Have you ever wondered how many US senators there are, how a bill becomes a law or why we have the Electoral College? Is your knowledge of American government, well, a bit rusty?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, Vote Smart’s Government 101 is designed especially for you. This tutorial is informative, practical and easy and is intended to help refresh your knowledge of American government by providing useful information about our Federal Government, State Government and much much more.
We hope that if you take a little time to read through Government 101, you’ll be able to see past the spin and get the facts next time you vote.
Arizona Members of the Congress of the United States
Senator Jeff Flake - Elected in 2013 - Next Election 2018
These 2 candidates are campaigning against each other to get elected this November to represent the state of AZ in the Senate for a 6 year term:
Senator John McCain - Elected in 1987 Candidate for re-election 2016
Ann Kirkpatrick - Candidate for election 2016
1st District - Ann Kirkpatrick
2nd District - Martha McSally
3rd District - Raul Grijalva
4th District - Paul Gosar
5th District - Matt Salmon
6th District - David Schweikert
7th District - Ruben Gallego
8th District - Trent Franks
9th District - Kyrsten Sinema
1st District - Tom O’Halleran vs Paul Babeu
2nd District - Martha Mcsally vs Matt Heinz
3rd District - No Candidate opposing Raul Grijalva
4th District - Paul Gosar vs Mikel Weisser
5th District - Either Christine Jones or Andy Biggs vs Talia Fuentes
6th District - David Schweikert vs John Williamson
7th District - Ruben Gallego vs Eve Nunez
8th District - No Candidate opposting Trent Franks
9th District - Kyrsten Sinema vs Dave Gile
Members of Arizona State Government
Doug Ducey (R) elected in 2014. His term expires January 2019
The Governor serves as the CEO of the executive branch. The executive department consists of: governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general & superintendent of public instruction.
Duties and privileges of the office:
- ensuring all laws of Arizona are faithfully upheld
- transacting all state business within the executive branch, including ordering reports & information from other executive officers
- granting reprieves, commutation, and pardons, after convictions, for all offenses except treason and cases of impeachment
- approving, or vetoing, all bills passed by the legislature
- appointing someone to fill vacancies in all state offices where a manner for filling a vacancy is not already provided for by law
- issuing, signing, and sealing all commissions granted by the state and delivering them to Secretary of State, who will attest to them
The governor has a line-item veto on money appropriations, but otherwise the veto power and procedure is the same as for the President of the United States. However, he cannot veto emergency measures or bills that were voted for by the people in a referendum.
The governor is the commander of the state's National Guard except when it is placed under federal control.
He may call the legislature into extraordinary session and must appear before the legislature at least once during each session to deliver a "State of the State" address, commenting on Arizona's political and economic situation and laying out his policies for the coming year.
Michele Reagan (R) elected in 2014. Her term expires January 2019.
The Arizona Secretary of State is our chief election officer. Responsibilities include certifying: candidates, ballot measures & election results. Registering lobbyists; training election officials; testing voting devices; publishing state laws & oversees the registration of business partnerships and trademarks in Arizona.
Arizona's Secretary of State also serves as acting governor when the governor is absent or unable to serve. This duty is usually fulfilled by the lieutenant governor in other states, an office which Arizona lacks.
Mark Brnovich (R) elected in 2014. His term expires January 2019
The Attorney General of Arizona is the chief legal officer of the state of Arizona and head of the Arizona Department of Law.
The Attorney General's Office represents and provides legal advice to most State agencies; enforces consumer protection and civil rights laws; and prosecutes criminals charged with complex financial crimes and certain conspiracies involving illegal drugs. In addition, all appeals statewide from felony convictions are handed down by this Office.
The Child and Family Protection Division provides legal services to the Department of Economic Security (DES), including the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) and the Department of Child Safety.
The Attorney General’s Office brings and defends lawsuits on behalf of the State and prepares formal legal opinions requested by State officers, legislators, or county attorneys on issues of law.
The Attorney General’s Office has jurisdiction over Arizona's Consumer Fraud Act, white collar crime, organized crime, public corruption, environmental laws, civil rights laws, and crimes committed in more than one county. Additionally, this Office prosecutes cases normally handled by county attorneys when they have a conflict.
Jeff DeWit (R) elected in 2014. His term expires January 2019
The State Treasurer manages Arizona’s $13.4 billion investment portfolio, protects taxpayer money & directs the state’s banking services.
The State Treasurer serves as Chairman of Arizona’s State Board of Investment, and State Loan Commission. He also serves as the State’s Surveyor General and is a member of the State Land Selection Board and is third in line in succession to the Governor.
The State Treasurer serves as Arizona’s Chief Banker and Investment Officer. While not a bank itself, the Treasurer’s Office must authorize payments and balance accounts. To protect taxpayers’ money, the State Treasurer maintains a separate accounting system to provide a check and balance on the state accounting system, and distributes investment earnings to the proper funds.
Bidding for state banking services contracts is open to all qualified Arizona banks. Bank of America is the current servicing bank for the Office of the Arizona State Treasurer. For state agency locations that are not in the proximity of a state servicing bank branch, the Treasurer’s Office also maintains a working relationship with Bank of the West, JPMorgan Chase, National Bank of Arizona, Wells Fargo, and Zions Bank.
The Office of the Arizona State Treasurer does not manage Pension, Unclaimed Property, Income Tax, Property Tax or Tax Lien issues.
Joe Hart (R) elected in 2010. Re-elected in 2014. His term expires in January 2019
- The mine inspector shall inspect, at least once every three months, every active underground mine in the state employing fifty or more persons, and at least once each year, every other mine. The inspector shall inspect the operation, conditions, safety appliances, machinery, equipment, sanitation and ventilation, the means of ingress and egress, the means taken to protect the lives, health and safety of the miners, the cause of accidents and deaths occurring at the mine and the means taken to comply with provisions of this title.
- The mine inspector may enter and inspect any abandoned or inactive mine to determine whether any dangerous condition exists which may affect the health and safety of the general public.
- The inspector reviews proposed reclamation plans and supports the Mine Safety and Health Education Training Program.
- Tom Forese (R) elected in 2014. His term expires in 2019
- Doug Little (R) elected in 2014. His term expires in 2019
- Tom Chabin (D) First time running for this position
- William Mundell (D) Previously held office 1999-2009
- Boyd Dunn (R) First time running for this position
- Bob Burns (R) Elected in 2014 running for re-election
- Andy Tobin (R) Appointed in 2016 running for re-election