Ducey appoints Andy Tobin to lead Dept of Administration




Andy Tobin speaks at a campaign rally for Doug Ducey's 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Prescott. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Gov. Doug Ducey has named Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin to lead the Arizona Department of Administration, the state’s largest agency.

Ducey announced the appointment in a tweet this morning, declaring that Tobin will implement the administration’s “mission of making government less bureaucratic, more efficient and more accountable to the taxpayers.”

Tobin has resigned his seat on the Corporation Commission, to which he was elected in 2016, effective immediately. Ducey will now be tasked with appointing a replacement to the commission, which regulates utilities, securities and railroads.

Tobin, a former speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, has served on the commission since January 2016, when he was appointed to replace Susan Bitter Smith, who resigned amid scandal. Prior to that, he had served as director of both the Department of Weights and Measures and the Department of Financial Institutions.

A Republican from Paulden in Yavapai County, Tobin served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2006 until 2015. In 2014, he lost a bid to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Shortly after announcing Tobin had quit the Corporation Commission to take the state government job, Ducey announced that he had appointed Lea Marquez Peterson to replace Tobin on the regulatory panel.

Marquez Peterson had been the longtime head of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce before quitting that job to run for Congress last year in Congressional District 2 in Southern Arizona. She lost to Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in the November general election.

Jim Small
Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

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