PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) – The governor’s office today announced that Art Harding has joined the team as deputy director of legislative affairs. Art joins a talented team that includes Katie Ratlief and Darbi Jenkins. In this role, he will work with the legislature to ensure the state government is focused on policies that best serve the Arizonans during the pandemic and beyond.
“Art brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in public policy, community engagement and organizational effectiveness,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “I am grateful for his commitment to continue serving the State of Arizona, and I look forward to his contribution to our team. “
Prior to joining the governor’s office, Art worked in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the Executive Secretary of the Office of the Executive Secretary. In this role, he reorganized the USDA Executive Department, achieved a 75% reduction in processing time for Congressional correspondence, improved efficiency and customer service, and more.
Prior to his service at USDA, Art served as Policy Director of the President’s Executive Office and Policy Director of the First Lady of the United States for two years. In this role, he focused on policy development, engagement strategies and advocacy for youth.
“I am delighted to join the 9th Floor team,” said Art Harding. “From developing policy, to meeting the needs of constituents, to restructuring teams to work effectively and more, I have worked for years to serve and help others. I look forward to taking on this new role and am grateful for this opportunity. “
Art was also a program analyst for the United States Agency for International Development, legislative liaison officer for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Recovery (then named the Department of Corrections of Arizona), director of state government affairs for the Arizona attorney’s office. General Superintendent and Assistant Deputy of State Government Affairs for the Arizona Department of Education.
Art has also been involved with several community and professional associations, including the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Legislative Committee, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Open Meetings Law Enforcement Team, the Arizona Fallen Correctional Employees Memorial Committee, and more. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona.