Doug Ducey's personal life

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Doug Ducey with his wife. Photo: Starsgab

Governor Ducey was born in Toledo, Ohio. He moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University’s business school, where he earned his bachelor of science in finance in 1986. Governor Ducey and his wife, Angela, live in Phoenix with their three sons, Jack, Joe and Sam. He is Arizona’s 23rd governor, according to Azgovernor.

Doug Ducey's career

Governor Doug Ducey was elected on November 4, 2014 and was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, becoming Arizona’s 23rd Governor.

As governor, Ducey’s priorities are growing the economy, creating jobs, improving outcomes in K-12 education and balancing the budget. A champion of limited government, economic development and Arizona businesses and families, Governor Ducey has pledged to work every day to ensure “Opportunity for All.”

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Doug Ducey. Photo: The Arizona Republic

Prior to taking his oath as governor, Ducey served as Arizona’s 32nd state treasurer, a position he held since his oath of office in January 2011. As Arizona’s chief banker and investment officer, Ducey managed more than $13 billion in state assets and served as an investment manager for local governments. He also served as chairman of Arizona’s State Board of Investment and State Loan Commission, as Arizona’s Surveyor General and was a member of the State Land Selection Board.

As state treasurer, Ducey notably led the opposition of Proposition 204, a tax increase that would have cost Arizona taxpayers $1 billion per year. With Ducey’s leadership, the proposition was soundly defeated by a nearly two-to-one margin. During his tenure, Ducey also oversaw the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund. Under his watch, the trust fund surpassed $5 billion for the first time, with 90 percent of the earnings allocated toward K-12 education.

Before being elected state treasurer, Ducey was chief executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery. An Arizona-born concept, Cold Stone expanded from a handful of locations to more than 1,400 worldwide under Ducey’s management, as reported by Azcommerce.

Doug Ducey's noteworthy events

Response to Syria policy

Following the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015, in which members of the Islamic State (ISIS) killed at least 129 people and wounded more than 350, reports surfaced showing that one of the terrorists responsible for the attacks in Paris may have come to France posing as a Syrian refugee.Many governors issued statements of support or opposition to President Obama’s plan to allow 10,000 new Syrian refugees into the United States. Ducey had strong opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state of Arizona.

Policy changes on adoption by same-sex couples

In April 2015, Ducey made two decisions regarding adoption by same-sex couples. First, Ducey vetoed a bill that would have enabled child safety officials to prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children on a county-to-county basis. Ducey also ordered the Arizona Department of Child Safety to allow married same-sex couples to obtain licenses to adopt and foster children. The latter marked the reversal of a department policy that had been in effect since February allowing officials to refuse to grant eligible Arizona same-sex couples licenses to adopt and/or become foster parents

Veto of Senate Bill 1445

Ducey's first veto after taking office was of Senate Bill 1445, a measure which would have required law enforcement agencies to withhold the names of police officers involved in firearms-related deaths for a two-month period following the incident. The bill was described by the New York Times as having "tapped into broader anxieties that followed the events in Ferguson, Mo., where the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager fled his home." In a statement accompanying his veto, Ducey wrote his concern "is that setting an arbitrary 60-day benchmark for release of names would limit their [police chief's] ability to best manage these often tenuous situations and result in unintended consequences.", as reported by Ballotpedia.

Doug Ducey's awards

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

2004, Induction into the W. P. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame

2006, Named an Entrepreneurial Fellow for the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona

2009, Named Father of the Year by the Father's Day Council benefiting the American Diabetes Association.

2012, Tom and Madena Stewart Lifetime Compassion Award from the Arizona chapter Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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