Who is Katie Hobbs?
Kathleen Marie Hobbs is an American politician and social worker serving as the 24th governor of Arizona since 2023. She previously served as the 21st secretary of state of Arizona from 2019 to 2023. A member of the Democratic Party, Hobbs served in the Arizona Senate from 2013 to 2019 and in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.
Born and raised in Arizona, Hobbs holds degrees in social work from Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University. She specialized in domestic violence and worked for one of the nation’s largest domestic violence centres. Inspired to run for office by her involvement with Emerge Arizona, Hobbs was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and to the Arizona Senate in 2012. She served as Senate minority leader from 2015 to 2019 and was elected secretary of state of Arizona in 2018.
Hobbs won the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election, defeating Republican nominee Kari Lake. She became Arizona’s fifth female governor on January 2, 2023.
Meet His Husband, Patrick Goodman
Patrick Goodman is known as the husband of Katie Hobbs. He is a social worker. He is a professor of law at UCLA.
But not much is known about his personal life outside of work other than he is married and has two children with his wife.
Hobbs was elected to the Arizona Senate in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. She represented the 24th legislative district. She originally did not want to run for state senate but did so due to redistricting. Hobbs became minority leader in 2015 and served two terms in that position.
In 2015, during her first term as minority leader, Senate staffer Talonya Adams, a Black woman, complained to Hobbs about her concerns about racial and gender-based discrimination and was later fired in part by Hobbs. In November 2021, Adams won a discrimination lawsuit related to her firing and was awarded a judgment of $2.75 million.
Hobbs resigned her seat in the State Senate on January 7, 2019, after being elected secretary of state. She was succeeded by Alston.
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