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The government of Arizona is the governmental structure of the state of Arizona as established by the Arizona Constitution. The executive is composed of the Governor, several other statewide elected officials, and the Governor's cabinet. The Arizona Legislature consists of the House of Representatives and Senate. The judiciary is composed of the Arizona Supreme Court and lower courts. There is also local government, consisting of counties, municipalities and special districts.


The statewide elected officers are:

All elected officials hold a term of four years, and are limited to two consecutive terms (except the office of the State Mine Inspector, which is limited to 4 terms). Arizona is one of seven states that do not have a specified lieutenant governor, so the Secretary of State is the first in line to succeed the Governor in the event of death, disability, resignation, or removal from office. The line of succession also includes the attorney general, state treasurer and superintendent of public instruction. Elections for statewide officers occur during even numbered, none presidential, years, except that 3 of the corporation commissioners are elected during presidential years.


The state departments and agencies are:

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The Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower in Phoenix
  • Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA)
  • Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA)
  • Arizona Department of Child Safety
  • Arizona Department of Commerce
  • Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC)
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)
  • Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
  • Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA)
  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
  • Arizona Department of Financial Institutions (AZDFI)
  • Arizona Department of Fire, Building and Life Safety (DFBLS)
  • Arizona State Forestry Division (AZSF)
  • Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
  • Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG)
  • Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS)
  • Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS)
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
  • Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
  • Arizona Historical Society
  • Arizona Department of Housing
  • Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI)
  • Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC)
  • Arizona State Land Department
  • Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC)
  • Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE)
  • Arizona Board of Regents
  • Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC)
  • Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO)
  • Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR)
  • Arizona School Facilities Board (SFB)
  • Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT)
  • Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)
  • Arizona Department of Veteran Services (DVS)
  • Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)
  • Arizona Department of Weights and Measures (AZDWM). Eliminated in 2015.
Arizona Boards and Commissions Include
  • Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs
  • Arizona Judicial Conduct Commission
  • Arizona Power Authority Commission
  • Arizona State Boxing Commission
  • Arizona State Lottery Commission
  • Arizona State Board of Dispensing Opticians
  • Arizona State Parks Board

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