Secretary of State of Arizona

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Secretary of State of Arizona
= Current Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan
Incumbent
Michele Reagan

since January 5, 2015
Style The Honorable
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Term length Four years, can succeed self once; eligible again after 4-year respite
Formation 1912
Deputy None
Salary $70,000
Website azsos.gov

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.[1] The current secretary is Michele Reagan.

Trivia[edit]

The longest served Secretary is Wesley Bolin, who served 12 full terms (including the last biennial one and the first quadrennial one), 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 is James H. Kerby who was elected to 6 biennial 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.

Duties[edit]

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

Officeholders[edit]

Parties

      Democratic (12)[a]       Republican (7)[b]

#[c]   Secretary Term start Term end Party Terms[d]
1   Osborn, Sidney PrestonSidney Preston Osborn February 14, 1912 January 6, 1919 Democratic 3
2 Mitt Simms January 7, 1919 January 3, 1921 Democratic 1
3 Ernest R. Hall January 3, 1921 January 1, 1923 Republican 1
4 Kerby, James H.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 Kerby, James H.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 Garvey, Dan EdwardDan 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 Bolin, WesleyWesley Bolin January 3, 1949 October 20, 1977 Democratic 12 12[i]
12 Mofford, RoseRose Mofford October 20, 1977 April 5, 1988 Democratic 3 12[h]
13 Shumway, JamesJames Shumway April 5, 1988 March 6, 1991 Democratic 12[f]
14 Richard Mahoney March 6, 1991 January 3, 1995 Democratic 1[j]
15 Hull, Jane DeeJane Dee Hull January 3, 1995 November 5, 1997 Republican 12[k]
16 Bayless, BetseyBetsey Bayless November 5, 1997 January 6, 2003 Republican 1 12[f]
17 Brewer, JanJan Brewer January 6, 2003 January 21, 2009 Republican 1 12[k]
18 Bennett, KenKen Bennett January 21, 2009 January 5, 2015 Republican 1 12[f]
19 Reagan, MicheleMichele Reagan January 5, 2015 Incumbent Republican 1[l]

Living former Secretaries of State[edit]

As of October 2013, six former secretaries of state were alive. The oldest living secretary of state is Rose Mofford (1977-1988, born 1922). The most recent death of a former secretary of state was that of James "Jim" Hyrum Shumway (1988-1991), on May 11, 2003.

Secretary of State Term Date of birth (and age)
Rose Mofford 1977-1988 (1922-06-10) June 10, 1922 (age 92)
Richard D. Mahoney 1991-1995 (1951-05-28) May 28, 1951 (age 64)
Jane Dee Hull 1995-1997 (1935-08-08) August 8, 1935 (age 79)
Betsey Bayless 1997-2003 (1944-01-10) January 10, 1944 (age 71)
Jan Brewer 2003-2009 (1944-09-26) September 26, 1944 (age 70)
Ken Bennett 2009–2015 (1959-08-01) August 1, 1959 (age 55)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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 Secretaryship. Ascended to Governor.
  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.
  12. ^ Secretary Reagan's term expires on on January 7, 2019.

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