Professional background: Kris Mayes was elected as the 27th Arizona Attorney General in the 2022 general election after one of the state’s closest-ever contests. Prior to being elected, AG Mayes served as a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School of Global Sustainability and taught a course on energy law at the school’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. In 2003 she was appointed to the Arizona Corporation Commission and served until term-limited in 2010. Early in her career, she served as director of communications for former Gov. Janet Napolitano and as a journalist with The Phoenix Gazette and The Arizona Republic.
Key priorities for her first term include:
- Fighting for reproductive rights for the women of Arizona.
- Addressing the fentanyl crisis by advocating for proactive, evidence-based harm reduction strategies.
- Preserving Arizona’s water supplies and combating water pollution according to her 16-point plan.
Education: AG Mayes earned a Bachelor of Arts and a J.D. from Arizona State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University.
Personal: AG Mayes lives in Phoenix with her daughter Hattie.