Grant Woods (born May 19, 1954) served as Attorney General of Arizona from 1991 until 1999. He was a supporter of John McCain in his race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination against J. D. Hayworth in 2010.[1] Woods was McCain's chief of staff when he was a congressman.

Grant Woods
22nd Attorney General of Arizona
In office
January 7, 1991 – January 4, 1999
GovernorFife Symington
Jane Dee Hull
Preceded byRobert K. Corbin
Succeeded byJanet Napolitano
Personal details
Born (1954-05-19) May 19, 1954 (age 65)
Elk City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (before 2018)
Democratic (2018–present)
EducationOccidental College (BA)
Arizona State University, Tempe (JD)

Background and careerEdit

Woods pays tribute to John McCain.

Grant Woods is the son of Arizona developer Joe Woods.[2]

Woods, considered a moderate-to-liberal Republican, was attorney general from 1991 to 1999. In the 1980s, he was the first congressional chief of staff for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and was a longtime friend and confidant of McCain's.

Grant has been elected to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the world.

During the U.S. presidential election of 2016 he was the only Arizona Republican to have held high office who endorsed the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. Regarding the two presidential candidates, he wrote, "Hillary Clinton is one of the most qualified nominees to ever run for president. Donald Trump is the least qualified ever. The stakes are too high to stand on the sideline. I stand with Hillary Clinton for president."

Woods delivered a eulogy at Senator McCain's funeral in 2018.

Jon Kyl was appointed to succeed McCain, but said he would not run for re-election. He resigned in December 2018 and Governor Doug Ducey appointed Martha McSally to fill the remainder of the term. A special election will be held in 2020. Woods considered running for the seat as a Democrat,[3][4] however he announced on February 8, 2019 that he would not seek election to McCain's former senate seat in 2020 to avoid campaigning against other Democrats, stating that "Democrats are not the problem."[5]

Electoral historyEdit

Arizona Attorney general election 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Grant Woods 838,265 80.2
Libertarian John E. Karow 207,710 19.8
Republican hold Swing
Arizona Attorney general election 1990[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Grant Woods 603,534 58.5
Democratic Georgia Staton 426,726 41.4
Libertarian Bernie Lumbert (write-in) 337 .01
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ King, James (8 April 2010). "Grant Woods Fuels J.D. Hayworth "Dracula-Gate" With Awesome Twitter Post".
  2. ^ Altavena, Lily (9 March 2018). "Prominent East Valley developer Joe Woods dead at 84". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Former Republican Arizona AG Grant Woods is now a registered Democrat". 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ "McCain's former chief of staff says he's considering Senate bid as a Democrat". The Washington Times. September 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Squires, Michael (February 8, 2019). "Grant Woods says he won't run for U.S. Senate in 2020". Arizona Republic. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
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Preceded by
Robert K. Corbin
Attorney General of Arizona
Succeeded by
Janet Napolitano