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Kirk Adams: Longtime chief of staff loves complexity of role

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Kirk Adams / Photo by Ellen O’Brien/Arizona Capitol Times

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

Cap Times Q&A

He was the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives as the state muddled through the worst parts of the Great Recession. He ran for Congress unsuccessfully, then worked for some dark money groups (but he doesn’t like that term). Now, he’s Gov. Doug Ducey’s chief of staff.

But there are quite a few things about Adams that you may not know. For one, he lived in Tonga (Google it), where he hopped from island to island as a Mormon missionary having “real Robinson Crusoe adventures.”

“When I got back, I wanted to go join the Peace Corps and go back. My parents freaked out,” Adams said.

The former speaker and Ducey’s right-hand man spoke to the Capitol Times about how his past work has affected his new job, his future plans and his involvement in a few Capitol traditions, like #startyourownrumor and appointing Andy Tobin to everything.


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