Arizona Corporation Commission
|Arizona Corporation Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$23,872,100|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Arizona Constitution, Article 15, Section 1|
|Leadership:||Susan Bitter Smith (R)|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Arizona Executive Offices|
|Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Auditor • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Lands Commissioner • Labor Director • Corporation Commission• State Mine Inspector|
The commission's authority stems from the Arizona Constitution.
|B. A corporation commission is hereby created to be composed of five persons who shall be elected at the general election, and whose term of office shall be four years, and who shall maintain their chief office at the state capital.|
Commissioners must only satisfy the standard requirements for all Arizona state officers, who must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States and able to speak English.
Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 38, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 211
| A. Every officer shall be not less than eighteen years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of this state.
B. No person is eligible to any office, employment or service in any public institution in the state, or in any of the several counties thereof, of any kind or character, whether by election, appointment or contract, unless he is a citizen of the United States, but the provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the employment of any teacher, instructor or professor authorized to teach in the United States under the teacher exchange program as provided by federal statutes or the employment of university or college faculty members.
C. A person who is unable to speak, write and read the English language is not eligible to hold a state, county, city, town or precinct office in the state, whether elective or appointive, and no certificate of election or commission shall issue to a person so disqualified.
D. Except as provided in subsection E, a person is not eligible for employment by or service for the state or a political subdivision of the state, including all boards and commissions of the state or political subdivision, all multimember governing bodies of departments, agencies, institutions and instrumentalities of the state or political subdivisions unless the person has registered with the selective service system if required by the federal military selective service act (62 Stat. 604; 50 United States Code App. section 453).
The Arizona Constitution requires that commissioners be elected in statewide contests to four-year terms. Three commissioners are elected during federal presidential election years (2012, 2016, 2020). The two remaining commissioners are elected during gubernatorial elections (2010, 2014, 2018). Commissioners' terms begin on the first Monday in January after the year they are elected (e.g. January 2, 2017, and January 4, 2021.)
|B. A corporation commission is hereby created to be composed of five persons who shall be elected at the general election, and whose term of office shall be four years, and who shall maintain their chief office at the state capital. The two additional commission members shall be elected at the 2002 general election for initial two-year terms beginning on the first Monday in January, 2003. Thereafter, all terms shall be four-year terms.|
|Arizona Corporation Commission, 2014|
|Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.|
Incumbents Paul Newman (D), Sandra Kennedy (D) and Bob Stump (R) all ran for re-election. Stump won re-election, and Republican candidates Robert Burns and Susan Bitter Smith edged out Newman and Kennedy for their seats in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona Corporation Commission General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Paul Newman Incumbent||15.5%||868,726|
|Democratic||Sandra Kennedy Incumbent||15.4%||862,876|
|Republican||Bob Stump Incumbent||17.5%||979,034|
|Republican||Susan Bitter Smith||16.7%||935,575|
|Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.|
A corporation commissioner may not hold office for more than two consecutive terms.
Arizona law does not prescribe any particular procedures for dealing with a vacancy in the office.
The corporation commission adopt rules and regulations covering the state's public utility companies. Additionally, the commission is responsible for incorporation businesses and organizations, regulating securities and ensuring the safety of railroads and pipelines.
The Corporation Commission is composed of the following divisions:
- Safety (Pipeline & Road)
- AZ Power Plant
- See also: Arizona state budget and finances
The budget for the Arizona Corporation Commission in Fiscal Year 2012 was $23,872,100.
The salaries of the commissioners and other elected executives in Arizona is determined by the Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers. This five-member committee is sanctioned by Article 5, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution. Two members are appointed by the governor and one member each is appointed by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House and the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Commission members meet prior to June 1 of each even-numbered year to produce salary recommendations for the governor. The governor may accept, reject or modify recommendations prior to delivery to state legislators. The legislature has 90 days following the governor's transmission of the recommendations to reject or modify salary proposals. If no changes are made, the commission's recommendations take effect following the next election for applicable offices.
Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for chronological lists of historical officeholders. That information for the Arizona Corporation Commission has not yet been added because the information was unavailable on the relevant state official websites, or we are currently in the process of formatting the list for this office. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Arizona + Corporation + Commission
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
1200 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-3931 (Executive Director's office)
- Arizona Corporation Commission, "Background and Organization," accessed June 14, 2011
- Arizona Corporation Commission, "Home," accessed January 5, 2015
- Arizona Corporation Commission, "Background and Organization," accessed August 8, 2011
- Arizona State Legislature, "FY 2012 Appropriations Report," accessed May 27, 2013
- North Dakota Legislative Council, "Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers-Legislative Pay Recommendations," July 2000
- East Valley Tribune, "Commission rejects pay hikes for Arizona governor, other state officials," August 5, 2012
- Arizona Capitol Times, "Commission recommends $11,000 pay increase for state lawmakers," June 25, 2014
- Arizona State Legislature, "State of Arizona Elected Officials' Salaries," accessed November 24, 2014
- Arizona State Legislature, "State of Arizona Elected Officials' Salaries," accessed August 16, 2013
- Arizona Daily Star, "Arizona pensions for elected officials may be cut," accessed August 16, 2013