FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 12, 2023
Senate Committee on Director Nominations Continues to Hold
Executive Appointments Accountable
PHOENIX, ARIZONA— After the Senate Committee on Director Nominations recommended to reject Governor Katie Hobbs' appointment of Martín Quezada to the position of Director for the Registrar of Contractors (ROC), the Governor today sent a letter to Senate President Warren Petersen informing him that she is withdrawing this nomination, effective immediately.
Concerning information came to light about Mr. Quezada during the May 31st hearing, which led to the recommendation of rejection, including his frequent comments and behaviors supporting antisemitism, racism, and his intolerance for individuals based on skin color, gender, religion and political affiliation. Furthermore, Mr. Quezada developed a voting history while serving in the Legislature against small businesses, which is the very community he would have been tasked with serving.
"Mr. Quezada's nomination is a prime example of why the Senate Committee on Director Nominations is crucial to ensuring only the most highly qualified candidates will serve as leaders of our critically important state agencies, which impact the safety, health and livelihoods of all Arizona citizens," said Committee Chairman Jake Hoffman. "Through our thorough vetting process, we've been able to weed out inappropriate partisan appointments by Katie Hobbs, like Mr. Quezada, while also identifying experienced, accomplished, professional and highly qualified nominees such as Ms. Susan Nicolson for the Department of Real Estate and Mr. Ryan Thornell for the Department of Corrections. Our committee is committed to protecting the public by conducting our due diligence in evaluating these potential state agency leaders."
For more information, contact:
Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus