Katie Hobbs

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Non-incumbent

Background

Secretary Hobbs has a Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. She has been a professional social worker since 1992, working in the areas of domestic violence, behavioral health, and homelessness. As a member of the Ariziona House of Representatives and Senate from 2011 to 2019, Hobbs was Senate Minority Leader while serving as a variety of committees including Government, Health and Human Services, and Transportation. Hobbs earned the League of Cities and Towns Legislative Champion in both 2017 and 2018. In 2019, she assumed office for the Secretary of State where she Hobbs has also previously worked as the Director of Government Relations for the Sojourner Center and as a member of the adjunct faculty of Paradise Valley Community College’s social and behavioral sciences. She is a former volunteer for the Arizona Democratic Party and Chair of District 15 Democrats. Katie Hobbs currently lives in Phoenix with her husband and two kids.

Key Issues

Education

Hobbs wants to increase funding to schools and change structures by implementing smaller class sizes, quality teachers, and improving school infrastructure.

Economy

Hobbs wants sponsored legislation to give preference to in-state companies and petition against corporate tax cuts and special interest giveaways[1]

Reproductive Rights

Hobbs aims to increase access to women’s reproductive health care and is pro-choice. Continuing her work as a legislator, Hobbs wants to increase access to birth control, ensure rape kits are tested quickly, and tax-exempt femine hygiene products[1].

Diversity

Hobbs wants to recruit and hire more women and underrepresented communities for roles in the state government. She plans to increase funding for the Office of Equal Opportunity. She supports expanding access to capital for minority and women owned businesses through fixed loan rates and lines of credit through local banks[1].

Voting Restriction Laws

Hobbs intends to increase accessibility and protection to the right to vote and voting processes. She wants to protect voting centers, early voting centers, and secure ballot dropboxes. She would also like to expand voting access to tribal communities across the state[1]. While Secretary of State during the 2020 election, Hobbs received national coverage for her handling of the election where she continued to ensure all the votes were counted[4].

Border Policy

Hobbs intends to make border policy reforms. During her years as a social worker, Hobbs dealt directly with immigrant families in shelters. She does not classify the border situation as a crisis and is looking to the federal government for more reform. Hobbs sees her experience as an ability to have a new perspective on immigration, more focused on the individual immigrants[4].

Endorsements

Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council, Arizona Education Association, Arizona List, Arizona State AFL-CIO, Emerge America, Giffords, Human Rights Campaign, Let America Vote, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Stonewall Democrats of Arizona, and United Auto Workers.

Sources

1 https://www.katiehobbs.org/ 

2 https://azsos.gov/about-office/secretaries-since-statehood/katie-hobbs 

3 https://ballotpedia.org/Katie_Hobbs_recall,_Arizona_Secretary_of_State_(2021) 

4 https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2021/06/02/hobbs-begins-campaign-for-governor/