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Arizona Secretary of State


Arizona Secretary of State

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 Ken Bennett.


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


Secretaries since Arizona's statehood:[3]

Living former Secretaries of State

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
Rose Mofford 1977-1988 (1922-06-10) June 10, 1922 (age 92)
Richard D. Mahoney 1991-1995 1952 (age 61–62)
Jane Dee Hull 1995-1997 (1935-08-08) August 8, 1935 (age 78)
Betsey Bayless 1997-2003
Jan Brewer 2003-2009 (1944-09-26) September 26, 1944 (age 69)
Ken Bennett 2009-present 1959 (age 54–55)


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