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Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s other winners to be inaugurated Jan. 5

Dec 1, 2022, 12:00 PM
Katie Hobbs speaks to supporters at a campaign rally on Nov. 6, 2022, in Tucson. (Photo by John Moo...
Katie Hobbs speaks to supporters at a campaign rally on Nov. 6, 2022, in Tucson. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs and Arizona’s other election winners will be inaugurated in a Jan. 5 ceremony.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be a leader for all Arizonans, and I’m eager to get to work delivering solutions come January,” Hobbs, who will be Arizona’s first Democratic governor since Janet Napolitano left office in 2009, said in a press release Wednesday.

Hobbs is set to be inaugurated along with fellow Democrats Adrian Fontes (secretary of state) and Kris Mayes (attorney general) and Republicans Kimberly Yee (treasurer) and Tom Horne (superintendent of public instruction.)

While Mayes and Horne both finished ahead in their races, the margins were small enough to trigger automatic full recounts under state law.

Mayes’ race was especially tight. She squeezed past Republican Abe Hamadeh by a mere 510 votes out of more than 2.5 million ballots cast.

The outcome won’t be official until after the recount, which is expected to be completed in late December. The recount process will start after the results are certified at the statewide canvass, which is scheduled for Monday.

After previously putting together a bipartisan Transition Team and naming Allie Bones as her chief of staff, Hobbs on Wednesday announced the members of her Inaugural Committee.

“Our Inaugural Committee team reflects my administration’s commitment to ensuring that the inauguration is representative of the diversity and strength of Arizona,” Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state for the last four years, said on social media.

“The Inaugural Committee, together with the Transition Team, will work to make our transition to the governorship smooth so we can hit the ground running to find solutions to the state’s challenges.”

Here are the members of Hobbs’ Inaugural Committee:

  • Moe Asnani
  • Reginald Ballantyne III
  • Mario E. Diaz and Veronica De La O
  • Toni Denis and Andy Denis
  • Fred and Jennifer DuVal
  • Neil Giuliano
  • John and Kathleen Graham
  • Balbir Grewal
  • Pam Grissom
  • Daryl Kling and Lewis Guthrie
  • Nestor and Susan Guzman
  • Sharon and Oliver Harper
  • Kim Khoury
  • Gizette Knight
  • Simon and Elizabeth Kottoor
  • Donalyn Milkes
  • Francis and Dionne Najafi
  • Ron Ober and Gail Gordon
  • William Perry
  • Victor Smith
  • Benee Hilton-Spiegel and Dr. Jay Spiegel
  • David Tedesco

Here are the members of Hobbs’ Transition Team:

  • Mike Haener (co-chair)
  • Monica Villalobos (co-chair)
  • David Adame
  • Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren
  • Ron Butler
  • Chris Camacho
  • Chad Campbell
  • Coral Evans
  • Marlene Galan-Woods
  • Steve Gallardo
  • Marisol Garcia
  • John Giles
  • John Graham
  • Sharon Harper
  • Martin Harvier
  • Berdetta Hodge
  • Andy Kunasek
  • Jen Longdon
  • Garrick McFadden
  • Jim McLaughlin
  • Peggy Neely
  • Jackie Norton
  • Tonya Norwood-Pearson
  • Danny Ortega
  • Lynne Pancrazi
  • Stephanie Parra
  • Frank Piccioli
  • Regina Romero
  • Fabian Sandez
  • Alfred Urbina
  • Mary Rose Wilcox
  • Bob Worsley

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Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s other winners to be inaugurated Jan. 5