Ken Bennett

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Ken Bennett
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19th Secretary of State of Arizona
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 26, 2009
Governor Jan Brewer
Preceded by Jan Brewer
President of the Arizona Senate
In office
January 2003 – January 2007
Preceded by Randall Gnant
Succeeded by Tim Bee
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 54–55)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanne Tenney
Children 3
Alma mater Yavapai College
Arizona State University
Religion Mormonism
Website bennettarizona.com

Ken Bennett is a Republican politician and businessman who served as president of the Arizona Senate, and is currently serving as the Secretary of State of Arizona.

Early life[edit]

Ken Bennett was born on August 1, 1959 (age 54) in Tucson, Arizona.[1] His parents moved to Prescott shortly thereafter, where he was raised and later graduated from Prescott High School.[1] Upon graduation, Bennett served a two-year mission in southern Japan, and remains an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1]

In 1981, he graduated from Yavapai College under the President’s Scholarship.[1][2] He then transferred to Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, graduating with Bachelor’s in Accounting.[3][4]

Business career[edit]

Bennett began work for Bennett Oil Company, a fuel distribution business in northern Arizona, in 1984.[1] Initially working in finance, Bennett was eventually hired as the Chief Executive Officer, where he remained until 2006.[1][4][5]

In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors for Global Building Systems Inc.,[6] a sustainable building systems company, as well as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Public Service[edit]

Bennett was elected to the Prescott City Council in 1985 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 1988.[4][7] He was appointed to the Arizona State Board of Education in 1992, serving as president in 1996 and 1998.[8]

In 1998 he was elected to the Arizona State Senate, serving four two-year terms, the second as Chairman of the Education Committee, and the third and fourth as President of the Senate (2003–2007).[1]

When Jan Brewer ascended from Arizona Secretary of State to Governor upon Janet Napolitano's resignation to become United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Bennett was selected as the new Secretary of State, being sworn in on January 26, 2009.[4][9] Upon completing that term, Bennett won election to a full term as Secretary of State in the November 2010 with 59% of the vote.[10]

Governor's Race[edit]

Currently in his last year as Arizona Secretary of State, Bennett officially announced his intention to run for Governor on November 12, 2013.[4][11]

Personal life[edit]

He met his wife Jeanne at ASU, and the two were married in 1982.[1] They have three grown children – Ryan, Dana and Clif – and two grandsons.[1]

References[edit]

Arizona Senate
Preceded by
Randall Gnant
President of the Arizona Senate
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Tim Bee
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan Brewer
Secretary of State of Arizona
2009–present
Incumbent