List of Governors of Arizona

The Governor of Arizona is the head of government and head of state of the U.S. state of Arizona.[4] In his role as head of government, the governor is the head of the executive branch of the Arizona state government and is charged with enforcing state laws.[4] The governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Arizona State Legislature[5]; to convene the legislature[4]; and to grant pardons[6], except in cases of impeachment. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.[7]

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.[8] 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, from 1967 to 1975.

The current Governor is Republican Doug Ducey, who took office on January 5, 2015.

Governor of Arizona
= Current Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Doug Ducey

since January 5, 2015
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceNo official residence
Term lengthFour years, can succeed self once; eligible again after 4-year respite[1]
Constituting instrumentArizona Constitution, article V[2]
Inaugural holderGeorge W. P. Hunt
FormationFebruary 14, 1912
Salary$95,000 (2013)[3]


Confederate Arizona

Dr. Lewis S. Owings, provisional governor of the Arizona Territory (from 1860 to 1861) and 2nd Confederate governor of Arizona Territory.
Lieutenant Colonel John Baylor
Lieut. Col. John R. Baylor, first Confederate territorial governor from 1861 to 1862.

In Tucson between April 2 and April 5, 1860, a convention of settlers from the southern half of the New Mexico Territory drafted a provisional constitution for "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,[9] they elected a governor, Dr. Lewis S. 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.[10]

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 Confederacy.[11] Dr. Lewis S. Owings remained on as the provisional governor of the territory.

The Confederacy took ownership of the territory on August 1, 1861, when forces led by Lieutenant Colonel John R. Baylor won decisive control of the territory, and Baylor proclaimed himself governor.[12] The Arizona Territory (Confederate) was formally organized on January 18, 1862.[13] On March 20, 1862, Baylor issued an order to kill all the adult Apache and take their children into slavery.[12] 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."[14] By that time, the Confederate government of Arizona Territory was in exile in San Antonio, Texas, as the territory had been effectively lost to Union forces in July 1862;[15] no new governor was appointed.

Governors of the Territory of Arizona

Arizona Territory was formed on February 24, 1863 from New Mexico Territory, remaining a territory for 49 years.[16]

Governors of the Territory of Arizona
No. Governor Term in office[a] Appointing President
John Addison Gurley John A. Gurley [b] Abraham Lincoln
1 John Noble Goodwin John Noble Goodwin December 29, 1863[17][18]

March 4, 1865[c]
2 Richard Cunningham McCormick - Brady-Handy Richard Cunningham McCormick July 9, 1866[19]

March 4, 1869[c]
Andrew Johnson
3 Anson P. K. Safford Anson P. K. Safford July 9, 1869[20]

April 5, 1877
Ulysses S. Grant
4 John Philo Hoyt John Philo Hoyt May 30, 1877[21]

June 12, 1878
Rutherford B. Hayes
5 John Charles Fremont crop John C. Frémont October 6, 1878[22][d]

October 11, 1881[23][e]
6 Frederick Augustus Tritle Frederick Augustus Tritle March 8, 1882[23][24]

October 7, 1885[25][f]
Chester A. Arthur
7 C. Meyer Zulick (Arizona Governor) C. Meyer Zulick November 2, 1885[26]

March 28, 1889
Grover Cleveland
8 Lewis Wolfley (Arizona Governor) Lewis Wolfley April 8, 1889[27]

August 20, 1890[28][g]
Benjamin Harrison
9 John Nichol Irwin - oval John N. Irwin January 21, 1891[30]

April 20, 1892[31][h]
10 N. O. Murphy Oakes Murphy May 11, 1892[33][34]

April 5, 1893
11 LC hughes L. C. Hughes April 12, 1893[35]

April 1, 1896[36][i]
Grover Cleveland
12 BJFranklin Benjamin Joseph Franklin April 18, 1896[38]

July 29, 1897[39]
13 MyronMcCord Myron H. McCord July 29, 1897[40][41]

August 1, 1898[42][j]
William McKinley
14 N. O. Murphy Oakes Murphy August 1, 1898[44][45]

June 30, 1902[46][k]
15 Alexander Brodie Alexander Oswald Brodie July 1, 1902[48][49]

February 14, 1905[50][l]
Theodore Roosevelt
16 Joseph Henry Kibbey-left profile Joseph Henry Kibbey March 7, 1905[50][51]

May 1, 1909
17 Governor R E Sloan Richard Elihu Sloan May 1, 1909[52][53]

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.[54] The term was increased to four years by a 1968 amendment.[55][56] The constitution originally included no term limit,[57] but an amendment passed in 1992 allows governors to succeed themselves only once;[54] 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.[54] 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.[58] 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.[58] To date, the line of succession has gone beyond the secretary of state only 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,[59] who himself had succeeded to the office due to the resignation of his predecessor, Raúl Héctor 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.

Governors of the State of Arizona[m]
No.[n] Governor Term in office Party Election
1 George WP Hunt   George W. P. Hunt February 14, 1912[61]

January 1, 1917
(lost election)[o]
Democratic 1911
2 Thomas E Campbell 2 Thomas Edward Campbell January 1, 1917

December 25, 1917
(removed from office)
Republican 1916[o]
1 George WP Hunt George W. P. Hunt December 25, 1917

January 6, 1919
(not candidate for election)
2 Thomas E Campbell 2 Thomas Edward Campbell January 6, 1919

January 1, 1923
(lost election)[66]
Republican 1918
1 George WP Hunt George W. P. Hunt January 1, 1923

January 7, 1929
(lost election)[67]
Democratic 1922
3 John Calhoun Phillips (Arizona Governor) John Calhoun Phillips January 7, 1929

January 5, 1931
(lost election)
Republican 1928
1 George WP Hunt George W. P. Hunt January 5, 1931

January 2, 1933
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1930
4 Benjamin Baker Moeur (Arizona Governor) Benjamin Baker Moeur January 2, 1933

January 4, 1937
(lost election)
Democratic 1932
5 Rawghlie Clement Stanford Rawghlie Clement Stanford January 4, 1937

January 2, 1939
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1936
6 Robert Taylor Jones Robert Taylor Jones January 2, 1939

January 6, 1941
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1938
7 Sidney Preston Osborn Sidney Preston Osborn January 6, 1941

May 25, 1948
(died in office)
Democratic 1940
8 Dan E. Garvey (Arizona Governor) Dan Edward Garvey May 25, 1948

January 1, 1951
(not candidate for election)
Democratic Succeeded from
Secretary of State
9 John Howard Pyle (Arizona governor) John Howard Pyle January 1, 1951

January 3, 1955
(lost election)
Republican 1950
10 Mcfarland ernest Ernest McFarland January 3, 1955

January 5, 1959
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1954
11 Paul Fannin Paul Fannin January 5, 1959

January 4, 1965
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1958
12 Samuel Pearson Goddard Jr. January 4, 1965

January 2, 1967
(lost election)[68]
Democratic 1964
13 Jack Williams (Arizona politician) (cropped) Jack Williams January 2, 1967

January 6, 1975
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1966
14 Raul Hector Castro Raúl Héctor Castro January 6, 1975

October 20, 1977
Democratic 1974
15 Wesley Bolin October 20, 1977

March 4, 1978
(died in office)
Democratic Succeeded from
Secretary of State
16 Bruce Babbitt by Gage Skidmore Bruce Babbitt March 4, 1978

January 5, 1987[r]
(not candidate for election)
Democratic Succeeded from
Attorney General
17 Evan Mecham January 5, 1987[r]

April 4, 1988
(impeached and removed)[t]
Republican 1986
18 Rose Mofford 2012 Rose Mofford April 4, 1988

March 6, 1991[u]
(not candidate for election)
Democratic Succeeded from
Secretary of State
19 Fife Symington by Gage Skidmore Fife Symington March 6, 1991[u]

September 5, 1997
Republican 1990–1991[u]
20 Jane Dee Hull 2001 cropped Jane Dee Hull September 5, 1997

January 6, 2003
(term limited)
Republican Succeeded from
Secretary of State
21 Portrait Napolitano hires crop Janet Napolitano January 6, 2003

January 21, 2009
Democratic 2002
22 Jan Brewer by Gage Skidmore 5 Jan Brewer January 21, 2009

January 5, 2015
(term limited)[77]
Republican Succeeded from
Secretary of State
23 Doug Ducey by Gage Skidmore 13 Doug Ducey January 5, 2015

Republican 2014

See also


  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.[23]
  6. ^ Resigned after Grover Cleveland was elected, so that the Democrat could appoint a Democrat as governor.[25]
  7. ^ Resigned due to a disagreement with the federal government on arid land policy.[29]
  8. ^ Resigned to handle family business out of state.[32]
  9. ^ Hughes had abolished many territorial offices, and unhappy officials successfully petitioned President Cleveland to remove him.[37]
  10. ^ Resigned to serve in the Spanish–American War.[43]
  11. ^ Asked by President Theodore Roosevelt to resign for opposing the Newlands Reclamation Act.[47]
  12. ^ Resigned to accept appointment as assistant chief of the records and pension bureau at the United States Department of War.[50]
  13. ^ Data is sourced from the National Governors Association, unless supplemental references are required.
  14. ^ The governor's website labeled Doug Ducey as the 23rd governor;[60] based on this, each governor is numbered only once, regardless of how many distinct terms they served. Repeat terms are listed with the governor's original number in italics.
  15. ^ a b Initial results showed that Campbell had won by 30 votes, but Hunt challenged the results, claiming that several precincts had experienced fraudulent voting.[62] The Arizona Supreme Court named Campbell governor on January 27, 1917, and forced Hunt to surrender his office.[63] Hunt continued fighting in court, and on December 22, 1917, was declared the winner of the election by 43 votes.[64] Campbell vacated the office three days later.[65]
  16. ^ First term under a constitutional amendment which lengthened terms to four years.[55]
  17. ^ Castro resigned to take post as United States Ambassador to Argentina.[69]
  18. ^ a b While the constitutional date for when Mecham succeeded Babbitt is January 5, 1987, sources are split between saying the inauguration happened on January 5[70] or January 6.[71]
  19. ^ The secretary of state at the time of Bolin's death had been appointed,[59] not elected, and thus not in the line of succession according to the Arizona constitution.[58] Therefore, state attorney general, Babbitt became governor.[72]
  20. ^ Mecham was impeached and removed from office on charges of obstruction of justice and misuse of government funds,[71] though he was later acquitted.[73]
  21. ^ a b c 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.[76]
  22. ^ Symington resigned after being convicted of bank fraud; the conviction was later overturned and he was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.[74][75]
  23. ^ Napolitano resigned to be United States Secretary of Homeland Security.[8]
  24. ^ Ducey's second term began on January 7, 2019, and will expire on January 2, 2023.


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Fife Symington

John Fife Symington III ( (listen); born August 12, 1945) is an American businessman and politician. In 1990, he was elected to serve the first of two consecutive terms as the 19th governor of Arizona. During his second term, Symington resigned from the office of governor, following a conviction on charges of extortion and bank fraud – a conviction which was later overturned. Prior to his entry into politics, Symington served in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Luke Air Force Base near Glendale, Arizona. He is a member of the Republican Party.

A native of Maryland, Symington attended the Gilman School in Baltimore, and subsequently graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Dutch art history. Symington comes from a political family; his father, J. Fife Symington Jr. was U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, and his cousin Stuart Symington was a U.S. Senator from Missouri. After joining the Air Force in 1967 and achieving the rank of Captain, Symington was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service, and was honorably discharged in 1971. He remained in Arizona, and became a real estate developer, founding his own company, the Symington Company, in 1976.

Symington was elected Governor in 1990 over Mayor of Phoenix Terry Goddard, following a close campaign that resulted in a runoff election. During his first term, Symington established charter schools in Arizona by signing sweeping education reform legislation, with the first charter schools opening in the state in 1995. The following year, during his second term, Symington signed legislation to establish the Arizona Water Bank Authority as a separate agency, allowing excess water to be acquired from the Central Arizona Project and banked in Arizona for future necessity. His term in office also oversaw the first temporary closure of Grand Canyon National Park during the federal government shutdown in November 1995. In 1997, Symington was convicted on seven counts of bank fraud, and resigned from office, but the convictions were later overturned. Before the government could retry him, Symington was pardoned in January 2001 by President Bill Clinton, whom he once saved from a rip tide off of Connecticut during his youth.

After his term as governor, Symington left public service and pursued a career as a chef, later co-founding the Arizona Culinary Institute with his business partners Jerry Moyes, Darren Leite and chef Robert E. Wilson. He has been speculated as a possible candidate for another term as Governor of Arizona, as well as considered running for the United States Senate, but has only endorsed candidates since leaving the Governor's office. Symington is also known as a witness to the infamous Phoenix Lights, a mass UFO sighting which occurred in Phoenix, Arizona on March 13, 1997.

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The following is an alphabetical list of articles related to the U.S. state of Arizona.

Raúl Héctor Castro

Raúl Héctor Castro ( (listen); June 12, 1916 – April 10, 2015) was a Mexican American politician, diplomat and judge. In 1964, Castro was selected to be U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, a position he held until 1968 when he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia. In 1974, Castro was elected to serve as the 14th governor of Arizona, and resigned two years into his term to become U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. Prior to his entry into public service, Castro was a lawyer and a judge for Pima County, Arizona. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

A native of Cananea, Sonora, Castro lived in Mexico until 1926 when he migrated with his family to the U.S. state of Arizona, settling near Douglas. He enrolled in Arizona State Teachers College in Flagstaff, now known as Northern Arizona University, and upon graduation returned to his native Sonora to work for the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service clerk. Subsequently, he returned to Arizona to pursue a career as a lawyer and graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law. Castro served as deputy county attorney for Pima County, Arizona until he was elected county attorney in 1954, and in 1958 he became a Pima County Superior Court Judge.

In 1964, Castro was selected by President Lyndon B. Johnson to become U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador at the recommendation of U.S. Senator Carl Hayden, despite controversy over Castro's surname being associated with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Following a four-year term, he was then appointed to be U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, and resigned in 1969 to return to Arizona to begin a career in politics. Castro ran for and won the Democratic nomination for Governor of Arizona in the 1970 election, but narrowly lost to incumbent Governor Jack Williams. Castro would decide to run again in the 1974 election and defeated his Republican opponent Russell Williams, a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, by a thin margin. Only two years into his term, Castro was approached by President Jimmy Carter to become U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, and resigned as Governor of Arizona. Castro left his post as Ambassador in 1980, ending his career in public service, and returned to Arizona once again to practice law. He died at the age of 98 under hospice care in San Diego, California, at the time he was the oldest living former governor.

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