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Republican Refused To Make Any Appointments While Acting As Governor

Arizona Tresurer Kimberly Yee


According to a press release from the office of Kimberly Yee, the Arizona State Treasurer, was notified Wednesday that she would be stepping in as the active Governor of Arizona. She states:


“I have been notified that I will be serving as Acting Governor beginning later this evening until mid-morning tomorrow. While I am pleased to step into this role, I will refrain from naming directors to the 13 agencies that currently have vacancies and will not call the Arizona Legislature into session to confirm them. That being said, I do hope when the Governor returns to Arizona, she will promptly name qualified directors to these important state agencies and remove the legal uncertainty that exists for all of the regulatory actions taken by the agencies. I expect to see a swift resolution to this matter, so we can get back to getting the work done for Arizona taxpayers. The people of Arizona deserve leaders who follow the rule of law.”


Due to Arizona’s state law, when the Governor leaves the state for any reason, the next state official in line is to step in as a temporary acting Governor. Kimberly Yee, who is a Republican, was selected to temporarily step in as Governor while Governor Katie Hobbs left the state to visit Washington D.C.


As acting Governor, Kimberly Yee was given all the duly elected duties of the Governor of Arizona, however as indicated in her press release statement, she is refraining from using those powers.


The Arizona legislature has been struggling to appoint officials for multiple different agencies, due to all of Governor Hobbs' nominee picks being disliked by the Legislature. Many people responded to Yee’s post on X (formerly known as Twitter) begging her to use her temporary powers to quickly enact executive orders that would align with Republican style policies. 


Kimberly Yee, as indicated in her press release, has not used her temporary powers in any noteworthy way and seems content to hand things back over to Democratic Governor, Katie Hobbs.

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