Stephen took office as the 30th Maricopa County Recorder on January 4, 2021. As Maricopa County Recorder, Stephen oversees a staff of approximately 165 full time employees who record over 1 million public documents annually, maintain the county’s voter registration database of 2.6 million voters (second largest voting jurisdiction in the United States), and, together with the County Supervisors, administer elections for 62% of Arizona’s voters.
Prior to taking office, Stephen worked as a transactional lawyer, first at a large international law firm headquartered in Washington, DC, and later at a southwest law firm headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephen has also accrued significant business experience, having started or managed several businesses.
The race for the Recorder’s Office was Stephen’s first foray into elected politics. He won the August 2020 Republican primary by the largest margin of any countywide race, and he defeated the incumbent Democrat in November 3, 2020 general election in a year when Maricopa County chose the Democrat candidates in the presidential and U.S. Senate races by significant margins.
Stephen holds a B.A. from Tulane University and a M.A. and J.D. from The University of Chicago. Stephen lives in South Phoenix with his wife, Lindsay, whom he met at The University of Chicago Law School.