|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.
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.
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.
|#[b]||Secretary||Term start||Term end||Party||Terms[c]|
|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[d]|
|6||Isaac "Ike" Peter Fraizer||January 27, 1929||January 5, 1931||Republican||1⁄2[e]|
|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[d]|
|9||Dan Edward Garvey||November 27, 1942||May 25, 1948||Democratic||3+1⁄2[e]|
|10||Curtis M. Williams||November 22, 1948||January 3, 1949||Democratic||1⁄2[e]|
|11||Wesley Bolin||January 3, 1949||October 20, 1977||Democratic||12+1⁄2[f]|
|12||Rose Mofford||October 20, 1977||April 5, 1988||Democratic||3+1⁄2[e]|
|13||James Shumway||April 5, 1988||March 6, 1991||Democratic||1⁄2[e]|
|14||Richard D. Mahoney||March 6, 1991||January 3, 1995||Democratic||1[f]|
|15||Jane Dee Hull||January 3, 1995||September 5, 1997||Republican||1⁄2[g]|
|16||Betsey Bayless||September 5, 1997||January 6, 2003||Republican||1+1⁄2[e]|
|17||Jan Brewer||January 6, 2003||January 21, 2009||Republican||1+1⁄2[g]|
|18||Ken Bennett||January 21, 2009||January 5, 2015||Republican||1+1⁄2[e]|
|19||Michele Reagan||January 5, 2015||January 7, 2019||Republican||1|
|20||Katie Hobbs||January 7, 2019||Incumbent||Democratic|
As of April 2020Betsey 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., five former secretaries of state were alive. The oldest living secretary of state is
|Secretary of State||Term||Date of birth (and age)|
|Richard D. Mahoney||1991-1995||May 28, 1951|
|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|