Governor Katie Hobbs grew up in Tempe in a hard-working middle-class family. She learned the value of service from her parents and from her faith.
After putting herself through college at Northern Arizona University and graduate school at Arizona State University with a combination of work study and scholarships, Hobbs began her career as a social worker. 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.
Governor Hobbs served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013 and in the Arizona State Senate from 2013 to 2019, serving as state Senate minority leader from 2015 to 2019. 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, and she worked with a Republican governor to clear the state’s rape kit backlog and put sexual assault offenders in jail.
Elected Secretary of State in 2018, Hobbs worked to modernize the office while navigating the pandemic.
Governor Hobbs is committed to investing in public schools to give every child in Arizona a world class education, addressing the water crisis, and lowering costs on everything from housing to groceries to school supplies.
Katie lives in Phoenix with her husband, two kids, and their dog, Harley.