Arizona Gov. Hobbs appoints directors of regulation, gaming and state land

PHOENIX — Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs on Monday named three more members of her cabinet who will oversee building regulations, gambling and state lands.

Former Democratic state legislator Martin Quezada, attorney Jackie Johnson and economic developer Robyn Sahid were the latest appointees to state department directorships.

“I am confident that the expertise represented in this group of leaders will move us closer to an Arizona that works for everyone,” Hobbs said in a press release.

Quezada acquires the Registrar of Contractors, the agency that licenses and regulates residential and commercial contractors.

He served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2013 to 2015, followed by a stint in the Senate from 2015 to 2023.

Quezada lost to Republican incumbent Kimberly Yee in the race for state treasurer in the November 2022 general election.

Johnson will be in charge of the Department of Gaming, which oversees tribal gaming, event and fantasy sports betting, racing, boxing and mixed martial arts. She has served as tribal legal counsel and has experience with tribal gambling and gaming regulations.

Sahid will take over the State Land Department, which administers Trust lands for the benefit of 13 Trust beneficiaries, including Arizona’s three public universities and K-12 public education. She has worked in the public sector for nearly 20 years, with a long run in the Phoenix government on aviation and economic development.

“These directors will address both the challenges and opportunities in their departments and in our state,” Hobbs said.

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