|Running for Governor of Arizona|
|Date of primary||August 26, 2014|
|Arizona Secretary of State|
|2009 - present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||6|
|Predecessor||Jan Brewer (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Appointed||January 9, 2009|
|Appointed by||Gov. Jan Brewer|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|Arizona State Senate|
|High school||Prescott High School (1977)|
|Bachelor's||Arizona State University (1984)|
|Date of birth||August 1, 1959|
|Place of birth||Tucson, Arizona|
|Religion||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Media
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Bennett began his political career in 1985 as a member of the Prescott City Council. He was later named mayor pro-tempore, then on to the Arizona State Charter Schools Board, eventually advancing to the position of state legislator. In 2002, Bennett was the Republican Floor Leader for the Arizona State Senate. He served as Senate president for his final years (2003-2007) before reaching the office's four-term term limit.
Bennett is a lifelong Arizona resident, with the exception of serving a couple years as a missionary in Southern Japan before University. His over 25 year career of mingled public service and private business includes working as a CEO of Bennett Oil Company, a family fuel-distribution business (of which he is still member of its board of directors)
In 2007, Bennett received the Polly Rosenbaum Award from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records for his "support of the State Library's mission to preserve Arizona's history and to provide access to information on the state."
Ineligible to seek another consecutive term as secretary of state, Bennett announced September 18, 2013 that he ran for election as Governor of Arizona in 2014. He has yet to file his candidate paperwork due to the state law requiring officials to step down from their current posts if they wish to embark on a campaign for a different office before the last year of their term. Bennett's declared entry into the race to replace term-limited Republican incumbent Jan Brewer occurred in the aftermath of the state legislature's revisions to the "resign-to-run" law, making it possible for the first time since 1980 for officeholders like Bennett to be straightforward about their upcoming bids, legally, without having to leave office. Prior to the 2013 approval of these revisions under House Bill 2157, any such acknowledgement of future candidacy, short of formal filing, warranted an officeholder to resign. Bennett is expected to file next year when the rule no longer applies, and he said he plans to serve out the remainder of his term as secretary of state.
Bennett was born in Tucson, grew up in Prescott, and attended Arizona State University in Tempe, where he earned his degree in accounting in 1984. Prior to entering politics, Bennett was CEO of Bennett Oil Company from 1984-2006, and served on the Prescott Economic Development Comm. Board of Directors, in addition to several other roles demonstrating his activeness within the community, including:
- Coach, Prescott Little League and AYSO Soccer (1989-1995)
- Director, Prescott Chamber of Commerce (1991-1993)
- Scout Master, Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America (1993-1998)
- Former Director, Education Leaders Council (1995-present)
- Board Member, Western Regional Medical Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (present)
Bennett receives $24,000 annually for his work on the board of Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The time he spends working with them varies each month.
- Prescott High School (1977)
- Attended Yavapai College (1981 President’s Scholarship)
- B.S., Arizona State University (1984) in accounting
Arizona Secretary of State (2009-present)
- See also: Ballotpedia Q&A with Bennett
Previous officeholder and fellow Republican Jan Brewer appointed Bennett as her successor in January, 2009 upon her election to the Governor's office. He was elected to a full term in 2010. As Secretary of State for Arizona, Bennett will take over the position of governor if it becomes vacant. This has happened five times, the most recently with Janet Napolitano, the current governor and former Secretary of State.
In early 2012, Bennett coordinated with Attorney General of Arizona Tom Horne and Representative Eddie Farnsworth on a bill promoting transparency in the financing of campaigns. The legislation, House Bill 2385, addressed inadequate campaign finance regulations as well as a group called “Citizens United” organizations. The bill sought to "ensure the integrity of Arizona's electoral process by expanding corporate disclosure requirements."
Bennett also changed a law that required state agencies to file a paper notice of where a public meeting notice will be posted. "Agencies will establish a notice area on their Web site creating transparency in government."
Updating office operations
Bennett upgraded the office's paper filing systems with an electronic system for improved efficiency and accuracy in processing records and election data. He also updated the Secretary of State website to meet to state layout standards. The new site archives all office and election information, and is more user-friendly, making information more accessible and transparent to Arizona constituents.
- See also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 2014
Bennett is barred by term limits from running for re-election as secretary of state in 2014. In 2011, he began exploring a possible 2014 run for Governor of Arizona, and redirected his 2010 campaign website to Bennett2014.com, though which his campaign committee got an early start organizing events, volunteers, and fundraising for the election in 2014. Bennett tweeted "Before you hear it from somewhere else, I formed an exploratory committee for Governor in 2014. Looking forward to everyone's feedback!"
- 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
- Ken Bennett ran unopposed in this contest
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election |
|Republican Party||Ken Bennett||58.2%|
|Democratic Party||Chris Deschene||41.8%|
Comprehensive donor information for Bennett is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Bennett raised a total of $898,123 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2014.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Ken Bennett's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Ken Bennett's Campaign Contributions|
Arizona Secretary of State
Arizona State Senate
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Arizona State Senate
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$187,710 (Dem.)||$42,051 (Dem.)||$42,870 (Dem.)||$36,511 (Dem.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Public Fund||$458,008||Salt River Project||$1,000||Committee to Elect Ken Bennett||$26,286||Arizona Association of Realtors||$1,052|
|Billy E Shield||$140||Arizona Dental Association||$500||Arizona Association of Realtors||$600||Land Title Association of Arizona Political Action||$350|
|Marie F Isaacson||$140||Debra Bisgrove||$280||Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona||$550||Howard T. Grace||$256|
|Craig Stevens||$140||Brian Luscher||$280||Western Growers Association||$500||Ann Grace||$256|
|Gladysann Wells||$140||Dennis Pobiak||$280||Phoenix Firefighters Local 493||$500||Michael M. Racy||$256|
Ken Bennett currently resides in Prescott, Arizona with his wife, Jeanne, and their three children - Ryan, Dana, and Clif. He is a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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1700 West Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888
Phone: (602) 542-4285
Toll Phone: (602) 255-8683
Fax: (602) 542-1575
Arizona State Complex Building
400 West Congress, 2nd Floor, Room 252
Tucson, AZ 85701
- Official Arizona Secretary of State website
- Bennett for Governor 2014 Exploratory Committee
- Ken Bennett for Secretary of State 2010 Campaign website
- Ken Bennett's Facebook profile
- Ken Bennett's Twitter account
- Project Vote Smart - Ken Bennett biography
- Ken Bennett's Linked In Profile
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- AZ Central "Brewer picks Ken Bennett for sec. of state" 9 Jan. 2009
- East Valley Tribune "State races: It's a Republican sweep" 2 Nov. 2010
- Ken Bennett for SoS, "Timeline", accessed February 14, 2012
- Eastern Arizona Courier, "Bennett announces candidacy," September 17, 2013
- Arizona Republic, "All eyes on 2014 race for governor," November 11, 2012
- Arizona Capitol Times, "Changes in Arizona's resign-to-run law unmuzzles candidates," September 19, 2013
- Office of the Arizona Secretary of State, " Biography of Ken Bennett," accessed July 19, 2013
- Linked In, Ken Bennett, accessed July 31, 2013
- TPM, Arizona Secretary Of State On Payroll Of FreedomWorks Bankroller, May 7, 2013
- AZ Central, Republican Ken Bennett defeats Chris Deschene, Nov 3, 2013
- Office of the Secretary of State, "Press Release", January 18, 2012
- Ken Bennett for Arizona SoS, "Accomplishments", accessed February 14, 2012
- Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Arizona Elected Officials," February 2, 2012
- Bennett for Governor, Exploratory Committee, accessed July 31, 2013
- AZ Central, Secretary of State Ken Bennett eyes 2014 gubernatorial race, May 6, 2011
- Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Ken Bennett," accessed June 4, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
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