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Doug Ducey through the years: A timeline of notable moments from Arizona’s 23rd governor

Dec 14, 2022, 4:25 AM
Arizona Republican Gov.-elect Doug Ducey, left, smiles as he gives his acceptance speech as his sons Joe Ducey, right, Sam Ducey, second from right, and Jack Ducey, fourth from right, surround their mother Angela Ducey at the Republican election night festivities Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona candidate for governor Republican Doug Ducey smiles on the studio set prior to a televised debate Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gives his state-of-the-state address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)               State treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey speaks to supporters as he claims victory on winning the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.  Ducey defeated the other Republican candidates and will face Democrat Fred DuVal, who was unopposed in the primary, in November. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs into law the Home Sharing Bill, Senate Bill 1350, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at a bed and breakfast in Phoenix. The bill ensures that Arizonans can use services like Airbnb and HomeAway without over regulation by government or state regulators. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks with Jean Wilson, a 71-year-old evacuee from the community of Pine Flats at the fire's evacuation center on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Crews made considerable progress Thursday fighting an Arizona forest fire that shut down youth summer camps, forced thousands from their homes and came dangerously close to consuming a town. (AP Photo/Angie Wang) (AP Photo/Chase Stevens, File) Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey gives his State of the State Address, opening the Arizona state legislature Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks to the media about school choice and the voucher system after touring the Arizona School for the Arts Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey listens to a briefing on a northern Arizona wildfire at a command center set up at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Dewey, Ariz.(AP Photo/Angie Wang) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during an interview with Mac and Gaydos on KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 10, 2018. (Matt Layman/KTAR News) (AP Photo/Bob Christie) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, speaks at a campaign rally Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, arrives to cast his ballot early Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Ducey is seeking re-election against Democratic challenger David Garcia. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a news conference in Phoenix, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks, during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at the Capitol in Phoenix, after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, rear, announced his decision to replace U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. with McSally in the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Sen. John McCain. McSally will take over after Kyl's resignation becomes effective Dec. 31. (AP Photo/Matt York) (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Twitter Photo/@dougducey) (Twitter Photo/Doug Ducey) Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, right, hugs Cindy McCain, left, wife of former Arizona Sen. John McCain, after delivering his State of the State address on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Twitter Photo/@dougducey) Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey exits the House of Representatives floor after delivering his State of the State address on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during his State of the State address as he talks about Arizona's economy, new jobs, education, prison reform, and the state revenue on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, R, hold a press conference to update Arizona's preparedness for COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Phoenix. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool) (Facebook Photo/Governor Doug Ducey) (AP Photo) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic response during a press conference Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Arizona Commerce Authority in Phoenix. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool) Arizona Governor Doug Ducey listens as US President Donald Trump speaks during a Students for Trump event at the Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, June 23, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Vice President Mike Pence, right, walks with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, as the two head to a meeting to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases  July 1, 2020, in Phoenix. As the public face of the administration's coronavirus response. Pence has been trying to convince Americans that the country is winning even as cases spike in large parts of the country. For public health experts, that sense of optimism is detached from reality. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, center, greets President Donald Trump at Yuma International Airport, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wait to greet President Donald Trump at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) President Donald Trump listens as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a campaign rally at Prescott Regional Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Twitter Photo/@DougDucey) (Twitter Photo/@dougducey) Gov. Doug Ducey poses after receiving his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Tucson on March 24, 2021. (Twitter Photo/@uarizona) (Twitter Photo/Gov. Doug Ducey) (Facebook Photo/Gov. Doug Ducey) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in the KTAR News studios, June 8, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Tyler Bassett) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey met with local officials at the border in Douglas, Arizona, on March 19, 2021. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey meets with local officials in Yuma on April 21, 2021. (Twitter Photo/@dougducey) 
              FILE - In this April 15, 2021, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix. Ducey on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, upped the pressure on the growing number of public school districts defying a state ban on face mask mandates as they try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Ducey created a $163 million school grant program using federal virus relief funds he controls, but schools that have mask mandates or have to close because of COVID-19 outbreaks won't be eligible for the additional $1,800 per student. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
            Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was briefed by Border Patrol agents at the Tucson sector headquarters on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (Twitter Photo/@dougducey) (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, right, shakes hands as he leaves the House of Representatives floor after delivering his state of the state address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Facebook Photo/Gov. Doug Ducey) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is interviewed in the KTAR News studio on July 6, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell) Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at an event touting a new universal school voucher program he signed into law in July and resigned again in a ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022 at Phoenix Christian Preparatory School. The law will be the nation's most expansive voucher program, allowing all students to take public money to attend private schools, if opponents fail to block it by collecting enough signatures to refer it to the ballot. (AP Photo/Bob Christie) FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey answers a question during a news conference in Phoenix.  A new Arizona law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy takes effect Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 as a judge weighs a request to allow a pre-statehood law that outlaws nearly all abortions to be enforced. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File) FILE - Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at an event on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, at Phoenix Christian Preparatory School. A massive $1.9 billion Arizona income tax that mainly benefits the wealthy championed by Ducey and enacted by Republicans who control the state Legislature in 2021 will go into full effect next year after the state met revenue targets for the entire cut to be implemented, Ducey announced Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File) 
              FILE - Then-U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, joins Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, center, as they talk with Grace Jones, a high school sophomore from Tucson, Ariz., after a roundtable discussion on school choice on Dec. 5, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. All Arizona parents now can use state tax money to send their children to private or religious schools or pay homeschooling costs after an effort by public school advocates to block a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher law failed to collect enough signatures to block the law. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
            Arizona Democrat governor-elect and current Arizona Secretary or State Katie Hobbs, left, passes canvass documents to Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, right, during the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass in a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool) Arizona Democrat governor-elect and current Arizona Secretary or State Katie Hobbs, left, shakes hands with Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, right, after the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass in a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool) 
              Katie Hobbs, the Democratic governor-elect and current secretary of state, left, shakes hands with Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, right, after the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass in a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)
            
              President Joe Biden greets Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey after arriving on Air Force One, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, at Luke Air Force Base in Maricopa County, Ariz. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is in the final month of his tenure after serving two terms as the state’s highest-ranking elected politician.

Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs will assume the governorship from Ducey in early January, bringing to an end an administration that focused on the state’s economy, navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, educational priorities, election drama and more.

Here’s a timeline of Ducey’s notable moments over the years:

2015

  • The first bill Ducey signed into law was the American Civics Act. The bill requires Arizona students to pass 60 of the 100 questions on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization civics test to graduate high school. Eighth grade is the first opportunity for students to take it and they can continue to test until they pass. Nineteen other states have enacted similar legislation since.
  • Launched the Arizona Border Strike Force Bureau, which aims to secure the southern border and stop crime.
  • Apple announced it would be expanding in Arizona with a $2 billion command center in Mesa.

2016

  • Stumped for Prop 123, which passed and put $3.5 billion into K-12 education over the next 10 years. The bill was designed to settle a long-running lawsuit over K-12 school funding. Schools sued over the Legislature’s failure to follow a voter-approved law and increase school funding each year to adjust for inflation. The settlement cash came from about $1.3 billion in general fund money and $2.2 billion from a state land trust.
  • Committed to getting thousands of backlogged rape kits tested by creating the Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force.
  • Electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors announced it would build a plant in Casa Grande to pump out thousands of vehicles per year.

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

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Doug Ducey through the years: A timeline of notable moments from Arizona’s 23rd governor