Betsey Bayless

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Betsey Bayless
16th Secretary of State of Arizona
In office
September 5, 1997 – January 6, 2003
Governor Jane Dee Hull
Preceded by Jane Dee Hull
Succeeded by Jan Brewer
Personal details
Born January 10, 1944 (age 71)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Arizona

Betsey Bayless (born January 10, 1944)[1] was the 16th Secretary of State of Arizona from September 5, 1997 until January 6, 2003. She was appointed to fill the unexpired term of fellow Republican Jane Dee Hull. She was elected to a full term November 3, 1998.


Bayless was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a third generation Arizonan.


Bayless graduated from Xavier High School in 1962.[2] She earned a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Arizona, where, as a Phi Beta Kappa, she received the Freeman Medal as outstanding graduate in 1966. She earned her masters degree in Public Administration at Arizona State University.

Political career[edit]

Prior to her appointment as Secretary of State, Bayless was a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors where she served two terms as board chair. Bayless also served as Director of the state Department of Administration, as Acting Director of the state Department of Revenue and as Assistant Director of the Arizona Board of Regents. She ran in 2002 for the Republican nomination for Governor, but came in a distant second to Matt Salmon,[3] who in turn narrowly lost to Janet Napolitano. Bayless was succeeded in office by fellow Republican Jan Brewer

Post-Political Career[edit]

In 2005, Bayless was hired as the Chief Executive Officer for the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), the public hospital and health care system of Maricopa County.[4] Bayless has been credited with restoring the MIHS to financial viability and expansion of hospital facilities.[5] Following her retirement from the position in 2013, Bayless became President Emeritus for the MIHS.[6]


Bayless received an honorary doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2001.[7] In 2005, Bayless received the Valley Leadership Woman of the Year Award.[8]


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  2. ^ "Women of Achievement". Alumnae. Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
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  4. ^ Wingett, Yvonne (April 6, 2008). "Health-system director scrutinized after report". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Lee, Michele Ye He (Aug 3, 2013). "Purves set to take helm of Maricopa County’s hospital system". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Betsey Bayless". President Emeritus. Maricopa Integrated Health System. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nearly 4,700 students to walk in commencement exercises". Arizona Daily Wildcat. May 9, 2001. Retrieved 25 August 2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
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Political offices
Preceded by
Jane Dee Hull
Arizona Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Jan Brewer