Councilman Bill Gates (D-3) elected as
Vice Mayor of Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ – The Phoenix City Council has unanimously elected District 3 Councilman Bill Gates as Vice Mayor. Gates will serve as Vice Mayor until January 2014.
“I am honored to serve as Vice Mayor and work alongside my colleagues to continue to make the City of Phoenix a great place to live and work,” stated Gates. “As Vice Mayor, I am committed to providing world class public safety and customer service, while ensuring we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
“I have known Councilman Bill Gates personally and professionally for many years. Bill is a great leader and has a proven commitment to bringing innovation to the City and saving taxpayer dollars,” stated Councilman Jim Waring. “I look forward to working with him as Vice Mayor.”
Gates chairs the City Council Finance, Efficiency, Innovation, and Sustainability Subcommittee and serves on the Neighborhoods, Planning and Development, Housing, and Homeless Subcommittee and the Parks, Arts, Families, and Seniors Subcommittee. He also spearheaded the successful fall 2011 public campaign to preserve Phoenix Home Rule.
In addition to his post on the City Council, Gates is a lawyer for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. He also serves on the Governor's Regulatory Review Council. Prior to working for PING in 2001, Bill was an associate at the firm of Fennemore Craig, practicing commercial litigation with an emphasis in property tax litigation.
Gates is a graduate of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor's degree in political science and economics in 1993. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Gates is married and has two daughters, ages eleven and nine.