Republican Doug Ducey was sworn in on Jan. 5, 2015, shortly after midday, changing into the state’s twenty third governor.
Arizona has had 4 ladies governors since statehood, probably the most of any state: Rose Mofford, Jane Hull, Janet Napolitano and Jan Brewer.
Here’s a look at all of Arizona’s governors, beginning with Gov. George W.P. Hunt.
George W.P. Hunt
1911-1919, 1923-1929, 1931-1933 | Democrat
In 1904, George Wylie Paul Hunt grew to become the primary mayor of Globe, and all through his political career, he held positions on the Arizona Territorial Legislature and the Arizona Territorial Council. He was the president of the Arizona Constitutional Convention, the place he helped write Arizona’s Constitution, which led to the territory lastly buying state standing. He was formally inaugurated as Arizona’s first governor on Feb. 14, 1912, in the presence of retired territorial officers and the newly elected officers of the brand new state in a easy ceremony. He served a complete of seven phrases, serving each earlier than and after the phrases of Thomas E. Campbell and John C. Phillips. Hunt died on Dec. 24, 1934, and is buried in a white, pyramid-shaped tomb at Papago Park in Phoenix.
Gov. Thomas E. Campbell
1917, 1919-1923 | Republican
Thomas Campbell was born in 1878 in Prescott. After serving in the Spanish-American War, Campbell grew to become postmaster in town of Jerome, finally being elected to the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1900, the place he proposed a invoice providing tips of an eight-hour workday. In 1907, Campell was chosen for the position of Yavapai County tax assessor, the place he labored on the reformation of tax and funds coverage, till 1914, when he was elected Arizona state tax commissioner. In 1916, he was initially declared governor and sworn in, however the election outcomes had been contested and as a substitute, the position was awarded to Gov. Hunt in 1917. In 1919, Campbell ran once more, and after a second inauguration, Campbell took office for his first full time period. He was extremely concerned in the Colorado River Compact, which in half decided utilization of water from the Colorado River for the states of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and California.
Gov. John C. Phillips
1929-1931 | Republican
John C. Phillips was born in 1870 in Illinois, however moved to Phoenix in 1898 to determine a regulation follow. He began his political career in 1901, working for territorial probate decide and profitable, serving from 1902 to 1912. He then served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1916 to 1922 earlier than transitioning to the Arizona Senate till 1924. He was identified for calling himself “the ugliest man in Arizona” and voters appreciated his humorousness and bluntness.
Phillips was sworn in as governor in 1929, through the Great Depression. He had a hand in the creation of a county-library system and in the erection of the Arizona State constructing on seventeenth Avenue and Adams Street, which might later turn out to be the Arizona Capitol Museum.
A searching and fishing fanatic, he additionally arrange a state fish and sport division whereas in office. In the summer time of 1943, he arrange a sequence of fishing journeys, beginning at his favourite spot in Greer, and dealing his manner across the state. He died of a coronary heart assault whereas fishing at Mormon Lake, simply south of Flagstaff, on June 25,1943.
Gov. Benjamin Baker Moeur
1933-1937 | Democrat
On Dec. 22, 1986, Benjamin Baker Moeur was born in Decherd, Tenn. He graduated from Arkansas Industrial University in 1896 with a level in medication, and arrange a follow in Tempe that very same year. In Tempe, he’s credited with delivering extra infants than anybody else in the 36 years he was in the sector. He entered politics in 1910 as a member of the Arizona Constitutional Convention.
On Jan. 2, 1933, he was sworn into office as governor. He took office through the worst years of the Great Depression, establishing gross sales, luxurious and revenue taxes to ease the state by way of tough occasions. He additionally diminished property taxes and proposed a $4 million minimize in expenditures to the Legislature. He died on March 16, 1937, simply two months after leaving office and was buried at the Butte Cemetery in Tempe.
Gov. Rawghlie Clement Stanford
1937-1939 | Democrat
Rawghlie Clement Stanford was born in Texas in 1879, and got here to Arizona together with his household in a lined wagon when he was a younger boy. He grew up on an 80-acre homestead simply east of Phoenix, south of McDowell Road, and entered the Spanish-American War when he was 20, serving in a two-year tour of the Philippines. He was certainly one of Maricopa County’s first Superior Court judges, admitted into the Bar in 1914 after passing a U.S. District Court check in Tombstone, a position he held till 1923.
He was sworn in as governor in 1937 for a two-year time period after which served as an Arizona Supreme Court justice from 1943 to 1945. He died in December 1963 and was buried in Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix.
Gov. Robert Taylor Jones
1939-1941 | Democrat
Robert Taylor Jones was born in Retledge, Tenn. A civil engineer in his youthful days, he got here to Arizona in 1909 to work alongside the South Pacific railroad from Kelvin to Hayden Junction. He additionally had labored on the development of the Panama Canal.
He later began a pharmacy in Superior, establishing the Jones Drug Company. In 1929 he entered politics, working for Senate, the place he served till 1938. In 1938, he ran for governor, and whereas he was in office, the positions of state historian and state librarian had been created. Jones died on June 11, 1958, and he is buried in Phoenix.
Gov. Sidney Preston Osborn
1941-1948 | Democrat
Sidney Preston Osborn was born in Phoenix on May 17, 1884. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1903 and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington. His first position in politics was as a web page to the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1898.
From 1903 to 1905 he was a delegate to the U.S. Congress, and in 1910, he served as a member of the Arizona Constitutional Convention. Osborn was additionally elected 3 times as Arizona’s secretary of state from 1912 to 1919. After that, he ran for governor in 1924 and 1938, shedding each occasions, earlier than lastly being elected in 1940.
Osborn was identified for his no-nonsense model, which included demanding unsigned resignation letters from prime state officers, which he would demand to be signed by the officers if they might ever show themselves to be inept at their positions. He led the state by way of an financial rise, using on the economic growth from World War II. He is the one Arizona governor to be elected for 4 consecutive phrases, although he died in office through the fourth on May 25, 1948.
Gov. Daniel E. Garvey
1948-1951 | Democrat
Daniel E. Garvey was born in Vicksburg, Miss. in 1886 and moved to Tuscon in 1909, the place he labored as a railroad clerk and auditor forthe Epes Randolph Line and, later, the Southern Pacific Co. He began in 1927 because the chief deputy of Pima County, resigning in 1928, however returning to Pima County in 1929 because the county’s deputy treasurer. He was elected the chief deputy treasurer in 1931 and served by way of 1938, resigning to turn out to be metropolis treasurer of Tuscon.
Garvey served as secretary of state, however took over the position of governor when Osborn handed away in his fourth time period. Garvey gained the election later that year to proceed his time period.
After greater than 40 years of being lively in politics for the state, Garvey handed away at the age of 87.
Gov. John Howard Pyle
1951-1955 | Republican
John Howard Pyle’s career in public service included stints as a Tempe councilman, a White House aide to President Eisenhower, president of the National Safety Council, chairman of OSHA’s National Advisory Committee, and chairman of Arizona heritage. During World War II, Pyle was a struggle correspondent for his personal stations, in addition to NBC. He was the primary radio correspondent to land in Japan with U.S. floor forces, and lined the Japanese give up from the USS Missouri.
He and his marketing campaign supervisor, Barry Goldwater, trigger main upset in getting Pyle elected as governor in 1950 as a Republican politician in a state which was, at the time, lengthy dominated by Democrats. After being elected in 1952, his efforts led to what can be often called the Raid on Short Creek in 1953, throughout which over 100 law-enforcement officers descended on a Mormon compound group close to Colorado City, Ariz., arresting 96 males on suspicion of conspiracy to commit adultery, bigamy, marrying the partner of one other and infamous cohabitation, in what can be the most important mass arrest of polygamists in American historical past. About 230 youngsters had been positioned in foster care and political observers attributed his loss in the 1955 run for governor to pictures of the raid.
After his time as governor, Pyle served because the chairman of the Tempe Historical Society and of the Tempe Bicentennial Committee in 1976. He additionally served a time period as president of the Phoenix Rotary Club and chairman of the charity fund drive which led to the development of the YMCA in downtown Phoenix.
Gov. Ernest William McFarland
1955-1959 | Democrat
Ernest William McFarland, an Oklahoma farm boy, arrived in Arizona in 1919 with just one swimsuit and $10 in his pocket. Though he served as Senate majority chief beneath President Truman in 1951 and 1952, he was identified by his colleagues to be humble and affable. He was identified to have dressed like a banker, seemed like a decide and talked like a rancher.
As a member of the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, McFarland proposed laws to help Native American tribes in Arizona and different southwestern states. He additionally launched or co-sponsored 43 payments to help veterans and members of the armed forces.
In 1954, McFarland defeated Pyle in the race for governor and presided over Arizona’s post-war growth, finally profitable re-election. As governor, McFarland elevated assist for greater training, began initiatives to enhance situations and remedy for the bodily disabled and made efforts towards freeway infrastructure and building.
McFarland died on June 8, 1984, and is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park in Phoenix.
Gov. Paul Jones Fannin
1959-1965 | Republican
Paul Fannin was born in Kentucky in 1907, and moved to Phoenix at age 1.
According to some political observers, Fannin was sought by Republicans in 1957 merely to fill a spot on the poll — he was informed by his celebration that he had little-to-no probability of really profitable the election for governor. He gained the seat in 1959.
Once elected, Fannin reached out to the Democrats, who held practically all of the state Senate seats, and to the Democrats and Republicans of the state House. With bipartisan help, he paved the trail towards statewide initiatives for training, together with making a group faculty system.
Gov. Samuel Pearson Goddard
1965-1967 | Democrat
Samuel Pearson Goddard Jr. was born on Aug. 8, 1919, in Clayton, Mo. He had his begin in politics shortly after he graduated from the University of Arizona regulation faculty in 1949, later opening his personal regulation follow in Tucson. In that point, he was concerned in a number of civic organizations, together with United Way and the Tucson Festival Society, in which he helped set up the Tucson Arts Festival in 1959.
He grew to become the chairman of the Arizona Democratic Committee in 1960, incomes a status as a staunch elder statesman for his celebration in a while in life. Goddard was inaugurated on Jan. 4, 1965, for a time period that lasted solely two years. He platformed as a powerful advocate for minority and girls’s rights, signing a civil-rights invoice in 1965 that, regardless of protests statewide, banned discrimination in voting, jobs and entry to public locations on grounds of race, intercourse, faith, nationality or ancestry.
His “Fair Share” tax plan shifted a burden on the financial system from property taxes to gross sales taxes, enhancing funding for faculties and public providers.
Gov. John ‘Jack’ R. Williams
1967-1975 | Republican
John “Jack” R. Williams was born in Los Angeles in 1909 and moved to Arizona to attend Phoenix Junior College, finally becoming a member of the workers of the KOY-AM radio station. He grew to become identified for his humorousness as one of many greatest radio voices in the state.
Williams’ childhood was riddled with poverty and hardship — he lost his proper eye to a tumor at the age of 5, and would later be identified for his trademark glasses with a frosted proper lens.
Williams served 4 years as mayor of Phoenix in the Fifties, rising town from 17 to 187 sq. miles.
His time period as governor was thought-about by political commentators and observers to be unconventional for a conservative in opposition to massive authorities. With the ability of the post-war financial growth dwindling down because the equipment used in massive factories grew insufficient, Williams revamped state companies with reform in thoughts, working with then-House chief Burton Barr to overtake the state’s property tax structure. Overall, he presided over the most important centralization of energy in state historical past, producing a development in common fund-spending of 271 p.c.
Gov. Raul H. Castro
1975-1977 | Democrat
Raul H. Castro was born on June 12, 1916, in Cananea, Sonora. He got here together with his household to Arizona as a toddler, searching for a greater life in the U.S.
He attended faculty on a scholarship, however struggled to discover a instructing job afterward, citing discrimination because the offender, a time of his life which he stated taught him to “get the chip off my shoulder” as a substitute of getting bitter.
He finally earned a regulation diploma and entered politics to turn out to be the primary Latino elected Pima County lawyer, finally changing into a decide. He served as an envoy to 2 U.S. presidents, by President Lyndon B. Johnson as ambassador to El Salvador, and by President Jimmy Carter as ambassador to Argentina. In 1974, he made historical past as the primary and, to at the present time, the one Mexican-American to be elected because the governor of Arizona.
Gov. Wesley Bolin
1977-1978 | Democrat
Wesley Bolin was born on a Missouri farm in 1909 and moved to Phoenix at the age of 6. He entered the political scene in 1938, after being elected constable of the West Phoenix Precinct, finally occurring to be a justice of the peace in the West Phoenix Precinct court docket in 1943.
He served as secretary of state for practically 29 years earlier than being elected governor on Oct. 20, 1977, the file for probably the most time in the office. Despite this, he served the shortest time as governor — 5 months after his election, he died in office of a coronary heart assault in his Phoenix house on March 4, 1978.
Gov. Bruce Edward Babbitt
1978-1987 | Democrat
Bruce Edward Babbitt was born on June 27, 1938, in Flagstaff. After graduating from University of Notre Dame, he acquired his regulation diploma from Harvard Law School.
Shortly after graduating, Babbitt served as a lawyer in the Justice Department in Washington, earlier than shifting to Phoenix in 1967 to affix a regulation agency. In 1974, he was elected lawyer common, a position he held till 1978, when Gov. Bolin died and Babbitt was appointed governor. He served two full four-year phrases till 1987. His platform included environmental consciousness and civil rights, establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid vacation for employees. In 1988, he ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States however was unsuccessful.
In 1993, Babbitt served eight years because the United States secretary of the Interior, appointed by President Bill Clinton.
Gov. Evan Mecham
1987 – 1988 | Republican
Evan Mecham was born on his household’s farm in Mountain Home, Utah, on May, 12, 1924. He attended Utah State Agricultural College (which is now Utah State University) on an agricultural scholarship, finally leaving to affix the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 throughout World War II. He gained a Purple Heart for his service after being held as a prisoner of struggle for 22 days.
After the struggle, Mecham married his high-school sweetheart and enrolled at ASU for 3 years, earlier than dropping out once more to start out Pontiac automotive dealerships in Glendale and Ajo. While residing in Ajo, he ran unsuccessfully for a spot in the Arizona House of Representatives. In 1960, he gained a seat in the Arizona Senate, in half due to the popularity he earned together with his native automotive dealership commercials. He additionally tried, in 1962, to win a U.S. Senate seat, however was unsuccessful.
After his Senate runs, he ran for governor 4 occasions, in 1964, 1974, 1978 and 1982. It wasn’t till his fifth run in 1986 that he was elected governor, with a platform based mostly on the elimination of revenue taxes and the bolstering of state energy. Mecham, who served as a lay bishop for the Mormon church, was elected in half resulting from help from Mormon voters.
Mecham was described by The Arizona Republic as “a short, wiry bulldog of a man with a direct gaze, a blunt style and deep suspicions about government and its elected elite.” He gained a status for talking out in opposition to the political institution and attacking critics. His time as governor was marred by a number of controversies, beginning days after he was inaugurated in 1987, when he canceled a paid vacation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for state staff, which had been established by Gov. Babbitt. In response to protests amongst civil-rights activists and the black group, Mecham stated, “King doesn’t deserve a holiday,” including, “You folks don’t need another holiday. What you folks need are jobs.”
In fall 1987, Mecham was beneath grand-jury investigation for a $350,000 mortgage given by a Tempe developer. He was indicted by a state grand jury on costs of trying to hide the developer’s mortgage, and whereas he was acquitted of legal costs in 1988, he was impeached by the House on Feb. 5, 1988.
Gov. Rose Mofford
1988-1991 | Democrat
Rose Mofford was born in 1922 to Austrian immigrants and raised in Globe because the youngest of six youngsters. She attended Globe High School, serving as the primary feminine class president, and she or he graduated as valedictorian in 1940.
After commencement, Mofford received a position as an office secretary to state Treasurer Joe Hunt, finally shifting up in the ranks to govt secretary for the state Tax Commission in 1947, however was later faraway from the position as a result of fee members although a person can be higher suited to the job.
She served as business supervisor of Arizona Highways journal earlier than serving 22 years as assistant secretary of state beneath Wesley Bolin, whom she quickly succeeded as the primary feminine secretary of state in 1977.
She ran once more for the position in 1978, 1982 and 1986, profitable by large margins, and changing into the primary feminine governor after Gov. Mecham was impeached in 1988.
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As governor, she was identified for being accessible, punctual and for having an excellent humorousness. Despite being well-received as governor, she didn’t run once more in 1990, saying that she took the position out of a way of responsibility, and that after about 50 years of service, she would take time to go to mates across the state.
Mofford died in hospice care on Sept. 15, 2016, at the age of 94.
Gov. J. Fife Symington
1991-1997 | Republican
John Fife Symington III was born in New York City on Aug. 12, 1945. His father served because the United States ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago in 1961 and his great-grandfather was metal magnate Henry Clay Frick. After graduating from Harvard University in 1968 with a liberal arts diploma, Symington joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Vietnam War and retiring in 1971 as a captain. In 1976 he began his personal real-estate and industrial-development company, the Symington Co., performing as CEO till 1989.
Symington was sworn in as governor on March 6, 1991, profitable re-election once more in 1994.
During his second time period, Symington was indicted on 21 federal counts of extortion, financial institution fraud and false monetary statements. On Sept. 4, 1997, he was discovered responsible of seven counts of financial institution fraud, and he resigned two hours after the jury delivered their verdict.
The conviction was overturned in 1999 by the ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Symington was pardoned in January 2001 by President Clinton.
Gov. Jane Hull
1997-2003 | Republican
Jane Dee Hull was born in Kansas City, Mo. She graduated with an training diploma from the University of Kansas, and moved to Arizona in 1962, campaigning for Barry Goldwater in 1964 in the U.S. presidential election.
In 1978, Hull was elected as a Republican to the Arizona House of Representatives, and in 1989, Hull grew to become the primary feminine speaker of the House in Arizona.
Hull, a 62-year-old grandmother of eight at the time, was sworn in the Monday after Gov. Symington’s resignation. With her ascension into the office of governor, Arizona grew to become the primary state in the nation to have each a feminine governor and Senate president.
Her platform consisted largely of training reform and advocacy for youngsters and the aged.
Gov. Janet Napolitano
2003-2009 | Democrat
Janet Napolitano was born in New York City on Nov. 29, 1957, and was raised in Pittsburgh and Albuquerque. After graduating from Santa Clara University, she moved to Arizona to function a regulation clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth Circuit, finally becoming a member of the decide’s former agency in Phoenix.
In 1993, Bill Clinton selected Napolitano to be the District of Arizona’s U.S. lawyer. In 1998, she grew to become Arizona lawyer common.
She gained the 2002 election for governor, succeeding Gov. Hull, changing into the third feminine governor of Arizona. Napolitano was elected in the face of a $1 billion deficit for 2003-04, skyrocketing highschool dropout charges and a possible affordable-healthcare disaster for low-income seniors.
She resigned from office in 2009 to simply accept President Barack Obama’s provide to be the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security.
Gov. Jan Brewer
2009-2015 | Republican
Jan Brewer was born in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 26, 1944. She moved to Phoenix in 1970.
Her career included time in the state Legislature, on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and as secretary of state.
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When Brewer grew to become governor, the state was in deep fiscal bother, with a funds shortfall of $1.6 billion. Brewer applied measures she promised would revive the state’s financial system in the long term, together with a $1 billion corporate-tax-cut package deal.
She can also be identified to have gained reward from Democrats for her growth of the Medicaid health-care program, a transfer she stated “just made sense.”
In 2012, a now-infamous picture taken by the Associated Press confirmed the governor pointing a finger in President Obama’s face, which rendered criticism from some who noticed the gesture as disrespectful, however help from others, who noticed it as an outline of Brewer’s status as a fighter for the conservative motion in opposition to unlawful immigration. Often, Brewer is spoken of in conjunction with her help of powerful immigration laws reminiscent of SB 1070.
Gov. Doug Ducey
2015-2023 | Republican
Doug Ducey was born in Toledo, Ohio, on April 9, 1964. In 1982, he moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science diploma in finance.
After commencement, he educated in administration with Procter & Gamble, making ready to be CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, a company he bought in 2007.
In January 2011, Ducey took the oath to function Arizona’s thirty second state treasurer. His different workplaces embody chairman of Arizona’s state board of funding and a member of the Arizona State Charter School Board and of the Pat Tillman Foundation.
In 2015, Ducey was inaugurated as governor on a platform of fiscal conservatism which included what he referred to as “tightening the belt on spending.” As governor, he inherited a projected $1 billion greenback shortfall and a $520 million hole in the established funds.