Governor of Arizona
Born and raised in the Grand Canyon State, Katie Hobbs has dedicated her life to serving her community to help solve difficult challenges for the people of Arizona.
Katie has never shied away from the toughest challenges Arizona 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 importance 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. From there, 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 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.
Katie is committed to protecting women’s reproductive freedom, investing in public schools to give every child in Arizona a world-class education, finally addressing the water crisis and securing Arizona’s water supply, and lowering costs on everything from housing to groceries to school supplies.
Katie has never backed down from a tough fight. As governor, she will work every day to deliver real results for everyday Arizonans and finally bring the leadership required to solve the most urgent issues Arizona faces today.