Greg Stanton

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Greg Stanton
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Arizona's 9th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Kyrsten Sinema
59th Mayor of Phoenix
In office
January 3, 2012 May 29, 2018
Preceded by Phil Gordon
Succeeded by Thelda Williams
Personal details
Born
Gregory John Stanton

(1970-03-08) March 8, 1970 (age 49)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Nicole(m. 2006)
Children2
Education Marquette University (BA)
University of Michigan (JD)
Website House website

Gregory John Stanton (born March 8, 1970) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 9th congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Mayor of Phoenix prior to his congressional career. He won the November 8, 2011 runoff election to succeed term-limited mayor Phil Gordon. A former Phoenix City Councillor, defeated Republican political consultant/lobbyist Wes Gullett after a contentious campaign that resulted in large election turnout. [1] Stanton was sworn in as 59th Mayor of Phoenix in January 2012 [2] and resigned on May 29, 2018, in order to run for U.S. Congress.

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Arizonas 9th congressional district

Arizona's ninth congressional district was created as a result of the 2010 Census. The first candidates ran in the 2012 House elections, and the first representative was seated for the 113th Congress in 2013.

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Early life, education, and career

Stanton was born in Phoenix and graduated from Cortez High School of west Phoenix in 1988. [3] [4] He then attended Marquette University and graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in history and political science and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1995, Stanton earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Stanton then worked as an education attorney from 1995 to 2000. [3] In 2014, Stanton became an adjunct professor at Arizona Summit Law School. [5]

Cortez High School is located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is part of the Glendale Union High School District. The mascot is the Colt and the school colors are primarily black and white with red used as an alternate color.

Marquette University University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

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Phoenix City Council

Stanton was elected to the Phoenix City Council for District 6 in 2000, 2001, and 2005 and served the district until 2009. [3] This district included the affluent Phoenix Biltmore Area centered around the Biltmore Fashion Park and Arcadia areas, as well as non-contiguous Ahwatukee. [6]

Phoenix City Council City Council of Phoenix, Arizona

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The Biltmore is an upscale residential neighborhood & financial district in central North East Phoenix, Arizona. It is the city's most acclaimed neighborhood, largely due to its location, near the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. The local landmark was opened on 23 February 1929. The Resort is surrounded by two 18 hole championship golf courses built in 1928 and 1977 along with some of the most exclusive homes in the Valley of the Sun. The greater area is known as a financial district surrounded by upscale shopping, dining, and for its quality of life. The financial district is clustered with business and residential mid-rise tower buildings and gated neighborhoods along a line known as the "Camelback Corridor" which extends from Central Avenue, East on Camelback Road into Scottsdale.

The Biltmore Fashion Park is a luxury outdoor retail and dining plaza located in the Biltmore District of Phoenix, Arizona, along the prestigious stretch of East Camelback Rd. The recently renovated and expanded mid-century plaza is the city of Phoenix's premiere address for high-end retail. The Biltmore Fashion Park, as well as the surrounding business and residential district, are named after the historic Arizona Biltmore Hotel, nearby.

Mayor of Phoenix (2012–2018)

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Greg Stanton briefs reporters at a press conference at City Hall.

During his 2011 campaign for mayor, questions arose of the legality of near $70,000 in contributions from Stanton's former treasurer Mindy Shields. [7] Stanton opposed the embezzlement prosecution of Shields and fired her in October 2010. [8]

Embezzlement is the act of withholding assets for the purpose of conversion (theft) of such assets, by one or more persons to whom the assets were entrusted, either to be held or to be used for specific purposes. Embezzlement is a type of financial fraud. For example, a lawyer might embezzle funds from the trust accounts of their clients; a financial advisor might embezzle the funds of investors; and a husband or a wife might embezzle funds from a bank account jointly held with the spouse.

On August 30, 2011, Stanton and Republican candidate Wes Gullett were the top two candidates in the Phoenix mayoral primary, with Stanton getting about 38% of the vote and Gullett 20%. [9]

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Stanton advocated against the 2013 federal budget sequestration by meeting with members of Congress multiple times. [10]

Mayor Stanton was re-elected on August 25, 2015. In 2017, Governing magazine named Stanton one of its Public Officials of the Year for his efforts to expand light rail, bike lanes, and sidewalks while reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions. [11]

U.S. House of Representatives

After current Democratic Representative for Arizona's 9th congressional district Kyrsten Sinema decided to run for the US Senate in 2018, to replace retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, Stanton – who was term-limited as mayor – decided to run for this seat in the 2018 election. [12]

He resigned as Mayor on May 29, 2018 to focus on his campaign. Stanton ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. On November 6, he defeated Republican Steve Ferrara 61% to 39% following a campaign during which he stressed his problem solving experience as Mayor. [13]

Committee assignments

Political positions

In an interview a few weeks after the November 2011 election, Stanton stated his support for repealing the city food tax. [14] Stanton also supported public pension reforms including more employee contributions to their own retirement funds and longer work experience before retirement benefits. [14] However, in March 2013, Stanton decided against repealing the food tax due to projections that ending the tax would cause layoffs of nearly 99 police officers and 300 other city employees. [15]

As a Representative, Stanton supported the Equality Act, a bill that would expand the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [16]

Personal life

Stanton is married to Nicole, a lawyer with whom he shares two children. [17]

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References

  1. Bui, Lynh (November 8, 2011). "Greg Stanton claims victory over Wes Gullett in Phoenix election". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  2. Jan. 4, Lynh Bui-; azcentral.com, 2012 10:00 AM The Republic |. "Stanton sworn in as new Phoenix mayor". azcentral.com. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 "Phoenix Mayor & City Council candidates - arizona elections - azcentral.com". archive.azcentral.com.
  4. Holden, Mary L. (January 4, 2013). "CEO Series: One-on-One with Mayor Greg Stanton". My Life Magazine. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  5. https://noticiasmicrojuris.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/arizonasummitsuit.pdf
  6. Alonzo, Monica. "How Greg Stanton, a Fair-Haired, Blue-Politicked Lawyer, Became Phoenix's Next Mayor". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  7. Bui, Linh (July 21, 2011). "Phoenix mayoral candidate Greg Stanton's funds in question". Arizona Republic.
  8. Gersema, Emily (February 27, 2011). "Phoenix candidate wants to drop embezzling case". Arizona Republic.
  9. Bui, Linh (September 1, 2011). "Phoenix mayor race: Stanton, Gullett jump right into runoff campaign". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
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  11. "Greg Stanton, Mayor, Phoenix," Governing. December 1, 2017. http://www.governing.com/poy/gov-greg-stanton.html
  12. "Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announces run for Congress". KTAR.com. October 5, 2017.
  13. "Greg Stanton defeats Steve Ferrara in Arizona's 9th Congressional District race". AZ Central. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  14. 1 2 "Into the mind of Greg Stanton". Arizona Republic. November 25, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  15. Gardiner, Dustin (March 21, 2013). "Stanton backs off repeal of food tax". Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  16. "House Debate on the Equality Act". C-SPAN . May 17, 2019.
  17. Gardiner, Justin (January 14, 2016). "Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and wife Nicole Stanton separate". Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Gordon
Mayor of Phoenix
2012–2018
Succeeded by
Thelda Williams
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kyrsten Sinema
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 9th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ross Spano
United States Representatives by seniority
416th
Succeeded by
Pete Stauber