Katie Hobbs

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Katie Hobbs
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21st Secretary of State of Arizona
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
GovernorDoug Ducey
Preceded byMichele Reagan
Minority Leader of the Arizona Senate
In office
January 5, 2015 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byAnna Tovar
Succeeded byDavid Bradley
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 24th district
In office
January 7, 2013 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byDon Shooter
Succeeded byLela Alston
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 15th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Preceded byDavid Lujan
Succeeded byJohn Allen (redistricted)
Personal details
Born (1969-12-28) December 28, 1969 (age 50)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationNorthern Arizona University (BSW)
Arizona State University (MSW)
WebsiteGovernment website

Kathleen M. Hobbs (born December 28, 1969) is an American politician, who is currently the Secretary of State of Arizona. She was previously a state senator from Arizona, representing the 24th district, and a state representative.

Personal life and education[edit]

Hobbs earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree in social work from Arizona State University; Hobbs has been a social worker since 1992, working on issues such as domestic violence, behavioral health, and homelessness.

Hobbs is affiliated with the National Association of Social Workers, and is adjunct faculty at Paradise Valley Community College. Hobbs has a husband, Pat, and two children.[1]

State Legislature[edit]

Hobbs was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010, and was then elected to the Arizona Senate in 2012. Hobbs credits her interest in politics to Emerge Arizona, stating that she reluctantly applied to the Emerge Arizona and by the end was ready to run for office.[2] In the Senate, she serves as the Senate Minority Leader.[1] Hobbs was inspired to run for office by the people she assisted as a social worker believing they weren't being heard by the government. She advocates ending domestic violence.[3]

Arizona Secretary of State[edit]

On March 8, 2017, Hobbs announced she would run for Arizona Secretary of State.[4] In the 2018 elections, she ran against local businessman Steve Gaynor in the contest. On November 6, 2018, the Associated Press prematurely called the race on election night for Gaynor,[5] despite 600,000 ballots left to count statewide.[6] With the race as close as it was, neither Hobbs nor Gaynor initially claimed victory.[7][8] In the days to come, Gaynor's lead narrowed as more and more ballots were counted. On November 16, 2018, Hobbs was officially declared as the winner by a margin of 20,000 votes.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "Katie Hobbs". Arizona State Senate. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Running Women Q&A: Katie Hobbs is Itching to Fight Voter Suppression". thestoryexchange.org. March 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Zepeda, Alyson (February 9, 2011). "New lawmaker profile: Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix". Arizona Capitol Times. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Democratic state Sen. Katie Hobbs will seek to unseat Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan". azcentral.com.
  5. ^ Forman, Carmen. "AP: Steve Gaynor Arizona's next Secretary of State – Arizona Capitol Times". azcapitoltimes.com. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Star, Arizona Daily. "Arizona Election Results Roundup". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Katie Hobbs on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Katie Hobbs, Steve Gaynor in dead heat to become Arizona's next secretary of state". azcentral. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Arizona Election Results". results.arizona.vote. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Gov. Doug Ducey congratulates Katie Hobbs on winning Arizona secretary of state's race". azcentral. Retrieved November 16, 2018.

External links[edit]

Arizona Senate
Preceded by
Anna Tovar
Minority Leader of the Arizona Senate
Succeeded by
David Bradley
Political offices
Preceded by
Michele Reagan
Secretary of State of Arizona