|Jane Dee Hull||1995–1997||August 8, 1935|
|Betsey Bayless||1997–2003||January 10, 1944|
|Jan Brewer||2003–2009||September 26, 1944|
|Ken Bennett||2009–2015||August 1, 1959|
|Michele Reagan||2015–2019||October 13, 1969|
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