Speaker Profile

State Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs


Katie was elected to the AZ House of Representatives in 2010 and the Senate in 2012, where she is currently the minority leader. She has been the executive director of Emerge Arizona since 2013 and is also adjunct faculty in social work at Arizona State University and in the Maricopa Community College District. As a social worker in Phoenix since graduating with her BSW from Northern Arizona University in 1992, Katie has worked in the areas of homelessness, behavioral health, and sexual and domestic violence. She also has her MSW from Arizona State University. Katie’s passion for social justice and the poor and vulnerable in our community led her to seek public office, and in the legislature, she continues to be a voice for them.