Katie Hobbs was an expert in her field, but there are still some things about her you might not know. Here are 6 of the most surprising facts about Katie Hobbs that you probably didn’t know but definitely should!
1) Katie Hobbs was born in Phoenix, AZ
The birth of Katie Hobbs in Phoenix, Arizona, took place on December 28, 1969. She is an American politician who won the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election, narrowly defeating Republican nominee Kari Lake. Katie grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Arizona State University before getting her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She would then go on to serve as a Governor’s Assistant for Barack Obama’s successful 2012 presidential campaign, where she would meet her husband.
2) Katie Hobbs’ father was a Baptist minister
Growing up, Katie’s father was a Baptist minister who preached about the dangers of alcohol and smoking. Even at her age, she could see the effects these substances were having on her parents and their friends. She remembers going to parties with her parents when she was in high school and how it would take them hours to sober up. In fact, they would sometimes be so drunk they couldn’t find their way home!
Katie’s father encouraged his daughter to stay away from alcohol and drugs, but as a teenager, she disobeyed him by sneaking out with friends to go drink or smoke pot. This went on for years until one day she woke up feeling terrible after a night out drinking heavily at a party with friends.
3) Katie Hobbs attended Arizona State University
Katie Hobbs began attending Arizona State University where she graduated with a degree in political science in 1992. For three years after graduating from college, Katie taught English to Chinese and Russian students at New York University’s China Study Centre. She would then move back to Arizona and get an M.A from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy before starting work for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign which would earn her international recognition when it made history by electing Barack Obama president after 8 years of Republican rule under George W Bush and John McCain.
4) Katie Hobbs is a certified public accountant
Katie Hobbs is a certified public accountant that specializes in tax planning and preparation services. She is also the founder of TaxExpertise, a blog dedicated to informing readers about the topics in taxation, tax planning and accounting. When she isn’t posting informative articles on her blog, she can be found tweeting about her latest findings or sharing new research on social media.
In order to become a CPA you will have to complete 150 hours of coursework and pass both the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (4 parts; Audit & Attestation (AUD), Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR), Regulation (REG), & Taxation) as well as your state’s licensing exam.
5) Hobbs is set to become Arizona’s fifth female governor.
Katie Hobbs is set to become Arizona’s fifth female governor. She is the first woman to be elected as secretary of state, and she has been endorsed by a number of high-profile Republicans including John McCain. The former teacher, who also served in the administration of Republican Governor Fife Symington, was appointed to her current job in 1998. She was re-elected three times before running for governor with the slogan You’ve Earned a Voice.
Although Arizona is widely seen as a red state, in 2016 it elected its first female senator, Republican Martha McSally. In fact, since 2009 there has been a woman holding statewide office in Arizona; a number of GOP women have occupied attorney general or insurance commissioner posts. And voters elected three females to Congress in 2018. So while Hobbs’ election would make her history-making, she’s not unique for being female in a field of mainly men.
6) Katie Hobbs is married and has two sons
Patrick Goodman is her husband and they have two sons. He is a business consultant and owns his own company, The Goodman Group. She was also Secretary of State for the United States from 2006 to 2009, making her the first woman to hold this position as well as the youngest person to hold it.
She was also a candidate for President in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama who became president that year.
Katie had great success while serving as Secretary of State, earning praise from some people and criticism from others. She resigned after Obama’s inauguration because she wanted to spend more time with her family.