List of Governors of Arizona

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Governor of Arizona
Arizona-StateSeal.svg
= Current Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Incumbent
Doug Ducey

since January 5, 2015
Style The Honorable
Residence No official residence
Term length Four years, can succeed self once; eligible again after 4-year respite
Inaugural holder George W. P. Hunt
Formation February 14, 1912
Deputy None
Salary $95,000 (2013)[1]
Website www.azgovernor.gov

The Governor of Arizona is the head of the executive branch of Arizona's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Arizona Legislature, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.[2]

Twenty-two people have served as governor over 26 distinct terms. All of the repeat governors were in the state's earliest years, when George W. P. Hunt and Thomas Edward Campbell alternated as governor for 17 years and, after a two-year gap, Hunt served another term. One governor, Evan Mecham, was successfully impeached, and one, Fife Symington III, resigned upon being convicted of a felony. The longest-serving governor was Hunt, who was elected seven times and served just under fourteen years. The longest single stint was that of Bruce Babbitt, who was elected to two four-year terms after succeeding to the office following the death of his predecessor, Wesley Bolin, serving nearly nine years total. Bolin had the shortest tenure, dying less than five months after succeeding as governor. Four governors were actually born in Arizona: Campbell, Sidney Preston Osborn, Rose Mofford, and Babbitt. Arizona has had four female governors, the most in the United States, and is also the only state where female governors have served consecutively.[3] Because of a string of deaths in office, resignations, and an impeachment, Arizona has not had a governor whose term began and ended because of "normal" election circumstances since Jack Williams was in office (1967–1975).

The current Governor is Doug Ducey, who was elected on November 4, 2014.

Governors

Confederate Arizona

Lewis Owings, Governor of the provisional Arizona Territory and 1st Governor of Confederate Arizona
Lieutenant Colonel John Baylor, 2nd Governor of Confederate Arizona

In Tucson between April 2 and April 5, 1860, a convention of settlers from the southern half of the New Mexico Territory drafted a constitution for a provisional Arizona Territory, three years before the United States would create such a territory. This proposed territory consisted of the part of New Mexico Territory south of 33° 40' N. On April 2,[4] they elected a governor, Lewis Owings. The provisional territory was to exist until such time as an official territory was created, but that proposal was rejected by the U.S. Congress at the time.[5]

On March 16, 1861, soon before the American Civil War broke out, a convention in Mesilla voted that the provisional territory should secede from the Union and join the Confederate States of America.[6] Lewis Owings remained as territorial governor.

The Confederacy took ownership of the territory on August 1, 1861, when forces led by Lieutenant Colonel John Baylor won decisive control of the territory, and Baylor proclaimed himself governor.[7] The territory was organized on February 14, 1862.[8] On March 20, 1862, Baylor issued an order to kill all the adult Apache and take their children into slavery.[7] When Confederate President Jefferson Davis learned of this order, he strongly disapproved and demanded an explanation. Baylor wrote a letter December 29, 1862, to justify his decision, and after this was received, Davis relieved Baylor of his post and commission, calling his letter an "avowal of an infamous crime."[9] By that time, the government of Confederate Arizona was in exile in San Antonio, Texas, as the territory had been effectively lost to Union forces in July 1862;[10] no new governor was appointed.

Governors of the Territory of Arizona

For the period before Arizona Territory was formed, see the list of Governors of New Mexico Territory.

Arizona Territory was formed on February 24, 1863 from New Mexico Territory, remaining a territory for 49 years.[11] On January 18, 1867, the northwestern corner of the territory was transferred to the state of Nevada.[12]

# Governor Term in office[a] Appointing President
John Addison Gurley.jpg John A. Gurley [b] Abraham Lincoln
1 John Noble Goodwin.jpg John Noble Goodwin December 29, 1863[13][14]

March 4, 1865[c]
2 Richard Cunningham McCormick - Brady-Handy.jpg Richard C. McCormick July 9, 1866[15]

March 4, 1869[c]
Andrew Johnson
3 Anson P. K. Safford.jpg Anson P. K. Safford July 9, 1869[16]

April 5, 1877
Ulysses S. Grant
4 John Philo Hoyt.jpg John P. Hoyt May 30. 1877[17]

June 12, 1878
Rutherford B. Hayes
5 JCFrémont.jpg John C. Frémont October 6, 1878[18][d]

October 11, 1881[19][e]
6 Frederick Augustus Tritle.png Frederick Augustus Tritle March 8, 1882[19][20]

October 7, 1885[21][f]
Chester A. Arthur
7 C. Meyer Zulick (Arizona Governor).jpg C. Meyer Zulick November 2, 1885[22]

March 28, 1889
Grover Cleveland
8 Lewis Wolfley (Arizona Governor).jpg Lewis Wolfley April 8, 1889[23]

August 20, 1890[24][g]
Benjamin Harrison
9 John Nichol Irwin - oval.jpg John N. Irwin January 21, 1891[26]

April 20, 1892[27][h]
10 N. O. Murphy.jpg Nathan Oakes Murphy May 11, 1892[29][30]

April 5, 1893
11 LC hughes.jpg L. C. Hughes April 12, 1893[31]

April 1, 1896[32][i]
Grover Cleveland
12 BJFranklin.jpg Benjamin Joseph Franklin April 18, 1896[34]

July 29, 1897[35]
13 MyronMcCord.png Myron H. McCord July 29, 1897[36][37]

August 1, 1898[38][j]
William McKinley
14 N. O. Murphy.jpg Nathan Oakes Murphy August 1, 1898[40][41]

June 30, 1902[42][k]
15 Alexander Brodie.jpg Alexander O. Brodie July 1, 1902[44][45]

February 14, 1905[46][l]
Theodore Roosevelt
16 Joseph Henry Kibbey-left profile.jpg Joseph H. Kibbey March 7, 1905[46][47]

May 1, 1909
17 Governor R E Sloan.jpg Richard Elihu Sloan May 1, 1909[48][49]

February 14, 1912
William Howard Taft

Governors of the State of Arizona

The state of Arizona was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1912, the last of the contiguous states to be admitted.

The state constitution of 1912 called for the election of a governor every two years.[50] The term was increased to four years by a 1968 amendment.[51][52] The constitution originally included no term limit,[53] but an amendment passed in 1992 allows governors to succeed themselves only once;[50] before this, four governors were elected more than twice in a row. Gubernatorial terms begin on the first Monday in the January following the election.[50] Governors who have served the two term limit can run again after four years out of office.

Arizona is one of seven states which does not have a lieutenant governor; instead, in the event of a vacancy in the office of governor, the Secretary of State, if elected, succeeds to the office. If the secretary of state was appointed, rather than elected, or is otherwise ineligible to hold the office of governor, the first elected and eligible person in the line of succession assumes the office. The state constitution specifies the line of succession to be the Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer and Superintendent of Public Instruction, in that order. If the governor is out of the state or impeached, the next elected officer in the line of succession becomes acting governor until the governor returns or is cleared.[54] The line of succession has gone beyond secretary of state once, when Bruce Babbitt, as attorney general, became governor upon the death of Wesley Bolin; the secretary of state at the time, Rose Mofford, was an appointee to replace Bolin,[55] who himself had succeeded to the office due to the resignation of his predecessor, Raul Hector Castro. Mofford would later succeed Evan Mecham as acting governor when he was impeached by the House of Representatives, and as governor when he was convicted by the Senate.

# Governor[m] Term in office Election Party
1 George WP Hunt.jpg   George W. P. Hunt
November 1, 1859 – December 24, 1934
(Aged 75)
February 14, 1912

January 1, 1917
1911 Democratic
1914
2 Thomas E Campbell 2.jpg Thomas Edward Campbell
January 18, 1878 – March 1, 1944
(Aged 66)
January 1, 1917

December 25, 1917
1916
[n]
Republican
1 George WP Hunt.jpg George W. P. Hunt
November 1, 1859 – December 24, 1934
(Aged 75)
December 25, 1917

January 1, 1919
Democratic
2 Thomas E Campbell 2.jpg Thomas Edward Campbell
January 18, 1878 – March 1, 1944
(Aged 66)
January 1, 1919

January 1, 1923
1918 Republican
1920
1 George WP Hunt.jpg George W. P. Hunt
November 1, 1859 – December 24, 1934
(Aged 75)
January 1, 1923

January 7, 1929
1922 Democratic
1924
1926
3 John Calhoun Phillips (Arizona Governor).jpg John Calhoun Phillips
November 13, 1870 – June 25, 1943
(Aged 72)
January 7, 1929

January 5, 1931
1928 Republican
1 George WP Hunt.jpg George W. P. Hunt
November 1, 1859 – December 24, 1934
(Aged 75)
January 5, 1931

January 2, 1933
1930 Democratic
4 Benjamin Baker Moeur (Arizona Governor).jpg Benjamin Baker Moeur
December 22, 1869 – March 16, 1937
(Aged 67)
January 2, 1933

January 4, 1937
1932 Democratic
1934
5 Rawghlie Clement Stanford.jpg Rawghlie Clement Stanford
August 2, 1879 – December 15, 1963
(Aged 84)
January 4, 1937

January 2, 1939
1936 Democratic
6 Robert Taylor Jones.jpg Robert Taylor Jones
February 8, 1884 – June 11, 1958
(Aged 74)
January 2, 1939

January 6, 1941
1938 Democratic
7 Sidney Preston Osborn.jpg Sidney Preston Osborn
May 17, 1884 – May 25, 1948
(Aged 64)
January 6, 1941

May 25, 1948
1940 Democratic
1942
1944
1946
[o]
8 Dan E. Garvey (Arizona Governor).jpg Dan Edward Garvey
June 19, 1886 – February 5, 1974
(Aged 87)
May 25, 1948

January 1, 1951
Democratic
1948
9 John Howard Pyle (Arizona governor).jpg John Howard Pyle
March 25, 1906 – November 29, 1987
(Aged 81)
January 1, 1951

January 3, 1955
1950 Republican
1952
10 Mcfarland ernest.jpg Ernest McFarland
October 9, 1894 – June 8, 1984
(Aged 89)
January 3, 1955

January 5, 1959
1954 Democratic
1956
11 Paul Fannin.jpg Paul Fannin
January 29, 1907 – January 13, 2002
(Aged 94)
January 5, 1959

January 4, 1965
1958 Republican
1960
1962
12 Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr.
August 8, 1919 – February 1, 2006
(Aged 86)
January 4, 1965

January 2, 1967
1964 Democratic
13 Jack Williams (Arizona politician).jpg Jack Richard Williams
October 29, 1909 – August 24, 1998
(Aged 88)
January 2, 1967

January 6, 1975
1966 Republican
1968
1970
[p]
14 Raul Hector Castro swearing in as Ambassador to Argentina.jpg Raul Hector Castro
June 12, 1916 – April 10, 2015
(Aged 98)
January 6, 1975

October 20, 1977
1974
[q]
Democratic
15 Wesley Bolin
July 1, 1909 – March 4, 1978
(Aged 68)
October 20, 1977

March 4, 1978
Democratic
16 Bruce Babbitt 2007.jpg Bruce Babbitt
(1938-06-27) June 27, 1938 (age 79)
March 4, 1978

January 5, 1987
Democratic
1978
1982
17 Evan Mecham
May 12, 1924 – February 21, 2008
(Aged 83)
January 5, 1987

April 4, 1988
1986
[r]
Republican
18 Rose Mofford 2012.jpg Rose Mofford
June 10, 1922 – September 15, 2016
(Aged 94)
April 4, 1988

March 6, 1991
Democratic
19 Fife Symington by Gage Skidmore.jpg Fife Symington
(1945-08-12) August 12, 1945 (age 72)
March 6, 1991

September 5, 1997
1990
[s]
Republican
1994
[t]
20 Jane Dee Hull 2001 cropped.jpg Jane Dee Hull
(1935-08-08) August 8, 1935 (age 82)
September 5, 1997

January 6, 2003
Republican
1998
21 Janet Napolitano official portrait.jpg Janet Napolitano
(1957-11-29) November 29, 1957 (age 60)
January 6, 2003

January 21, 2009
2002 Democratic
2006
[u]
22 Jan Brewer by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg Jan Brewer
(1944-09-26) September 26, 1944 (age 73)
January 21, 2009

January 5, 2015
Republican
2010
23 Doug Ducey by Gage Skidmore 10.jpg Doug Ducey
(1964-04-09) April 9, 1964 (age 53)
January 5, 2015

Present
2014
[v]
Republican

Living former governors

There are five living former governors of Arizona, the oldest being Jane Dee Hull (served 1997–2003, born 1935). The most recent death of a former governor of Arizona was that of Rose Mofford (served 1988–1991, born 1922), who died on September 15, 2016.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The range given is from the date the governor took the oath of office in Arizona, to the date the governor left office. Due to the distance from Washington, D.C., to Arizona, many governors were appointed and confirmed months before being able to exercise power in the territory.
  2. ^ Gurley died on August 19, 1863, prior to taking office as governor.
  3. ^ a b Resigned to take an elected seat as delegate to the United States House of Representatives.
  4. ^ It is unknown when Frémont took the oath of office; Goff states that he and his family arrived in Prescott on the afternoon of October 6, 1878.
  5. ^ Resigned; Frémont spent little time in the territory; and the Secretary of the Territory asked him to resume his duties or resign, and he chose resignation.[19]
  6. ^ Resigned after Grover Cleveland was elected, so that the Democrat could appoint a Democrat as governor.[21]
  7. ^ Resigned due to a disagreement with the federal government on arid land policy.[25]
  8. ^ Resigned to handle family business out of state.[28]
  9. ^ Hughes had abolished many territorial offices, and unhappy officials successfully petitioned President Cleveland to remove him.[33]
  10. ^ Resigned to serve in the Spanish–American War.[39]
  11. ^ Asked by President Roosevelt to resign for opposing the Newlands Reclamation Act.[43]
  12. ^ Resigned to accept appointment as assistant chief of the records and pension bureau at the United States Department of War.[46]
  13. ^ Repeat governors are officially numbered only once; subsequent terms are marked with their original number italicized.
  14. ^ Campbell's narrow election win was overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court on December 22, 1917, which, following a recount, awarded the office to Hunt. Campbell vacated the office three days later.[56]
  15. ^ Osborn died in office; as secretary of state, Garvey succeeded him.
  16. ^ Terms were lengthened from two to four years beginning with this term.
  17. ^ Castro resigned to take post as United States Ambassador to Argentina; as secretary of state, Bolin succeeded him, but died in office before the end of the term. The secretary of state at the time of Bolin's death had been appointed,[55] not elected, and thus not in the line of succession according to the Arizona constitution.[54] Therefore, as state attorney general, Babbitt then became governor.
  18. ^ Mecham was impeached and removed from office on charges of obstruction of justice and misuse of government funds;[57] as secretary of state, Mofford succeeded him.
  19. ^ Arizona adopted runoff voting after Evan Mecham won with only 43% of the vote in 1986. 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.[58]
  20. ^ Symington 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.[59] As secretary of state, Hull succeeded him. She did not take the oath of office until September 8, but she was governor for those three days regardless of the delay.[60]
  21. ^ Napolitano resigned to become United States Secretary of Homeland Security; as secretary of state, Brewer succeeded her.
  22. ^ Governor Ducey's term expires on January 7, 2019; he will not be term limited.

References

General
  • "Arizona: Past Governors Bios". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  • Goff, John S. (1978). Arizona Territorial Officials Volume II: The Governors 1863–1912. Black Mountain Press. OCLC 5100411. 
  • McClintock, James H. (1916). Arizona, Prehistoric, Aboriginal, Pioneer, Modern: The Nation's Youngest Commonwealth Within a Land of Ancient Culture. The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. OCLC 5398889. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  • Wagoner, Jay J. (1970). Arizona Territory 1863–1912: A Political History. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 0-8165-0176-9. 
Constitution
  • "Constitution of the State of Arizona". Arizona Legislature. 1912. Retrieved September 23, 2008. 
Specific
  1. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ AZ Const. art. 5
  3. ^ "Janet Napolitano". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ Robinson, William Morrison (1941). Justice in Grey: A History of the Judicial System of the Confederate States of America. Harvard University Press. p. 310. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ McClintock pp. 142–143
  6. ^ Colton, Ray Charles (1985). The Civil War in the Western Territories. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 9–10. ISBN 0-8061-1902-0. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Colton, Ray Charles (1985). The Civil War in the Western Territories. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 122–123. ISBN 0-8061-1902-0. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ Cowles, Calvin Duvall (1900). The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. United States Government Printing Office. p. 930. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ Wellman, Paul Iselin (1987). Death in the Desert: The Fifty Years' War for the Great Southwest. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 83–85. ISBN 0-8032-9722-X. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ Heidler, David Stephen; Jeanne t. Heidler; David J. Coles (2002). Encyclopedia Of The American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 1412. ISBN 0-393-04758-X. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ Wagoner p. 20
  12. ^ McClintock p. 329
  13. ^ McGinnis, Ralph Y.; Calvin N. Smith (1994). Abraham Lincoln and the Western Territories. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 91. ISBN 0-8304-1247-6. 
  14. ^ Goff pp. 26–27
  15. ^ Nicolson, John (1974). The Arizona of Joseph Pratt Allyn. University of Arizona Press. p. 39. ISBN 0-8165-0386-9. Retrieved October 11, 2008. McCormick was appointed April 10 and took the oath of office July 9, 1866. 
  16. ^ Goff p. 55
  17. ^ Goff p. 66
  18. ^ Goff pp. 76–77
  19. ^ a b c Walker, Dale L. (1997). Rough Rider: Buckey O'Neill of Arizona. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 23–24. ISBN 0-8032-9796-3. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  20. ^ Goff p. 88
  21. ^ a b Wagoner p. 221
  22. ^ Goff pp. 98–99
  23. ^ Goff p. 112
  24. ^ Walker, Dale L. (1997). Rough Rider: Buckey O'Neill of Arizona. University of Nebraska Press. p. 81. ISBN 0-8032-9796-3. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  25. ^ Wagoner p. 276
  26. ^ Goff pp. 118–119
  27. ^ "Arizona". Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events. New. series, Volume 17 (1892 ed.). 1893. p. 16. Retrieved October 10, 2008. 
  28. ^ Goff p. 127
  29. ^ A Biographical Congressional Directory, 1774 to 1903. United States Government Printing Office. 1903. p. 711. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  30. ^ Goff p. 129
  31. ^ Goff p. 146
  32. ^ Lincoln Library, Carl Sandburg Collections (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) (1897). "Arizona". Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events. 3rd. series, Volume 1 (1896 ed.). p. 26. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  33. ^ Johnson, Rossiter; John Howard Brown (1904). The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. The Biographical Society. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  34. ^ Goff pp. 154–155
  35. ^ "Franklin, Benjamin Joseph". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  36. ^ McClintock p. 345
  37. ^ Goff p. 167
  38. ^ Wagoner p. 345
  39. ^ Roth, Mitchel P.; James Stuart Olson (2001). Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 207. ISBN 0-313-30560-9. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  40. ^ McClintock p. 346
  41. ^ Goff p. 132
  42. ^ "Resignation of Arizona's Governor". The New York Times. April 30, 1902. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  43. ^ Goff p. 136
  44. ^ Goff p. 178
  45. ^ Herner, Charles (1970). The Arizona Rough Riders. University of Arizona Press. p. 221. ISBN 0-8165-0206-4. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  46. ^ a b c McClintock p. 354
  47. ^ Goff p. 189
  48. ^ McClintock p. 359
  49. ^ Goff p. 199
  50. ^ a b c AZ Const. art 5, § 1
  51. ^ Ralph E. Hughes v. Douglas K. Martin Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine. (PDF), (Arizona Supreme Court 2002-08-20). “Nelson involved two allegedly conflicting amendments both approved by voters in the 1968 election, to Article 5 of the Arizona Constitution. ... The other amendment, proposition 104, extended the term of offices of the executive department, including the office of state auditor, from two years to four years.”
  52. ^ Berman, David R. (1998). Arizona Politics & Government: The Quest for Autonomy, Democracy, and Development. University of Nebraska Press. p. 112. ISBN 0-8032-6146-2. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  53. ^ AZ Const. art. 5, old § 1
  54. ^ a b AZ Const. art 5, § 6
  55. ^ a b "Rose Mofford". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  56. ^ "George Wylie Hunt". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  57. ^ "Evan Mecham". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  58. ^ 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. 
  59. ^ "J. Fife Symington III". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  60. ^ Todd S., Purdum (1997-09-04). "Arizona Governor Convicted Of Fraud and Will Step Down". The New York Times. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 

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