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Democrat Rose Mofford, left, and Republican Jan Brewer were secretaries of state who became governor after predecessors from the other party were impeached or left office. Such midterm party-switching of executives would not happen if voters approve Proposition 131, creating a lieutenant governor’s office.

If approved, Proposition 131 would create an office of lieutenant governor who would run on the same ticket with the governor beginning with the 2026 election, making Arizona one of the last states to create an office of lieutenant governor who would succeed the governor. Read more»

State Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, authored legislation to that would create the office of lieutenant governor in Arizona. He said Arizona’s frequent turnover in the governor’s office makes it important to have a lieutenant governor ready to take over.

A state lawmaker wants to create the office of lieutenant governor to add more continuity if the governor's office becomes vacant. Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, says frequent turnover in the governor's office is behind his legislation seeking the change. Read more»

Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure to create the post of lieutenant governor, which would have replaced the secretary of state position. Read more»

Proposition 111 would change the secretary of state’s title to lieutant governor and have candidates for that office run on a ticket with their parties’ gubernatorial candidates. Supporters say the change would make the line of succession clearer and provide partisan consistency if a governor leaves office.

Four years ago, few Arizonans would have supported a Janet Napolitano/Jan Brewer ticket. But under the state's current succession plan, Brewer, the Republican secretary of state, replaced the departing Democratic governor in 2009. That would change if supporters of Prop. 111 have their way. Read more»

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says having a lieutenant governor ready to assume the governorship would provide more continuity should the governor leave. At present, the secretary of state assumes the governor's office, something that has happened several times in recent memory.

The secretary of state has ascended to the governor’s office four times in recent decades. Twice that’s meant a change of party. The current officeholder, Ken Bennett, proposes renaming the office to lieutenant governor. Read more»