Doug Ducey

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Doug Ducey
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23rd Governor of Arizona
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded by Jan Brewer
42nd Treasurer of Arizona
In office
January 3, 2011 January 5, 2015
GovernorJan Brewer
Preceded by Dean Martin
Succeeded by Jeff DeWit
Personal details
Douglas Anthony Roscoe Jr.

(1964-04-09) April 9, 1964 (age 55)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Angela Ducey
Education Arizona State University, Tempe (BS)
Website Government website

Douglas Anthony Ducey /ˈdsi/ (born April 9, 1964) is an American businessman and politician who is the 23rd governor of Arizona. A Republican, he was sworn in as governor on January 5, 2015. He was the state's treasurer from 2011 to 2015.

Republican Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

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State Treasurer of Arizona

The state treasurer is the state of Arizona’s chief banker and investment officer. The Treasurer’s Office manages Arizona’s annual state revenues; directs the state’s banking services; and manages Arizona’s investment portfolio. The state treasurer also serves on the management boards of a number of public entities. The state treasurer is one of six statewide elected officials, and serves a term of four years. A person may only serve as state treasurer for two terms.


Before entering politics, Ducey was the CEO of Cold Stone Creamery. He and his business partner sold the company in 2007. On November 4, 2014, Ducey was elected governor of Arizona, succeeding Jan Brewer in January 2015. [1] He was reelected in 2018.

Cold Stone Creamery company

Cold Stone Creamery is an American ice cream parlor chain. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, the company is owned and operated by Kahala Brands. The company's main product is premium ice cream made with approximately 12–14% butterfat, made on location and customized for patrons at time of order. Cold Stone has also expanded its menu with other ice cream related products, including: ice cream cakes, pies, cookie sandwiches, smoothies, shakes and iced or blended coffee drinks. Since 2008, the company has been co-branding its locations with other chains in an attempt to not only increase its presence outside the United States, but transform its business model from seasonal to year-round.

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Born in Toledo, Ohio, Ducey moved in 1982 to Tempe, Arizona, where he attended Arizona State University. In addition to his involvement with Cold Stone Creamery, he worked at a local Anheuser-Busch distributor during his time in college, and at Procter & Gamble after graduating with a degree in finance.

Toledo, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

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Tempe, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Tempe, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2017 population of 185,038. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.

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Early life and education

Doug Ducey was born Douglas Anthony Roscoe Jr. in Toledo, Ohio, where he was raised. [2] He is the son of Madeline Scott and Douglas Roscoe Sr., a former member of the Toledo Police Department. [3]

His parents divorced, and in 1975 his mother married businessman Michael Ducey, to whom she remained married until 1981. [4] Michael Ducey adopted Douglas and his siblings in 1976, and Douglas's last name was legally changed to his adoptive father's. [5]

Ducey graduated from St. John's Jesuit High School in 1982 and moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University while working at Hensley & Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor owned by the family of Cindy McCain. [6] He graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. [7]

Hensley & Co., also known as Hensley Beverage Company, is an Anheuser-Busch beer wholesaler and distributor headquartered in the West Phoenix area of Phoenix, Arizona. It markets to almost the entire state of Arizona. As of 2007 it was the third-largest Anheuser-Busch distributor in the United States and one of the largest privately held companies in Arizona.

Anheuser-Busch American brewing company

Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC is an American brewing company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2008, it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev which also has its North American regional management headquarters in St. Louis.

Cindy McCain Philanthropist and Businessperson

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During his 2014 campaign for governor, press accounts revealed that some of Ducey's relatives in Toledo were involved in organized crime in Ohio. [8] The investigation found no evidence that Ducey profited from or engaged in criminal activity. Ducey declined to comment. [9]

Business career

After graduating from ASU, Ducey joined Procter & Gamble and began a career in sales and marketing. While there, he was trained in management, preparing him for his role as partner and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery. [10] When he and his business partner sold the company in 2007, Cold Stone had grown from a single store to more than 1,400 locations in the US and 10 other countries. After the company's sale to Kahala, accusations of franchise mismanagement led Ducey to leave the organization. [11] He became the lead investor and served as chairman of the board for iMemories from 2008 to 2012. [12]

Ducey is a trustee of the Arizona State University Foundation, serves on the boards of the Banner Health Foundation and the St. John's Jesuit High School Council, [13] and is a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds and the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society. [13]

Ducey has served as president of both the Arizona chapter of Young Entrepreneurs' Organization and the Greater Phoenix Economic Club. He is a former Regional Board Member of Teach for America, and former advisory board member of the Pat Tillman Foundation. Ducey has been a board member of the Arizona State Charter School Board, Thunderbird Charities, the Phoenix Zoo and the Arizona chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. [13] He is a past member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, CEO Forum and the Enterprise Network, as well as a past co-chair for the Sojourner Center Capital Campaign. He is a former scholarship board member for the Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Phoenix and serves on its board of directors. [13]

Ducey's honors include the 2002 Spirit of Enterprise Award on behalf of Cold Stone Creamery by the Center for the Advancement of Small Business at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and induction into the W.P. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame in 2004. [13] In 2006 he was awarded the MUFSO Golden Chain Award, the nation's highest honor for restaurateurs. Also in 2006 he was named an entrepreneurial fellow for the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. [14]

In 2007 Ducey was honored with the AFP Spirit of Philanthropy Award, and in 2009 he was named father of the year by the Father's Day Council benefiting the American Diabetes Association. In 2012 he received the Tom and Madena Stewart lifetime compassion award from Make-A-Wish Arizona for creating the World's Largest Ice Cream Social while serving as CEO of Cold Stone. [13]

State treasurer

In 2010 Ducey was elected state treasurer of Arizona, replacing Dean Martin. As Arizona's chief banker and investment officer, Ducey oversaw more than $12 billion in state assets and served as an investment manager for local governments. [13] The Treasurer serves as the chairman of Arizona's State Board of Investment and State Loan Commission, [13] and as the state's surveyor general and a member of the State Land Selection Board. Ducey also served as the western region vice president for the National Association of State Treasurers, and was the president of the Western State Treasurers' Association. [15]

Governor of Arizona

2014 campaign

Ducey accepting his party's nomination for governor of Arizona in August 2014. Doug Ducey by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Ducey accepting his party's nomination for governor of Arizona in August 2014.

In July 2013 Ducey filed the paperwork necessary to explore the possibility of running for governor. [16] On February 19, 2014, he formally announced his intention to seek the office at a rally in downtown Phoenix. [17]

He received the endorsement of numerous conservative leaders, including Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, as well as Governor Scott Walker and former Senator Jon Kyl. Ducey won the Republican nomination in the August primary, and was subsequently endorsed by the outgoing governor, Jan Brewer, along with Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, and the Republicans in Arizona's U.S. House delegation. Ducey was also endorsed by several organizations, including Arizona Right to Life, [18] Concerned Women for America [19] and the Small Business Alliance.[ citation needed ]

Ducey defeated Democrat Fred DuVal and Libertarian Barry Hess in the November 4 general election. [20]


Ducey speaking at a campaign event for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in October 2016 with Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the vice-presidential nominee. Mike Pence & Doug Ducey (30623770732).jpg
Ducey speaking at a campaign event for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in October 2016 with Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the vice-presidential nominee.

Ducey was sworn into office on January 5, 2015. [21] Shortly after his term began, he instituted a state employee hiring freeze in an effort to balance the state budget. [22]

On January 15, 2015, Ducey signed an education bill requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate, making Arizona the first state to require this. [23] [24]

Ducey issued his first vetoes on March 30, 2015, of HB2150, an amendment to an animal cruelty law that would have excluded livestock animals from protection under that law, [25] and HB2410, which would have prohibited police departments from establishing quotas for traffic citations. [26]

On March 31, 2017, Ducey signed SB1367, which requires doctors to care for babies born alive during abortions. [27]

On April 6, 2017, Ducey signed a major school voucher expansion bill, extending eligibility to every Arizona student. [28]

After Senator John McCain's August 2018 death, Ducey appointed Jon Kyl to McCain's Senate seat on September 4.

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Ducey opposes the Affordable Care Act, saying, "It's no secret Obamacare has been a disaster for Arizona and that I want it repealed and replaced." [29] On July 30, 2017, the Arizona Republic reported that Ducey had urged Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain to vote for legislation that would repeal and replace it. [29] McCain ultimately voted against repeal. [29] In September 2017 Ducey released a statement endorsing the Graham–Cassidy health care amendment as "the best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare." [30] On September 20 he said the effects of the Graham–Cassidy bill on the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System were being analyzed by his staff and asserted that the ACA had been a failure. He admitted he had not seen the final version of the Graham-Cassidy bill but said he suspected it would be “the longest possible transition so that we can move people from Medicaid into a superior insurance product." [31]

Confederate monuments

In August 2017, after violence by white nationalists at a gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, Ducey said in response to a reporter's question that he had no interest in removing confederate monuments from public lands in Arizona. [32] He said, "It’s important that people know our history... I don’t think we should try to hide our history." [32]

LGBT issues and same-sex marriage

As a candidate, Ducey opposed same-sex marriage as well as domestic partnerships for unmarried couples. [33] As governor, in 2015, he supported allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. [34] After same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide by the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision, Ducey said the state would comply with the law and that there are good people on both sides of the issue. [35] In 2017 he said he would not ask the legislature to pass anti-discrimination laws, but also that he opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation. [36] Responding to a 2018 questionnaire from the conservative Center for Arizona Policy, Ducey expressed his opposition to the controversial practice of conversion therapy, which attempts to change a person's sexual orientation, being used on minors. [37] In April 2019 he signed into law a bill that repealed the sex and health education laws that prohibited the "promotion" of homosexuality as an acceptable "lifestyle." [38]

State firings

Under Ducey, the state government was mandated to "shrink", which led Ducey-appointed administrator Tim Jeffries to fire over 400 state employees at the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). Ducey then prohibited the leadership from firing employees. The employees were fired for infractions such as questioning leadership for sending purportedly political emails on government systems. Fired employees will be able to petition for reconsideration of their firings with the state HR chief, though they do not have the rights in employment they once did as state employees because of a law signed by Governor Brewer that converted them to at-will employment in return for bonuses. [39] [40]

State land trust

Ducey was a major proponent of AZ Prop 123, which slowly gleaned more dollars from the state land trust to settle a lawsuit that a judge ruled deprived students and teachers of adequate education funding as mandated by Arizona voters. The Arizona legislature violated the law by funding education in the state below the level required by AZ Prop 301 (Year 2000). [41] Prop 123 settled the lawsuit without raising revenue by increasing distributions from the land trust the federal government bequeathed to the State of Arizona at statehood. Prop 123 also deferred to the legislature, thus overriding Prop 300 in the case the state did not have enough funds for education. Voters essentially undid their Year-2000 mandate. The law was passed with controversy, and many teachers were promised small raises only if the law passed, creating an emergent political issue. [42] [43] With a strong Republican majority, it was not considered politically possible to raise revenue to fund education to the level required, so Prop 123 represented a grand compromise. [44]

Judicial appointments

In January 2016 Ducey appointed Clint Bolick to the Arizona Supreme Court. [45] [46]

In May 2016 Ducey signed legislation to expand the court from five justices to seven justices. This legislation was "championed by Republicans but decried by Democrats as an effort by the governor to pack the court with his nominees." [47] In November 2016 Ducey appointed Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Andrew Gould and state Solicitor General John Lopez IV to the two new seats. [47] Lopez is the state's first Latino justice. [48]

In April 2019 Ducey appointed Court of Appeals Judge James Beene to the Arizona Supreme Court. [49]

Ducey has also appointed several judges to state appellate and trial courts. In 2017 he became the first governor since 1991 to appoint a judge from the opposing political party to the Arizona Court of Appeals. [50] [51]

Unemployment benefits

In May 2018 Ducey signed into law a bill that requires individuals who collect unemployment benefits for more than four weeks to take any job that pays 20% more than the unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits in Arizona are capped at $240 a week or one-half of what individuals earned before they were laid off. The new legislation means that people must take jobs paying $288 a week (approximately $15,000 a year) regardless of what they used to make. [52]

Council of Governors

On February 22, 2019, President Trump appointed Ducey to the bipartisan Council of Governors. [53]

2018 campaign

Ducey at a campaign rally in Gilbert, Arizona in October 2018. Doug Ducey by Gage Skidmore 11.jpg
Ducey at a campaign rally in Gilbert, Arizona in October 2018.

In 2018 Ducey announced his intention to run for reelection to a second term. He was challenged in the Republican primary by 2014 opponent former Secretary of State of Arizona Ken Bennett, but defeated Bennett by a wide margin. [54] Ducey was reelected in November, defeating Democratic nominee David Garcia.

Personal life

Ducey met his wife, Angela, while attending Arizona State University. They live in Paradise Valley with their three sons, Jack, Joe and Sam. [55]

Electoral history

Arizona Treasurer Republican Primary Election, 2010
RepublicanDoug Ducey211,49341.788
RepublicanBarbara Leff119,89123.4
RepublicanThayer Verschoor112,97522.1
RepublicanTed Carpenter67,02613.1
Arizona Treasurer Election, 2010
RepublicanDoug Ducey859,67251.9
DemocraticAndrei Cherny685,86541.4
LibertarianThane Eichenauer66,1664.0
GreenThomas Meadows46,1152.8
Arizona Governor Republican Primary Election, 2014
RepublicanDoug Ducey200,60737.2
RepublicanScott Smith119,10722.1
RepublicanChristine Jones89,92216.7
RepublicanKen Bennett62,01011.5
RepublicanAndrew Thomas43,8228.1
RepublicanFrank Riggs24,1684.5
RepublicanMike Aloisi (Write-in)27nil
RepublicanAlice Lukasik (Write-in)27nil
Arizona Governor Election, 2014
RepublicanDoug Ducey805,06253.4
DemocraticFred DuVal626,92141.6
LibertarianBarry Hess57,3373.8
Americans ElectJohn Lewis Mealer15,4321.0
Write-inJ. Johnson1,520nil
Write-inBrian Balley50nil
Republican/Write-inAlice Novoa43nil
Write-inCary Dolego29nil
Write-inCurtis Woolsey15nil
Write-inDiana-Elizabeth Kennedy7nil
Arizona Governor Republican Primary Election, 2018
RepublicanDoug Ducey463,67270.7
RepublicanKen Bennett191,77529.3
RepublicanRobert Weber (write-in)910.0
Arizona Governor Election, 2018
RepublicanDoug Ducey1,330,86356.00
DemocraticDavid Garcia994,34141.84
GreenAngel Torres50,9622.14
Write-inPatrick Masoya1770.01
Write-inChristian Komor660.00
GreenCary D. Dolego130.00
Republican TakeoverArthur Ray Arvizu120.00
HumanitarianJames Gibson70.00

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Martin
Treasurer of Arizona
Succeeded by
Jeff DeWit
Preceded by
Jan Brewer
Governor of Arizona
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jan Brewer
Republican nominee for Governor of Arizona
2014, 2018
Most recent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mike Pence
as Vice President
Order of Precedence of the United States
Within Arizona
Succeeded by
Mayor of city
in which event is held
Succeeded by
Otherwise Nancy Pelosi
as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Michelle Lujan Grisham
as Governor of New Mexico
Order of Precedence of the United States
Outside Arizona
Succeeded by
Mike Dunleavy
as Governor of Alaska