Born and raised right here in the Grand Canyon State, Katie Hobbs has dedicated her life to listening to her community and helping solve difficult challenges for the people of Arizona. A fearless advocate for Arizona, Katie will bring transparency and accountability to the governor’s office and deliver real results for all of us.
Katie has never shied away from the toughest challenges our state faces because she has lived some of those same challenges. Katie grew up in Tempe in a hard-working middle class family that knows the value of a dollar and the dignity of hard work. She learned the value of service from her parents and from her faith. Starting as a kid who volunteered at church, she has spent her entire life serving – and has never stopped.
She put herself through college at Northern Arizona University and graduate school at Arizona State University with a combination of work study and scholarships, and then immediately started as a social worker helping everyday Arizonans. Her first job out of college was working with homeless youth in Phoenix, and then she helped run one of the largest domestic abuse shelters in the country. There, Katie provided critical resources to thousands of women suffering from domestic violence, and she saw the devastating effects that poverty and lack of access to reproductive health care create.
In her time as a social worker and running a domestic violence shelter, Katie saw firsthand the price Arizonans pay when their elected leaders fail to address the problems people are facing day in and day out. Frustrated with the lack of leadership, Katie decided to run for office herself, and she used her experience as a social worker to take on Arizona’s toughest challenges.
In the legislature, she worked with both parties to expand health care to over 500,000 Arizonans. She worked across the aisle to find new ways to tackle the growing opioid epidemic here in Arizona. And she worked with a Republican governor to clear the state’s rape kit backlog and put sexual assault offenders in jail.
When Katie became Secretary of State in 2018, she had more tough challenges to tackle. She promised to bring trust and accountability to the office – and she did. Katie modernized the office, fixed broken systems, battled misinformation, and navigated the pandemic. These changes led to the administration of the historically secure 2020 election.
That’s the kind of leadership Katie will bring to the governor’s office – real solutions, not finger pointing or conspiracy theories. She will bring people together to solve our most urgent problems.
Katie has never backed down from a tough fight, and she is a battle-tested leader with the strength and experience to get the job done. Now Katie’s ready to deliver real results for everyday Arizonans and finally bring the leadership required to solve the most urgent issues Arizona faces today.
Elected our Secretary of State in 2018, Katie faced an uphill battle.
The prior administration was mired in dysfunction, had wasted taxpayer dollars, and failed on voter protection. There was a lack of accountability to Arizonans. Katie got to work to set things straight.
Under Katie’s leadership, the office was transformed. Katie modernized the office, fixed faulty and broken systems, and battled misinformation from foreign and domestic sources. In the face of threats to herself, her family, and her colleagues, Katie stepped up and fearlessly delivered a historically secure election for Arizona.
Katie knows firsthand that government only works well if it’s led well. For Katie, that means transparency and accountability. It means focusing on our common needs, not the small differences that divide us. It means bringing people together to serve our state, not tearing us apart for political gain. And it means creating opportunity for all – regardless of zip code, gender, race, or ability.
That’s why Katie is ready to serve Arizona as our next Governor.
We can count on Katie Hobbs to bring her fearless dedication to Arizona with her to the governor’s office – just like she’s always done. She’s committed to protecting women’s reproductive freedom, investing in our public schools to give every child in Arizona a world class education, finally addressing our water crisis and securing our water supply, and lowering costs on everything from housing to groceries to school supplies.
Arizonans are tired of partisan bickering. They want someone who will put the politics aside and get the job done. That’s who Katie is, and that’s what she’ll do starting on Day One.
“I know we’ve got what it takes to turn our challenges into opportunities — opportunities to make Arizona the best place to live, work, and raise a family. We need leaders who will look to the future, not dwell on the past. Leaders who can bring people together to get the job done. I’m ready, and I hope you’ll join me.”
Katie lives in Phoenix with her husband, two kids, and their dog, Harley.