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Secretary of State of Arizona

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Secretary of State of Arizona
Katie Hobbs

since January 7, 2019
StyleThe Honorable
ResidencePhoenix, Arizona
Term lengthFour 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.[1] 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.[2] The current secretary is Democrat Katie Hobbs.


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

The Secretary administers the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.[4]


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.

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.

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.



  Democratic (14)[a]   Republican (7)[b]

#[c]   Secretary Term start Term end Party Terms[d]
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 12[e]
6 Isaac "Ike" Peter Fraizer January 27, 1929 January 5, 1931 Republican 12[f]
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 12[g]
9 Dan Edward Garvey November 27, 1942 May 25, 1948 Democratic 3 12[h]
10 Curtis M. Williams November 22, 1948 January 3, 1949 Democratic 12[f]
11 Wesley Bolin January 3, 1949 October 20, 1977 Democratic 12 12[i]
12 Rose Mofford October 20, 1977 April 5, 1988 Democratic 3 12[h]
13 James Shumway April 5, 1988 March 6, 1991 Democratic 12[f]
14 Richard D. Mahoney March 6, 1991 January 3, 1995 Democratic 1[j]
15 Jane Dee Hull January 3, 1995 September 5, 1997 Republican 12[k]
16 Betsey Bayless September 5, 1997 January 6, 2003 Republican 1 12[f]
17 Jan Brewer January 6, 2003 January 21, 2009 Republican 1 12[k]
18 Ken Bennett January 21, 2009 January 5, 2015 Republican 1 12[f]
19 Michele Reagan January 5, 2015 January 7, 2019 Republican 1
20 Katie Hobbs January 7, 2019 Incumbent Democratic

Living former secretaries of state

As of April 2020, five former secretaries of state were alive. The oldest living secretary of state is Betsey Bayless (served 1997–2003, born 1944). The most recent death of a former secretary of state was that of Jane Dee Hull (served 1995–1997, born 1935), on April 16, 2020. She was also the most recently serving secretary of state to die.

Secretary of State Term Date of birth (and age)
Richard D. Mahoney 1991–1995 (1951-05-28) May 28, 1951 (age 69)
Betsey Bayless 1997–2003 (1944-01-10) January 10, 1944 (age 77)
Jan Brewer 2003–2009 (1944-09-26) September 26, 1944 (age 76)
Ken Bennett 2009–2015 (1959-08-01) August 1, 1959 (age 61)
Michele Reagan 2015–2019 (1969-10-13) October 13, 1969 (age 51)

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. ^ a b c d e Appointed to the Secretaryship.
  7. ^ Died in office during his second term, but after being elected to a third term.
  8. ^ a b 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. ^ a b Ascended to the Governorship.


  1. ^ "Constitution of Arizona: Article V, Section 6". Arizona Legislature. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b About the Office of the Secretary of State
  3. ^ The Arizona Blue Book, description Archived September 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^

External links

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