The state of Arizona’s 23rd governor is Doug Ducey. He took over as governor for the Republican Party after Jan Brewer, who was bound by term limitations, was unable to run in the 2014 election. Ducey defeated rivals like Democrat Fred Duval, Libertarian Barry Hess, and many more candidates from various parties in order to win the Republican Party’s candidacy in the primary election. His declared goal is to make Arizona the best state in the union to live in, to conduct business, and to receive the best education possible. He took over the state’s administration after inheriting a nearly $1 billion budget deficit, which he overcame. He is dedicated to fostering economic development, job creation, the advancement of educational excellence, the restoration of budgetary accountability, and the safety of all residents of the state. His goal is to make Arizona a powerful state that guarantees “Opportunity for All,” and he has committed to working hard every day of his term as governor to make that goal a reality.
Early Childhood & Life
On April 9, 1964, Doug Ducey was born in Toledo, Ohio, in the United States as Douglas Anthony Roscoe, Jr. His mother was Madeline Scott, and his father was Douglas Roscoe, Sr., a former officer in the “Toledo Police Department.”
After his parents divorced, his mother wed businessman Michael Ducey in 1975, and the next year, Douglas Roscoe, Jr. and his brothers were adopted.
After formally altering his name to reflect that of his adopted father, he relocated to Tempe, Arizona, and enrolled at “Arizona State University” as Douglas Ducey. He graduated from this university with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1986.
Doug Ducey’s Career
During his college years, Doug Ducey worked at a local distributor of “Anheuser-Busch” called “Hensley & Co.,” which was run by Cindy McCain’s family.
He worked in the sales and marketing department of the consumer goods multinational “Proctor & Gamble” after receiving his B.S. in finance.
He received management training while employed by Proctor & Gamble, which enabled him to advance to the position of partner and CEO of the Cold Stone Creamery ice cream franchise. In 2007, he and his business partner sold the chain to Kahala, which at the time had 1,400 locations across all 50 states and ten international locations.
He joined ‘memories,’ which offered digitalization services and was a film editing company, as a primary investor and board chairman. He was employed by this business from 2008 to 2012.
He was the 32nd State Treasurer to represent the state of Arizona. On November 2, 2010, he won the election to this position; he took office on January 3, 2010, however, he did not run for re-election in 2014. In this race, he chose to run for Governor instead. On January 5, 2015—the day of his inauguration as governor—his tenure as treasurer came to an end.
On November 4, 2014, he was chosen to serve as the governor of Arizona, and on January 5, 2015, he took office.
Christine Thompson and Sabrina Vazquez, two workers of the “Arizona Board of Education,” were fired in February 2015 by Diane Douglas, the “State Superintendent of Schools,” for their support of a campaign to remove “Common Core” standards from the state’s curriculum. Due to Ducey’s intervention on their behalf, they were given their jobs back.
On March 30, 2015, Ducey vetoed a bill that would have let law enforcement organizations two months to hide the names of police officers who had been hurt or killed in gun-related incidents.
He made two judgments in April 2015 in favor of LGBT rights in Arizona. He vetoed the law that would have given child safety officials the authority to forbid same-sex couples from adopting children. In his second ruling, he mandated that lawfully married LGBT couples in Arizona once again have the option to adopt and foster children. Immediately after giving the order, he also fired the director.
After the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, in which ISIS terrorists disguising themselves as Syrian refugees killed more than 129 people, Ducey fiercely opposed and abruptly put an end to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Arizona, claiming that doing so was dangerous for Americans.
He has held the presidency of both the Greater Phoenix Economic Club and the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization Arizona chapter.
He has served as a board member of the Arizona branch of the Young Presidents Organization, the Arizona State Charter School Board, Thunderbird Charities, the Phoenix Zoo, and the regional board of Teach for America. He has also served on the advisory board of the Pat Tillman Foundation.
He has also served as a CEO for “Forum and Enterprise Network,” co-chairman of “The Sojourner Center Capital Campaign,” and a previous member of “Greater Phoenix Leadership.”
He served on the “Board of Directors” of the “Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Phoenix” and is now one of its members.
He presently sits on the boards of the Banner Health Foundation and the St. John’s Jesuit High School Council and is a trustee for the Arizona State University Foundation.
Recognition & Achievements
At a ceremony held at the W. P. Carey School of Business of Arizona State University, Doug Ducey accepted the “2002 Spirit of Enterprise Award” on behalf of the “Cold Stone Creamery” from the “Center for the Advancement of Small Business.”
He was honored by being admitted to the “W. P. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame” in 2004.
The highest honor given to restaurateurs, the “MUFSO Golden Chain Award,” was given to him in 2006. He was also appointed an entrepreneurial fellow of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.
In 2007, Ducey won the AFP Spirit of Philanthropy Award, and in 2009, the Father’s Day Council, which supports the American Diabetes Association, awarded him “Father of the Year.”
For organizing the “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social” while working as the CEO of “Cold Stone Creamery,” he received the “Tom and Madena Stewart Lifetime Compassion Award” from “Make-A-Wish Arizona” in 2012.
Personal Legacy & Life
Doug Ducey wed Angela, whom he had met while attending the “Arizona State University” while he was a student. From this union, he had three sons: Jack, Joe, and Sam.
Estimated Net Worth
One of the wealthiest and most well-liked politicians is Doug Ducey. Our research of Doug Ducey’s net worth from sources including Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider indicates that it is about $1.5 million.