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Executive Branch
Statewide Elected Officials

The Corporation Commission

History

Duties

The Corporation Commission

The Arizona Corporation Commission was established in the Arizona Constitution. Only seven states have constitutionally formed Commissions. Arizona is one of only 13 states with elected Commissioners. In the 37 other states, Commissioners are appointed by either the governor or the legislature.

In most states, the Commission is known as the Public Service Commission or the Public Utility Commission. However, in Arizona the Commission oversees the process of incorporating or registering a company to do business in the state, registers and oversees securities offerings and dealers and enforces railroad and pipeline safety.

By virtue of the Arizona Constitution, the Commissioners function in an executive capacity; they adopt rules and regulations thereby functioning in a legislative capacity; and they also act in judicial capacity sitting as a tribunal and making decisions in contested matters.

The Commission is required by the Arizona Constitution to maintain its chief office in Phoenix and it is required by law to conduct monthly meetings.

Corporation Commissioners

Commissioners are elected by the people of Arizona for a four-year term, with two or three members standing for election in the statewide general election. In the case of a vacancy, the Governor appoints a Commissioner to serve until the next general election. In the 2000 General Election, the Arizona Corporation Commission was the subject of a ballot proposition seeking to expand the Commission by two seats. Voters approved Proposition 103, which expands the Commission to a total of five members and
changes their terms to four-year terms with the option of serving for two consecutive terms.

Ultimate responsibility for final decisions on granting or denying rate adjustments, enforcing safety and public service requirements, and approving securities matters rests with the Commissioners.

The administrative head of the Commission is the Executive Director who serves at the pleasure of the Commissioners. He is responsible to the Commissioners for the day to day operations of all Divisions.

The Commission staff is organized into Divisions. All Divisions are headed by a Division Director who reports to the Executive Director.

Commissioners Since Statehood (who have served by year)

1912

A.W. Cole - Democrat

W. P. Geary - Democrat

F. A. Jones - Democrat

1913

A.W. Cole - Democrat

W. P. Geary - Democrat

F. A. Jones - Democrat

1914

A.W. Cole - Democrat

W. P. Geary - Democrat

F. A. Jones - Democrat

1915

A.W. Cole - Democrat

W. P. Geary - Democrat

F. A. Jones - Democrat

1916

A.W. Cole - Democrat

F. A. Jones - Democrat

1917

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

A.W. Cole - Democrat

F. A. Jones - Democrat

1918

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

F. A. Jones - Democrat

1919

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

David F. Johnson - Democrat

F. A. Jones - Democrat

1920

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

David F. Johnson - Democrat

1921

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

David F. Johnson - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1922

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

David F. Johnson - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1923

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

David F. Johnson - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1924

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

David F. Johnson - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1925

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

W. D. Claypool - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1926

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

W. D. Claypool - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1927

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

W. D. Claypool - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1928

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

W. D. Claypool - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1929

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

W. D. Claypool - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1930

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

W. D. Claypool - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1931

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

Charles R. Howe - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1932

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

Charles R. Howe - Democrat

Loren Vaughn - Democrat

1933

Amos A. Betts - Democrat

John Cummard - Democrat

Charles R. Howe - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1934

John Cummard - Democrat

Charles R. Howe - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1935

W. M. Cox - Democrat

Charles R. Howe - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1936

W. M. Cox - Democrat

Charles R. Howe - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1937

W. M. Cox - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1938

W. M. Cox - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1939

W. M. Cox - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1940

W. M. Cox - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1941

William Peterson - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1942

William Peterson - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1943

William Peterson - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1944

William Eden - Democrat

William Peterson - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1945

William Eden - Democrat

William Peterson - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1946

William Eden - Democrat

William Peterson - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1947

William T. Brooks - Democrat

William Eden - Democrat

Yale McFate - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1948

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Yale McFate - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1949

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1950

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1951

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1952

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1953

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

Wilson T. Wright - Democrat

1954

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Timothy D. Parkman - Republican

Mit Simms - Democrat

1955

John H. Barry - Democrat

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

1956

John H. Barry - Democrat

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

1957

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1958

William T. Brooks - Democrat

Mit Simms - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1959

A. P. "Jack" Buzard - Democrat

George F. Senner, Jr. - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1960

A. P. "Jack" Buzard - Democrat

George F. Senner, Jr. - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1961

A. P. "Jack" Buzard - Democrat

George F. Senner, Jr. - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1962

A. P. "Jack" Buzard - Democrat

George F. Senner, Jr. - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1963

John P. Clark - Republican

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1964

John P. Clark - Republican

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1965

Dick Herbert - Democrat

Milton J. Husky - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1966

Dick Herbert - Democrat

Milton J. Husky - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1967

Dick Herbert - Democrat

Milton J. Husky - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1968

Dick Herbert - Democrat

Milton J. Husky - Democrat

E. T. "Eddie" Williams, Jr. - Democrat

1969

Charles Garland - Republican

Dick Herbert - Democrat

Milton J. Husky - Democrat

1970

Al Faron - Republican

Charles Garland - Republican

Dick Herbert - Democrat

Milton J. Husky - Democrat

Russell Williams - Republican

1971

Al Faron - Republican

Charles Garland - Republican

Dick Herbert - Democrat

Russell Williams - Republican

1972

Al Faron - Republican

Charles Garland - Republican

Russell Williams - Republican

1973

Al Faron - Republican

Ernest Garfield - Republican

Charles Garland - Republican

Russell Williams - Republican

1974

Al Faron - Republican

Ernest Garfield - Republican

Charles Garland - Republican

Russell Williams - Republican

1975

Al Faron - Republican

Ernest Garfield - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

1976

Al Faron - Republican

Ernest Garfield - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

1977

Ernest Garfield - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

Jim Weeks - Democrat

1978

Ernest Garfield - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

Jim Weeks - Democrat

1979

Stanley Akers - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

Jim Weeks - Democrat

1980

John Ahearn - Democrat

Stanley Akers - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

Jim Weeks - Democrat

1981

John Ahearn - Democrat

Diane McCarthy - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

Jim Weeks - Democrat

1982

Diane McCarthy - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

Jim Weeks - Democrat

1983

Richard Kimball - Democrat

Diane McCarthy - Republican

Bud Tims - Republican

1984

Marianne Jennings - Republican

Junius Hoffman - Democrat

Richard Kimball - Democrat

Diane McCarthy - Republican

1985

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Richard Kimball - Democrat

Sharon Megdal - Democrat

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1986

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Sharon Megdal - Democrat

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1987

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1988

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1989

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1990

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1991

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1992

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1993

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1994

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1995

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Carl J. Kunasek - Republican

Dale Morgan - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1996

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Carl J. Kunasek - Republican

Marcia Weeks - Democrat

1997

Jim Irvin - Republican

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Carl J. Kunasek - Republican

1998

Jim Irvin - Republican

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Carl J. Kunasek - Republican

1999

Jim Irvin - Republican

Renz Jennings - Democrat

Carl J. Kunasek - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Tony West - Republican

2000

Jim Irvin - Republican

Carl J. Kunasek - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

2001

Jim Irvin - Republican

Carl J. Kunasek - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Marc Spitzer - Republican

2002

Jim Irvin - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Marc Spitzer - Republican

2003

Mike Gleason - Republican

Jeff Hatch-Miller - Republican

Jim Irvin - Republican

Kristin Mayes - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Marc Spitzer - Republican

2004

Mike Gleason - Republican

Kristin Mayes - Republican

Jeff Hatch-Miller - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Marc Spitzer - Republican

2005

Mike Gleason - Republican

Kristin Mayes - Republican

Jeff Hatch-Miller - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Marc Spitzer - Republican

2006

Mike Gleason - Republican

Kristin Mayes - Republican

Jeff Hatch-Miller - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Marc Spitzer - Republican

Barry Wong - Republican

2007

Mike Gleason - Republican

Kristin Mayes - Republican

Jeff Hatch-Miller - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Gary Pierce - Republican

2008

Mike Gleason - Republican

Kristin Mayes - Republican

Jeff Hatch-Miller - Republican

William "Bill" Mundell - Republican

Gary Pierce - Republican

2009

Sandra Kennedy - Democrat

Kristin Mayes - Republican

Paul Newman - Democrat

Gary Pierce - Republican

Bob Stump - Republican

2010

Sandra Kennedy - Democrat

Kristin Mayes - Republican

Paul Newman - Democrat

Gary Pierce - Republican

Bob Stump - Republican

2011

Paul Newman - Democrat

Brenda Burns - Republican

Gary Pierce - Republican

Bob Stump - Republican

Sandra D. Kennedy - Democrat

2012

Paul Newman - Democrat

Brenda Burns - Republican

Gary Pierce - Republican

Bob Stump - Republican

Sandra D. Kennedy - Democrat

 

 

 

Source: 2009-2010 Corporation Commission Annual Report; 2010-2011 Corporation Commission Annual Report