Greg Stanton

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Greg Stanton
Greg Stanton, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 9th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Kyrsten Sinema
60th Mayor of Phoenix
In office
January 3, 2012 – May 29, 2018
Preceded by Phil Gordon
Succeeded by Thelda Williams
Member of the Phoenix City Council from the 6th district
In office
Succeeded bySal DiCiccio
Personal details
Gregory John Stanton

(1970-03-08) March 8, 1970 (age 50)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Democratic
( m. after 2006)
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. A Democrat, he previously served for 6 years as the Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona.

Born in Long Island, New York, Stanton was raised in Phoenix. He graduated from Marquette University and then the University of Michigan Law School. He served on the Phoenix City Council from 2000 until 2009; he was elected mayor in the 2011 election and reelected in 2015. After U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema chose to run for the Senate, Stanton ran for the open house seat. He won the November election handily and was sworn in to office in January 2019.

Early life, education, and career

Stanton was born in Long Island, New York. His family moved to Arizona and he graduated from Cortez High School of west Phoenix in 1988. [1] [2] 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. [1] In 2014, Stanton became an adjunct professor at Arizona Summit Law School. [3]

Phoenix City Council

Stanton was elected to the Phoenix City Council for 6th district in 2000, 2001, and 2005 and served the district until 2009. [1] This district included the affluent Phoenix Biltmore Area centered around the Biltmore Fashion Park and Arcadia areas, as well as non-contiguous Ahwatukee. [4]

Mayor of Phoenix (2012–2018)

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. [5] Stanton opposed the embezzlement prosecution of Shields and fired her in October 2010. [6]

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%. [7] [8] [9]

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


2018 general election

After incumbent Democratic congresswoman 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 Sinema's seat in the 2018 election for the 9th district. [12]

In accordance with Arizona's resign-to-run law, Stanton resigned as mayor on May 29, 2018, to focus on his congressional 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

Caucus memberships

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]

Electoral history

Democratic primary results, Arizona 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Greg Stanton 59,066 100%
Total votes 59,066 100%
Arizona's 9th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Greg Stanton 159,583 61.09%
Republican Steve Ferrara 101,662 38.91%
Total votes 261,245 100%
Democratic hold
Democratic primary results, Arizona 2020 [17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Greg Stanton (incumbent) 83,443 100%
Total votes 83,443 100%

Personal life

Stanton married his wife, Nicole, a lawyer, in 2005. They have two children, a daughter, Violet, and a son, Trevor.


  1. ^ a b c "Phoenix Mayor & City Council candidates – arizona elections –".
  2. ^ Holden, Mary L. (January 4, 2013). "CEO Series: One-on-One with Mayor Greg Stanton". My Life Magazine. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
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  4. ^ Alonzo, Monica. "How Greg Stanton, a Fair-Haired, Blue-Politicked Lawyer, Became Phoenix's Next Mayor". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Bui, Linh (July 21, 2011). "Phoenix mayoral candidate Greg Stanton's funds in question". Arizona Republic.
  6. ^ Gersema, Emily (February 27, 2011). "Phoenix candidate wants to drop embezzling case". Arizona Republic.
  7. ^ Bui, Linh (September 1, 2011). "Phoenix mayor race: Stanton, Gullett jump right into runoff campaign". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Bui, Lynh (November 8, 2011). "Greg Stanton claims victory over Wes Gullett in Phoenix election". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  9. ^ Jan. 4, Lynh Bui-;, 2012 10:00 AM The Republic |. "Stanton sworn in as new Phoenix mayor". Retrieved February 13, 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation ( link)
  10. ^ "Into the mind of ... Greg Stanton". Arizona Republic. November 17, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  11. ^ "Greg Stanton, Mayor, Phoenix," Governing. December 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announces run for Congress". October 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "Greg Stanton defeats Steve Ferrara in Arizona's 9th Congressional District race". AZ Central. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "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. ^ "2020 Primary Election". Arizona Secretary of State. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Gordon
Mayor of Phoenix
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

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ross Spano
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Pete Stauber