In Arizona, voters head to the polls every two years to cast their ballots in important elections for the state. Led by Gov. Doug Ducey, the state’s executive government includes several department leaders and commissioners.
But how well do you know your elected officials? Could you name the major ones? Today, we’re helping you better know your prominent state’s leaders, including an overview of who has supported their campaign accounts.
Doug Ducey is a businessman currently serving as Governor of Arizona. Prior to being elected governor in 2014, Ducey served as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery and as state treasurer. Ducey will be term-limited and unable to seek reelection in 2022, but he was most recently reelected over Democrat David Garcia in 2018, winning 56 percent of the vote.
According to our data, since 2017, Ducey has raised $16,798,044 for his campaign, with the largest share of his funding coming from Robert R. Parsons, founder of GoDaddy. Larry Van Tuyl, Richard Stephenson, and Stacie Stephenson, also each contributed over $500,000 to Ducey’s campaign.
One of the few Democrats serving in Arizona’s Republican-dominated state executive government, Katie Hobbs is currently serving as Arizona’s Secretary of State. Before winning the position in 2018 with just over 50 percent of the vote, Hobbs served in both chambers of the State Legislature.
According to our data, since 2017, Hobbs has raised $1,470,232 for her campaign. The largest share of her funds — $126,058 — came in the form of Aggregated Unitemized Contributions, meaning the total of contributions that were individually below a certain threshold for reporting were greater than the amount received from any single donor.
Mark Brnovich is presently serving in his second term as Attorney General after first winning the job in 2014. A political newcomer in 2014, Brnovich had never held elected office and resigned from his position as director of the Arizona Department of Gambling to seek the office. Brnovich was reelected in 2018 with just under 52 percent of the vote.
According to our data, since 2017, Brnovich has reported $967,331 in contributions for his campaign, with his top contributor being Arizona Cardinals owner Michael J. Bidwill. Bidwill contributed $8,100 to Brnovich’s campaign.
Kimberly Yee is presently in her first term as State Treasurer after winning the job in 2018 with just over 54 percent of the vote. Before winning her position, Yee served in both chambers of the State Legislature and holds the distinction of being the first Asian-American elected to the Arizona State Legislature. Before entering politics, Yee served as communications director for the Office of the State Treasurer.
According to our data, since 2017, Yee has raised $812,194 for her campaign. Her top contributor is her husband, Nelson Mar, who contributed $400,000 to her campaign. Yee also contributed $128,064 to her own campaign.
Kathy Hoffman is currently serving in her first term as Superintendent of Public Instruction after winning the job in a close 2018 campaign against former Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Riggs with just under 52 percent of the vote. Hoffman had never held elected office before winning the position.
According to our data, since 2017, Hoffman has raised $320,652 for her campaign, with $271,948 coming from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, which provides funding to some candidates who agree to forgo special interest contributions.
Joe Hart is currently serving his fourth term as State Mine Inspector. First elected to the position in 2006, Hart previously served as a member of the Arizona State House. Outside of his political work, Hart is the owner of several broadcast radio stations. In his most recent campaign for reelection, Hart defeated Democrat William Pierce with just under 52 percent of the vote.
According to our data, since 2017, Hart has raised $25,160 for his campaign. Maury Tanner has been Hart’s top contributor, kicking in $4,500 to Hart’s campaign.
The Arizona Corporation Commission is the agency that oversees public utilities as well as railroads and pipelines for the state of Arizona.
Sandra Kennedy returned to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2018, after losing her seat on the Commission in 2014. Prior to serving on the Commission, Kennedy served in both chambers of the State Legislature. According to our data, since 2017, Kennedy has raised $286,643 for her campaign, with the largest share of her funding coming from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission in the amount of $271,948.
Jim O’Connor is currently serving as a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission after winning his seat in 2020. O’Connor has reported raising $341,784 for his campaign, with $282,803 of his funds coming from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
A former member of the Arizona House of Representative, Olson is in his first term as a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Since 2017, Olson has reported $87,641 in contributions, with a handful of individual contributors leading the way, each contributing $5,100.
Lea Marquez Peterson is currently serving her first full term as a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission after first being appointed to a vacant seat by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2019. Peterson was elected in 2020. According to our data, Peterson has raised $331,986, with her largest share of funding coming from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission in the amount of $290,040.
Formerly a member of both chambers of the State Legislature, Tovar was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2020. According to our data, Tovar has raised $316,361 with her largest share of funding coming from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission in the amount of $290,040.
All available campaign finance data through the end of 2020 is included in the Transparency USA database. For more about the state-level officeholders and candidates in Arizona, please visit this link. Search for any candidate, PAC, or donor in Arizona here.