Brussels Forum Session: On the Frontlines of Democracy: Bolstering Trust in Elections Across the Atlantic 

Adrian Fontes was elected Arizona's 21st secretary of state in 2022. He is a US Marine Corps veteran who served on active duty from 1992 to 1996 and was nominated for a meritorious commission.  

After graduating from law school, Fontes worked as a prosecutor with the Denver (Colorado) district attorney before moving to the Maricopa County (Arizona) attorney’s office. He later led the international prosecution unit in the Arizona attorney general’s office. He practiced law for 15 years before being elected Maricopa County recorder in 2016. In that position, he enhanced ballot tracking technology and increased process transparency, winning awards from election organizations across the United States.

Fontes testified before Congress about threats to election officials during the 2020 campaign.