Kathy Hoffman

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Kathy Hoffman
Kathy Hoffman by Gage Skidmore.jpg
22nd Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Governor Doug Ducey
Preceded by Diane Douglas
Personal details
Born1985/1986 (age 34–35)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education University of Oregon ( BA)
University of Arizona ( MS)
Website Government website

Kathy Hoffman (born 1985/1986) [1] is an American Democratic politician who serves as the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2019. She took her oath of office with her hand placed on top of the book Too Many Moose, which holds special significance for her and her former students.

Education and career

Hoffman earned a bachelor's degree in Japanese Studies at the University of Oregon in 2009 and a master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Arizona in 2013. She taught pre-school before beginning her career as a speech-language pathologist. Before running for office, Hoffman worked as a speech-language pathologist at Vail Unified School District and Peoria Unified School District. [2]

Hoffman is fluent in both Japanese and Spanish.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

In 2018, Hoffman defeated former California Republican Congressman Frank Riggs in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, [3] after Hoffman defeated former state senator David Schapira in the Democratic primary in a surprise upset. [4] She said she was inspired to run after watching the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary Education. [5] Hoffman participated in Arizona’s Citizen’s Clean Election Commission’s campaign funding program, which provides some campaign funding to participating candidates who forgo special interest and high-dollar contributions, yet out-raised her opponent 2-to-1. [6]

Elections

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Democratic primary election, 2018 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Hoffman 254,566 52.27
Democratic David Schapira 232,419 47.73
Total votes 484,748 100.0
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction election, 2018 [8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Hoffman 1,185,457 51.56
Republican Frank Riggs 1,113,781 48.44
Total votes 2,299,238 100.0

References

  1. ^ Flaherty, Joseph (November 12, 2018). "AP: First-Time Candidate Kathy Hoffman Wins Arizona Superintendent Race".
  2. ^ Flaherty, Joseph (August 30, 2018). "Can This 32-Year-Old Teacher Be Arizona's Next Superintendent?".
  3. ^ Flaherty, Joseph (November 12, 2018). "AP: First-Time Candidate Kathy Hoffman Wins Arizona Superintendent Race".
  4. ^ Campbell, Katie. "Hoffman victorious in schools chief Democratic primary – Arizona Capitol Times". azcapitoltimes.com.
  5. ^ "What experience does a state superintendent need, and does Kathy Hoffman have it?".
  6. ^ "Republicans have cash edge in expensive campaigns for Arizona's statewide offices".
  7. ^ https://azsos.gov/sites/default/files/2018%200910%20Signed%20Statewide%20Canvass.pdf
  8. ^ "Arizona Election Results". results.arizona.vote.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Diane Douglas
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
2019–present
Incumbent