About the Secretary

Adrian Fontes

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In 2022, Adrian Fontes was elected as Arizona's 21st Secretary of State. Secretary Fontes is a proud Arizona native, an honorable veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and the father of three daughters, who has spent a lifetime fighting for justice and defending our Democracy.

Secretary Fontes served on active duty from 1992 to 1996 and was nominated for a meritorious commission. His service to our country taught him the importance of dedication, discipline, and sacrifice to forcefully fight for the American dream.

After graduating from law school, Secretary Fontes spent his career advocating for justice and fighting for those who are disadvantaged — first as a prosecutor with the Denver District Attorney and then at the Maricopa County Attorney’s office. He later led the International Prosecution Unit at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. He practiced law for 15 years before running for office in 2016 when he was elected Maricopa County Recorder.

As Recorder, Secretary Fontes revolutionized the election system by ensuring that every eligible Arizonan had the access they needed to vote. Adrian enhanced ballot tracking technology and increased process transparency, winning recognition and awards from election organizations across the country.

In 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 crisis and amidst violent protests, Maricopa County saw record voter turnout, as well as record numbers of new voters registered for both parties. Secretary Fontes later testified before Congress to inform them of threats facing election officials.

Secretary Fontes is committed to preserving integrity in our elections, making voting easier for registered voters, and ensuring that Arizona’s business community has a non-partisan partner in the Secretary’s office.

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Secretaries Since Statehood

Secretary Years Served Party
Adrian Fontes 2023 - Current Democrat
Katie Hobbs 2019 - 2022 Democrat
Michele Reagan 2015-2018 Republican
Ken Bennett 2009-2014 Republican
Janice K. Brewer 2003-2009 Republican
Betsey Bayless 1997-2002 Republican
Jane Dee Hull 1995-1997 Republican
Richard "Dick" D. Mahoney 1991-1994 Democrat
James "Jim" Hyrum Shumway 1988-1990 Democrat
Rose Mofford 1977-1988 Democrat
Wesley Bolin 1949-1977 Democrat
Curtis M. Williams 1948-1949 Democrat
Dan E. Garvey 1942-1948 Democrat
Harry M. Moore 1939-1942 Democrat
Scott White 1931-1932 Democrat
I. P. "Ike" Fraizer 1929-1930 Republican
John C. Callaghan 1929 Democrat
James H. Kerby 1923-1928 Democrat
Ernest R. Hall 1921-1922 Republican
Mit Simms 1919-1920 Democrat
Sidney P. Osborn 1912-1918 Democrat