List of governors of Arizona
The governor of Arizona is the head of state and government of the U.S. state of Arizona and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor is also the head of the executive branch of the state government and is the chairwoman of the gubernatorial cabinet.
|Governor of Arizona|
|Type||Head of state |
Head of government
|Member of||Arizona Executive Branch |
|Residence||No official residence|
|Term length||Four years, renewable once|
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of Arizona|
|Inaugural holder||George W. P. Hunt|
|Formation||February 14, 1912|
Katie Hobbs is the 24th and current governor of Arizona, in office since January 2023.
Powers and duties change
The governor has the power to enforce state laws and the duty to either approve or veto bills passed by the Arizona Legislature or the Arizona Senate to assemble the legislature and grant pardons, except in cases of impeachment.
Eligibility & requirements change
Article V, Section 2 of the state's constitution states for a person to serve as governor must:
- be at least 25 years old
- be a qualified voter in Arizona
- have been a citizen of the United States for 10 years
- have been a resident of Arizona for at least five years.
Election process and gubernatorial term limits change
The governor is elected by the people through the popular election to a four-year term. The gubernatorial candidate or incumbent governor must have the majority of the popular vote in order to win the election.
The state's constitution forbids anyone from being elected governor more than twice.
List of governors of Arizona change
|#[a]||Governor||Term start||Term end||Party||Terms[b]|
|1||George W. P. Hunt||February 14, 1912||January 1, 1917||Democratic||2|
|2||Thomas Edward Campbell||January 1, 1917||December 25, 1917||Republican||1⁄2[c]|
|1||George W. P. Hunt||December 25, 1917||January 6, 1919||Democratic||1⁄2[c]|
|2||Thomas Edward Campbell||January 6, 1919||January 1, 1923||Republican||2|
|1||George W. P. Hunt||January 1, 1923||January 7, 1929||Democratic||3|
|3||John Calhoun Phillips||January 7, 1929||January 5, 1931||Republican||1|
|1||George W. P. Hunt||January 5, 1931||January 2, 1933||Democratic||1|
|4||Benjamin Baker Moeur||January 2, 1933||January 4, 1937||Democratic||2|
|5||Rawghlie Clement Stanford||January 4, 1937||January 2, 1939||Democratic||1|
|6||Robert Taylor Jones||January 2, 1939||January 6, 1941||Democratic||1|
|7||Sidney Preston Osborn||January 6, 1941||May 25, 1948||Democratic||3 1⁄2[d]|
|8||Dan Edward Garvey||May 25, 1948||January 1, 1951||Democratic||1 1⁄2[e]|
|9||John Howard Pyle||January 1, 1951||January 3, 1955||Republican||2|
|10||Ernest McFarland||January 3, 1955||January 5, 1959||Democratic||2|
|11||Paul Fannin||January 5, 1959||January 4, 1965||Republican||3|
|12||Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr.||January 4, 1965||January 2, 1967||Democratic||1|
|13||Jack Richard Williams||January 2, 1967||January 6, 1975||Republican||3[f]|
|14||Raúl Héctor Castro||January 6, 1975||October 20, 1977||Democratic||1⁄3[g]|
|15||Wesley Bolin||October 20, 1977||March 4, 1978||Democratic||1⁄3[d][h]|
|16||Bruce Babbitt||March 4, 1978||January 5, 1987||Democratic||2 1⁄3[i]|
|17||Evan Mecham||January 5, 1987||April 4, 1988||Republican||1⁄2[j]|
|18||Rose Mofford||April 4, 1988||March 6, 1991||Democratic||1⁄2[h]|
|19||Fife Symington||March 6, 1991||September 5, 1997||Republican||1 1⁄2[k][l][m]|
|20||Jane Dee Hull||September 5, 1997||January 6, 2003||Republican||1 1⁄2[e][m]|
|21||Janet Napolitano||January 6, 2003||January 21, 2009||Democratic||1 1⁄2[n]|
|22||Jan Brewer||January 21, 2009||January 5, 2015||Republican||1 1⁄2[e]|
|23||Doug Ducey||January 5, 2015||January 2, 2023||Republican||2|
|24||Katie Hobbs||January 2, 2023||Incumbent||Democratic||1[o]|
- Repeat governors are officially numbered only once; subsequent terms are marked with their original number italicized.
- The fractional terms of some governors are not to be understood absolutely literally; rather, they are meant to show single terms during which multiple governors served, due to resignations, deaths and the like.
- Thomas Edward Campbell's narrow election win was overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court on December 22, 1917, which, following a recount, awarded the office to George W.P. Hunt. Campbell vacated the office three days later.
- Died in office.
- As secretary of state, filled unexpired term, and was subsequently elected in their own right.
- The Constitution was amended in 1968 to increase gubernatorial terms from two to four years; Williams' first two terms were for two years, his third was for four years.
- Resigned to take post as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina.
- As secretary of state, filled unexpired term.
- As state attorney general, filled unexpired term, and was subsequently elected in his own right; the secretary of state at the time had been appointed, not elected, and therefore not in the line of succession according to the Arizona constitution.
- Impeached and removed from office on charges of obstruction of justice and misuse of government funds.
- Arizona adopted runoff voting after Evan Mecham won with only 43% of the vote. The 1990 election was very close, and a runoff was held on February 26, 1991, which Symington won, and he was inaugurated on March 6, 1991.
- Resigned after being convicted of bank fraud, since state law does not allow felons to hold office; the conviction was later overturned and he was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.
- Fife Symington resigned on September 5, 1997; Jane Dee Hull did not take the oath of office until September 8, but she was governor for those three days regardless of the delay.
- Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
- Governor Ducey's term expires on January 5, 2027.
- "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
- "Arizona Governor Thomas Edward Campbell". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
- "Arizona Governor Rose Mofford". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- AZ Const. art 5, § 6
- "Arizona Governor Evan Mecham". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
- Mullaney, Marie Marmo (1994). Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1988–1994. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 29–30. ISBN 0-313-28312-5. Retrieved October 11, 2008.
- "Arizona Governor J. Fife Symington III". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on February 9, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
- Todd S., Purdum (1997-09-04). "Arizona Governor Convicted Of Fraud and Will Step Down". The New York Times. Retrieved October 11, 2008.