Secretaries Since Statehood

 

 

Secretary Adrian Fontes
2023 - Current
Democrat

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.

Secretary Hobbs
2019 - 2022
Democrat

Secretary Katie Hobbs has led a life of service. Beginning as a volunteer at her church and continuing with her job as a social worker and chief compliance officer at one of the largest domestic violence centers in the U.S., the focus of her life has been to help others to gain security, to be heard, and to create better lives.

Secretary Reagan
2015-2018
Republican

Biography

In a state full of success stories, newly-elected Secretary of State Michele Reagan has risen to Arizona's second highest elective office. Through a combination of hard work, commitment to public service and the pioneer spirit; she exemplifies what it means to be an Arizonan.

Name: Michele Reagan

Name as Secretary of State: Michele Reagan

Secretary Bennett
2009-2014
Republican

Biography

Name: Kenneth "Ken" R. Bennett

Name as Secretary of State: Ken Bennett

Notes: Guitar player, once known as one of the "Singing Senators" in the Arizona Legislature.

Other Elected Offices:
Arizona State Senate: Office Years: 1999 – 2006, President: 2003 – 2006
Prescott City Council: Office Years: 1985 – 1989
Mayor Pro Tempore: 1988

Secretary Brewer
2003-2009
Republican

Name: Janice "Jan" Kay Brewer née Drinkwine

Name as Secretary of State: Jan Brewer

Notes: Author of "Scorpions for Breakfast," released in 2011

Other Elected Offices:
Arizona Governor: Office Years: January 21, 2009 –
Arizona State Senate: Office Years: 1987– 1996, Majority Whip: 1993 – 1996
Arizona House of Representative: Office Years: 1983 – 1986

Education: Attended college in California and Arizona

Secretary Bayless
1997-2002
Republican

Name: Betsey Bayless

Name as Secretary of State: Betsey Bayless

Notes: Bayless is a third-generation Arizonan.

Other Elected Offices:
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: Office Years: 1989 – 1997, Chairman of the Board: 1992, 1994, Vice-Chairman: 1997

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Spanish, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1966; Master of Public Administration, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1974

Secretary Hull
1995-1997
Republican

Biography

Name: Jane Dee Hull née Bowersock

Name as Secretary of State: Jane Dee Hull

Notes: Arizona Rep. Jane Dee Hull resigned Oct. 4, 1993, to run for the office of Arizona Secretary of State.

Other Elected Offices:
Arizona Governor: Office Years: September 5, 1997 – 2002
Arizona House of Representatives: Office Years: 1979 – Oct. 4, 1993, Speaker: 1989 – 1992, Speaker Pro Tempore: Jan. 11, 1993 – Oct. 4, 1993

Secretary Mahoney
1991-1994
Democrat

Biography

Name: Richard "Dick" D. Mahoney

Name as Secretary of State: Richard Mahoney

Other Elected Offices:
Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board: Office Years: 1989 – 1990

Secretary Shumway
1988-1990
Democrat

Biography

Name: James "Jim" Hyrum Shumway

Secretary Mofford
1977-1988
Democrat

Biography

Name: Rose Mofford née Perica

Name as Secretary of State: Rose Mofford

Secretary Bolin
1949-1977
Democrat

Biography

Name: Harvey Wesley Bolin

Name as Secretary of State: Wesley Bolin

Secretary Williams
1948-1949
Democrat

Biography

Name: Curtis Maugham Williams

Name as Secretary of State: Curtis M. Williams

Secretary Garvey
1942-1948
Democrat

Biography

Name: Daniel "Dan" Edward Garvey

Name as Secretary of State: Dan E. Garvey

Secretary Moore
1939-1942
Democrat

Biography

Name: Harry Martin Moore

Secretary White
1931-1932
Democrat

Biography

Name: Scott White

Name as Secretary of State: Scott White

Other Elected Offices:
Arizona Fourteenth Legislative Assembly, House of Representatives: Office Year: 1887
Cochise County Board of Supervisors: Office Years: 1891 – 1892
Cochise County Sheriff: Office Years: 1893 – 1894; 1897 – 1900

Secretary Fraizer
1929-1930
Republican

Biography

Name: Isaac "Ike" Peter Fraizer

Name as Secretary of State: I.P. "Ike" Fraizer

Other Elected Offices:
Arizona House of Representatives: Party: Republican, Office Years: 1921 – 1922

Education: B.S. in Mining Engineering, School of Mines and Metallurgy, University of Missouri, 1900

Occupations: Homesteader, 1910 near Elgin, Arizona; mining and civil engineer; Chief Maintenance Engineer, State Highway Department; manager, Texaco Oil Co.

Secretary Callaghan
1929
Democrat

Biography

Name:  John C. Callaghan

Name as Secretary of State:  J.C. Callaghan
  
Other Elected Offices:  
Arizona State Treasurer: Party: Democrat, Office Years: 1927 – 1928
Arizona State Auditor: Party: Democrat, Office Years: 1912 – 1916

Education:  Night school

Secretary of Kerby
1923-1928
Democrat

Biography

Name:  James Haden Kerby

Name as Secretary of State:  James H. Kerby

Education:  Public school; a commercial course, Quincy, Illinois

Occupations:  A. C. Co. drug department, Clifton; Cromb & Shannon meat market bookkeeper, Clifton; deputy to Assessor John J. Birdno, Graham County 1907 – 1911; County Assessor, Greenlee County; farm owner; county contractor; real estate dealer

Secretary Hall
1921-1922
Republican

Biography

Name: Ernest R. Hall

Name as Secretary of State: Ernest R. Hall

Other Elected Offices: Arizona State Senate:  Party: Republican  Office Years: 1917 – 1918 (excused after June 10, 1918, for service in World War I)

Secretary Simms
1919-1920
Democrat

Biography

Name: Milton Speer "Mit" Simms

Name as Secretary of State: Mit Simms

Other Elected Offices
Arizona State Treasurer: Party: Democrat Office Years: 1915 – 1916, 1931 – 1932, 1935 – 1936, 1947 – 1948
Arizona Corporation Commission: Office Years: 1949 – 1954, 1955 – 1957

Occupations: Dry goods salesman; Graham County recorder; farmer; rancher