Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett


 
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The Bennett Administration 2009-2010

Biography - Ken Bennett (Rep.)

Ken Bennett was appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer to replace her as secretary of state, and took the oath of office on Jan. 26, 2009.

The statewide office is the newest chapter in a record of public service that spans 25 years. It's also the latest distinction for Bennett – an Arizona native and small-business owner.

Bennett began his legislative career in 1998 when he was elected to represent the residents of Legislative District 1. He served four terms in the state Senate – from 1999 to 2007 – and served as Senate president his final four years before being term-limited from office.

Earlier, in 2007, Bennett received the Polly Rosenbaum Award from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records in recognition of his support for the State Library's mission to preserve Arizona history and ensure access to state information and records. He served as Republican Floor Leader in 2002, and was chairman of the Senate Education Committee in 2001 and 2002.

Prior to joining the Legislature, Bennett was a member of the Arizona State Board of Education for seven years. He was president of the board in 1996 and 1998. Bennett also served on the Arizona Charter Schools Board for three years, and was a founding member of the Education Leaders Council in Washington, D.C.

Bennett's career in public service began in 1985 with his election to the Prescott City Council. He completed a four-year term, and was named mayor pro-tempore in 1988.

After leaving the Legislature, Bennett re-entered the private sector to work with companies in the development of alternative energy sources and energy-efficient building technologies. Currently, he is chairman of the board of directors for Prescott-based Global Building Systems, Inc., and Energy Tech America. He also is a member of the board of directors for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Western Regional Medical Center, in Goodyear). Bennett was CEO of Bennett Oil Company, a family fuel-distribution business, from 1985 to 2006. He continues on its board of directors.

A fan of sports and music, Bennett also is active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. From 1978 to 1980, he was an LDS missionary in southern Japan. Bennett is an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with an accounting degree.

Bennett was born in Tucson in 1959, now resides in Gilbert with his wife, Jeanne Tenney Bennett. They have three grown children – Ryan, Dana and Clif – and one grandson.

Contact Information

The Secretary of State's Office is located in the Executive Tower at the State Capitol.

The mailing address is:
The Honorable Ken Bennett
Secretary of State
1700 W. Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Telephone (602) 542-4285
Fax (602) 542-1575

Walk-in service for Business-related filings:

Phoenix:
Customer Service Capitol Executive Tower, 1st Floor
1700 W. Washington Street, Ste. 103
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tucson:
Secretary of State Tucson Satellite Office:
Arizona State Complex Building
400 W. Congress, 2nd Floor, Room 252
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Director's Office/Accouting/Tech Services
1700 W. Washington Street, Ste. 200
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-4035
Fax: (602) 256-7983

Braille and Talking Book Library Division
1030 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 255-5578
Fax: (602) 286-0444
Toll Free1-800-255-5578 (Arizona only)

History and Archives Division
1901 W. Madison
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Phone: (602) 926-3720
Fax: (602) 256-7982
Toll Free1-800-228-4710

Law and Research Library Division - General Information
1700 W. Washington Street, Ste. 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3870
Fax: (602) 256-7984
Toll Free1-800-228-4710

Law and Research Library Division - Legal Information
1700 W. Washington Ste. 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3948
Fax: (602) 256-7984
Toll Free1-800-228-4710 (Arizona only)

Library Development Division
1101 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3604
Fax: (602) 256-7995

Library Development Division - The Carnegie Center
1101 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3604
Fax: (602) 256-7995
Toll Free1-800-255-5841

Museum Division
1700 W. Washington Street, 1st Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3620
Fax: (602) 256-7985

Records Management Division
1919 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Phone: (602) 926-3815
Fax: (602) 256-2838

Key Staff & Office Divisions

Administration

Jim Drake
Jim Drake
Assistant Secretary of State

Matt Benson
Matthew Benson
Director of Communications

Bill Maaske
Bill Maaske
Chief Information Officer

Sandy Reilly
Sandy Reilly
Chief Financial Officer

Administration provides leadership, guidance and support to all other office divisions. The support includes the management of computer information systems, budget and fiscal operations, and human resources.

Election Services

Amy Bjelland
Amy Bjelland
Director

Kris Waite
Kris Waite
Assistant Director

Mary Fontes
Mary Fontes
Office Manager

Election Services staff:

  • Provides information on how to register to vote
  • Helps Arizonans find a polling location
  • Provides contact information and addresses for county recorders or county elections directors
  • Provides information on how to run for public office
  • Provides information on how to get an initiative or referenda on the ballot, including signature requirements
  • Files an initiative or referenda for the ballot
  • Files arguments submitted for or against propositions

Business Services

Joann Cota
Joann Cota
Director

Brant Nyhart
Brant Nyhart
Assistant Director

Yvette Lopez
Yvette Lopez
Tucson Office Manager

Business Services helps customers to register:

  • trade names, trademarks,
  • limited partnerships,
  • limited liability partnerships,
  • limited liability limited partnerships,
  • charities,
  • telephone solicitors,
  • contracted fund-raisers,
  • athlete agents,
  • advance directives, and
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) financing statements.

Business Services also:

  • Commissions Arizona Notaries Public, and
  • Issues apostilles and certificates, and certifies notarizations, rules, and law.

Business Services supports the timely retrieval of filings at the request of the public.

Public Services Services

Scott Cancelosi
Scott Cancelosi
Director

Public Services staff:

  • Publishes the rules of state's agencies, boards and
    commissions
  • Chapters and prints legislative bills
  • Publishes documents and statutorily mandated publications
  • Processes the mail for all Secretary of State divisions
  • Helps to prepare and publishes documents for all Secretary of State office divisions
  • Supports all divisions with special projects
  • Supports the chief information officer with the maintenance of the Web site, including the posting of publications, chaptered bills, press releases, graphics and photos.
  • Prepares and publishes the Arizona Blue Book

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Director's Office

GladysAnn Wells
GladysAnn Wells
Director

Joan Clark
Joan Clark
Deputy Director

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ History and Archives

Melanie Sturgeon
Melanie Sturgeon
Director

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Braille and Talking Book Library

Linda Montgomery
Linda Montgomery
Director

Ron Bryant
Ron Bryant
Assistant Director

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Law and Research Library

Janet Fisher
Janet Fisher
Director

Susan Blixt
Susan Blixt
Administrative Librarian

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ The Carnegie Center/Library Development

Holly Henley
Holly Henley
Interim Director

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Records Management

Lisa Maxwell
Lisa Maxwell
Director

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Museum

David Hoober
David Hoober
Director

 

December 2010