|21st Secretary of State of Arizona|
|Assumed office |
January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Michele Reagan|
|Minority Leader of the Arizona Senate|
January 5, 2015 – January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Anna Tovar|
|Succeeded by||David Bradley|
|Member of the Arizona Senate|
from the 24th district
January 7, 2013 – January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Don Shooter|
|Succeeded by||Lela Alston|
|Member of the Arizona House of Representatives|
from the 15th district
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2013
|Preceded by||David Lujan|
|Succeeded by||John Allen (redistricted)|
|Born||December 28, 1969|
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Education||Northern Arizona University (BSW)|
Arizona State University (MSW)
Kathleen M. Hobbs (born December 28, 1969) is an American politician and social worker serving as the Secretary of State of Arizona. Prior to assuming office in January 2019, she was an Arizona state senator representing the 24th district from 2013 to 2019 and an Arizona state representative representing the 15th district from 2011 to 2013.
Personal life and education
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 an adjunct faculty member at Paradise Valley Community College. Hobbs has a husband, Pat, and two children. She is Catholic.
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, saying she reluctantly applied to the Emerge Arizona and by the end was ready to run for office. In the Senate, she served as minority leader. Hobbs was inspired to run for office by the people she assisted as a social worker believing they were not being heard by the government. She advocates ending domestic violence.
Arizona Secretary of State
On March 8, 2017, Hobbs announced she would run for Arizona Secretary of State. 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, despite 600,000 ballots left to count statewide. With the race as close as it was, neither Hobbs nor Gaynor initially claimed victory. 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. She is the first Democrat to hold the post since 1995 and is holding the post as a Democrat under a Republican Governor.
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