Ken Bennett is a businessman, public servant and a 5th generation Arizonan. He was born in Tucson and raised in Prescott. Growing up in Northern Arizona, Ken was taught values that are still with him today: live within your means, work hard, stand up for what is right and give back to your community.
Ken’s business career started when he was a young boy; cleaning, restocking supplies, and collecting coins from the car wash at the family gas station after grade school each day. Later he drove tanker trucks delivering fuel throughout Arizona and after getting an accounting degree from Arizona State University, became Chief Financial Officer of Bennett Oil. He would later become CEO of the company from 1990 until 2006. Since 2007, Ken has worked with companies developing alternative energy sources and energy-efficient building technologies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital in Goodyear.
Wanting to give back to the community he loved, he began his public service career at just 26 years old with his election to the Prescott City Council in 1985. He served four years and after his term on the Council, Ken was appointed to the Arizona State Board of Education, where he served for 7 years.
Ken began his legislative career in 1998 when he was elected to the State Senate from Legislative District 1. He served 8 years in the Senate and was elected President of the Senate by his colleagues from 2003 to 2007. During this time Ken helped lead Arizona in accomplishing a great deal, including balancing the state budget and leaving over a billion dollars in the state’s Rainy Day fund. He also helped hard working Arizonans with the largest tax cut in the state’s history and funded education by putting more new money into K-12 and higher education than any other 4-year period in the state's history. Ken also worked to expand 2nd Amendment rights, school choice, and advance pro-life issues.
After returning full time to the private sector, Ken was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer in 2009 to fill the remainder of her term as Secretary of State. A year later Arizona voters overwhelmingly elected Ken to a four-year term. During the recession, he reduced the office’s budget by over 20% while improving customer service. He created the "Address Confidentiality Program" for victims of domestic violence without any new money from the State General Fund and oversaw construction of Arizona’s WWII Memorial. He fought for election integrity and against voter fraud, defending Arizona's "ID-at-the-Polls" law all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. His office also supervised the recount of a statewide election with an accuracy level of 99.996%.
After serving as Secretary of State, Ken worked for the Executive Office of the Arizona Supreme Court. Ken currently works as Director of Public Relations for SDB Contracting in Tempe.
Ken lives in the City of Maricopa with his wife, Jeanne, and is a proud father and grandfather to three grown children and three grandchildren. He is an Eagle Scout, a former Big Brother, and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.