Doug Ducey

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Doug Ducey
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Governor of Arizona
In office
January 5, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 0
PredecessorJan Brewer (R)
Base salary$95,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Campaign $$1,212,115
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona Treasurer
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Place of birthToledo, Ohio
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Doug Ducey is the 23rd and current Republican Governor of Arizona. He was sworn in January 5, 2015, succeeding Gov. Jan Brewer, a fellow Republican who was barred by term limits from seeking re-election in 2014. To win the open seat, Ducey edged out seven Republican challengers to secure the party's nomination in the August 26 primary and overtook Democrat Fred DuVal, Libertarian Barry J. Hess and a number of minor party and write-in opponents in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Before becoming governor, Ducey served one term as Arizona Treasurer. Ducey was elected in 2010 and declined to seek a second term in 2014, opting instead to enter the race to replace term-limited Gov. Jan Brewer.[1][2][3] Ducey's term as treasurer ended January 5, 2015, the day of his gubernatorial inauguration.

Prior to his election as state treasurer, Ducey was lead investor and chairman of the board for iMemories, a film editing and digitization services provider. Before that, he was a partner and CEO of ice cream chain Cold Stone Creamery. He also worked in sales and marketing for consumer products conglomerate Proctor and Gamble.


Ducey was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He is the former CEO and chairman of Cold Stone Creamery. Before election as treasurer, Ducey was lead investor and chairman of the board for iMemories, a film editing and digitization services provider.[4]

He holds a degree in finance from Arizona State University.


  • Arizona State University, Finance

Political career

Governor of Arizona (2015-present)

Ducey was first elected Governor of Arizona on November 4, 2014, and was sworn into office on January 5, 2015.[4]


Adoption rights of same-sex couples

In April 2015, Ducey made two decisions in support of gay rights in Arizona. First, he vetoed a bill that would have empowered child safety officials to deny adoption rights to same-sex couples on a county-to-county basis. Second, he ordered the Arizona Department of Child Safety to restore the rights of legally married LGBT 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, unbeknownst to the newly-inaugurated governor, whereby officials, acting on a January memorandum issued by the former child safety department director, could refuse to grant eligible Arizona same-sex couples licenses to adopt and/or become foster parents. Ducey fired the director almost immediately after the memo's release and claimed that he had been unaware of its residual consequences. "All children deserve a loving home, and under my watch, I'm committed to making sure government encourages that," he stated upon calling for an end to the discriminatory practice.[5]

"With 17,000 children under the state's care, we need more adoption in Arizona, not less," Ducey said in the statement. "That's why I feel strongly — as I have said many times before — that all loving families should be able to serve as foster parents and adopt."[6]

—Doug Ducey[5]

Veto of Senate Bill 1445

On March 30, 2015, Ducey vetoed a bill requiring law enforcement agencies to withhold the names of police officers linked to gun-related casualties or deaths for two months after an incident occurs. Drafted with the support of police unions and state legislators from both sides of the aisle, SB 1445 aimed to protect police officers from the various types of threats they face in the wake of police use-of-force fiascoes such as the recent high-profile cases in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, which partly served as inspiration for the Arizona bill.[7] Critics of the bill included civil rights and media groups, who objected primarily to its effect on transparency, as well as local police chiefs, who worried about further backlash from already-hostile communities and giving up control over public and media relations in the event of a shooting incident.

Ducey was reportedly tight-lipped about where he stood on the issue in the run-up to the veto, which was his first since becoming governor in January. After rejecting the legislation, Ducey issued a written statement explaining that despite sympathizing with the spirit and intention of the proposal, "Unfortunately, I don’t believe this bill in its current form best achieves the objectives we share, and I worry it could result in unforeseen problems."[7][8]

Dispute with school superintendent

Ducey and State Superintendent of Schools Diane Douglas (R) debated the proposed firing of two employees of the Arizona Board of Education in February 2015. Douglas, who campaigned on eliminating Common Core standards from the state curriculum, sought to remove board employees Christine Thompson and Sabrina Vazquez on February 11. A letter sent by department legal counsel Stephen Tully indicated that the duo were fired for not reporting to Douglas rather than their efforts to stop the repeal of new standards.[9] Thompson and Vazquez were locked out of their offices until Ducey intervened on February 12, arguing that Douglas did not have power to remove board employees. The board also voted to restore Thompson and Vazquez on February 13, with Douglas as the only dissenting vote. Douglas countered that Ducey should not have intervened in the matter in a press release with the title, "Arizona Superintendent of Public Schools Diane Douglas Did Not See Doug Ducey's Name on the Ballot for State Superintendent." State Sen. Kelli Ward (R) has proposed a change to state law that would leave decisions on board personnel to other board members rather than the superintendent.[10][11]

State Treasurer (2011-2015)

Ducey was first elected state treasurer on November 2, 2010, and assumed office on January 3, 2011.[4] He decided not to seek a second term as treasurer, and ran successfully for the governorship in 2014.


Doug Ducey: "Direct Message" - Posted to YouTube at 4/29/14


See also Arizona Gubernatorial election, 2014

Ducey ran for Governor of Arizona in 2014.[12] He overtook seven Republican opponents to win the party's nomination in the August 26 primary election. He defeated Democrat Fred DuVal, Libertarian Barry J. Hess and a number of minor party and write-in opponents in the general election on November 4, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Governor of Arizona Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ducey 37.2% 200,607
Scott Smith 22.1% 119,107
Christine Jones 16.7% 89,922
Ken Bennett 11.5% 62,010
Andrew Thomas 8.1% 43,822
Frank Riggs 4.5% 24,168
Mike Aloisi (Write-in) 0% 27
Alice Lukasik (Write-in) 0% 27
Total Votes 539,690
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.
General election
Governor of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ducey 53.4% 805,062
     Democratic Fred DuVal 41.6% 626,921
     Libertarian Barry J. Hess 3.8% 57,337
     Americans Elect J.L. Mealer 1% 15,432
     Nonpartisan Write-ins 0.1% 1,664
Total Votes 1,506,416
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.


General election
Ducey vs. DuVal vs. Hess

Arizona Governor - General election match-ups
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)Barry J. Hess (L)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Hart-Yang (D)
February 3-6, 2014
The Arizona Republic
August 24-25, 2014
Terrance (R-Arizona Free Enterprise Club)
September 15-17, 2014
Keating (D-Restore Arizona's Future PAC)
September 17-19, 2014
Moore Information
October 7-8, 2014
American Encore
October 20-22, 2014
AVERAGES 38.33% 36.33% 6.83% 18.17% +/-4.15 532.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Ducey vs. Duval

Governor of Arizona - Ducey vs. DuVal
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
November 2013
Rasmussen Reports
August 27-28, 2014
New York Times/CBS/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
October 14-16, 2014
New York Times/CBS/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
AVERAGES 44.6% 38.8% 15% +/-1.2 1,587
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Primary polling
Republican primary

Arizona Governor - GOP Primary
Poll Ken Bennett Doug DuceyChristine JonesFrank RiggsScott SmithAndrew ThomasUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
June 25-26, 2014
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
Harper Polling
July 16-17, 2014
Arizona Automobile Dealers Association
August 15, 2014
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
AVERAGES 11% 28.83% 18.17% 1.83% 16.17% 6.33% 17.83% +/-3.04 845.33
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Republican primary

Arizona Governor - GOP primary
Poll Ken Bennett Christine JonesAl MelvinAndrew ThomasDoug DuceyScott SmithUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
(November 2013)
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Race background

Outside money in the gubernatorial race

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) and other outside groups supporting Doug Ducey (R) spent $3.4 million through mid-October on TV ads to portray Fred DuVal (D) as a puppet of lobbyists and special interests in Arizona. An analysis by The Republic showed that Ducey and DuVal were both recipients of significant campaign contributions from lobbyists. This analysis revealed that lobbyists contributed $185,000 to Ducey and $250,000 to DuVal by the report's publication on October 26. The Republic showed that 11 percent of DuVal's overall contributions in 2014 came from lobbyists, placing this analysis into context.[13]

Term limits for Gov. Brewer

Incumbent Jan Brewer (R) was term-limited from seeking re-election, leaving the seat open for the 2014 electoral cycle. The race was rated "Likely R" by The Cook Political Report, meaning Brewer would be succeeded by another Republican.[14] Meanwhile, Governing rated the general election between major party nominees Doug Ducey (R) and Fred DuVal (D) as a "Toss-up."[15]

Brewer was originally appointed to the position in 2009 and was elected once in 2010. Arizona's term limit laws preclude any individual who has occupied the governor's office during two consecutive terms from running for re-election. Brewer and some of her supporters asserted that the law does not adequately account for the conditions of Brewer's incomplete first term. Hints that Brewer would pursue an exemption from the term-limit law or otherwise attempt to circumvent the eligibility restriction began in November 2012 and persisted until March 2014. A crowded field of Republican hopefuls rushed into the race to replace Brewer as Arizona's chief executive official before the first filing window closed in May. Former Arizona Board of Regents President Fred DuVal earned an automatic pass to the general election as the sole Democratic Party entrant.

Heated Republican primary

The hotly contested GOP primary attracted several big names from government and the private sector, such as outgoing Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Mesa mayor Scott Smith and former executive vice president Christine Jones. Ducey looked to be the front-runner in the months leading up to the primary, owing to a consistent polling lead and strong name recognition, although Smith and Jones were close on his tail. After Ducey won the Republican primary on August 26, 2014, defeated challengers Thomas and Riggs immediately endorsed Ducey. Bennett, Smith and Jones, however, in an act that defied post-primary custom, all declined to give the nominee their automatic support. The trio of former candidates also skipped the Arizona Republican Party "unity breakfast" held the morning after election day. Explaining their reticence to the Arizona Republic the day after Ducey's primary victory, the recently eliminated contenders cited some unspecified "issues" with some of Ducey's stances and their lingering skepticism over Ducey's account of his role in a legal dispute stemming from the 2007 sale of Cold Stone Creamery.[16] In the subsequent weeks, all three came around to backing Ducey for the general election.[17]

Rounding out the ballot

With all eyes trained on the GOP contest in the final stretch of the primary campaign season, the number of minor-party and unaffiliated contenders who qualified or were in the process of qualifying for placement on the November 4 ballot swelled to 17. After the primary, Ducey joined DuVal and this diverse pool of lesser known candidates seeking to fill the open governor's seat.[18][19]


September 29 debate

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission hosted a debate featuring Doug Ducey (R), Fred DuVal (D), Barry J. Hess (L) and Americans Elect candidate J.L. Mealer. The four candidates divided into separate camps over the state's expansion of a health-insurance program for low-income residents. Ducey opposed the expansion prior to implementation, but would allow continuation of the expansion over a three-year period where the federal government provides matching funds. Hess also expressed reservations about the program, arguing that he would cut the program because its success has led to excessive tax increases. DuVal and Mealer voiced support for the expansion, with DuVal noting that repeal would be burdensome not only to patients but the state economy.[20]

The debate also highlighted differences among the major party candidates over driver's licenses for young adults who came to the United States without proper documentation. Gov. Jan Brewer has blocked issuance of licenses to this group and Ducey would continue the policy if elected. DuVal called the governor's actions "mean-spirited" and suggested that repealing the prohibition would be his first act as governor.[20]

Campaign themes

Ducey's 2014 gubernatorial campaign platform focused on reforming the state economy and tax code as well as improving Arizona's education system.[3]


Ducey was elected to the treasurer's office on November 2, 2010, defeating Democrat Andrei Cherny and two others in the general election. He was then sworn into office on January 3, 2011.[4]

Arizona Treasurer, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ducey 51.9% 859,672
     Democratic Andrei Cherny 41.4% 685,865
     Green Thomas Meadows 2.8% 46,115
     Libertarian Thane Eichenauer 4% 66,166
Total Votes 1,657,818
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Doug Ducey is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Doug Ducey raised a total of $1,212,115 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 5, 2013.[21]

Doug Ducey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona Treasurer Not up for election $18,853
2010 Arizona Treasurer Won $1,193,262
Grand Total Raised $1,212,115

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Doug Ducey's donors each year.[22] Click [show] for more information.


Ducey and his wife, Angela Ducey, have three sons, Jack, Joe and Sam.[4]

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  1. Doug Ducey for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 1, 2013
  2. Office of the Arizona State Treasurer, "Doug Ducey, State Treasurer," accessed June 7, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 East Valley Tribune, State treasurer Doug Ducey files paperwork to explore Ariz governor run, July 23, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Office of the Arizona State Treasurer, "Doug Ducey," accessed May 15, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 International Business Times, "Arizona Gay Adoption: Republican Governor Doug Ducey Allows State's LGBT Couples To Parent Foster Children Again," April 23, 2015
  6. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The New York Times, "Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill to Shield Police Names," March 30, 2015
  8. Arizona Public Media, "Ducey Vetoes Bill Keeping Police Officers' Names Secret," March 31, 2015
  9. 12 News & The Arizona Republic, "Fired Arizona Department of Education leaders return to work," February 18, 2015
  10. 12 News & The Arizona Republic, "Proposed bill could settle Douglas-Ducey spat," February 20, 2015
  11. Arizona Daily Star, "AZ schools superintendent not ready for prime time," February 14, 2015
  12. Arizona Republic, "All eyes on 2014 governor race," November 11, 2012
  13., "Lobbyists aid campaigns of Doug Ducey, Fred DuVal," October 26, 2014
  14. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014
  15. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  16. The Arizona Republic, "Ducey's key GOP rivals in no rush to end," August 29, 2014
  17., "Defeated candidates for GOP nomination back Ducey," September 4, 2014
  18. The New York Times, "Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona Won’t Seek Re-election," March 12, 2014
  19. Arizona Republic, "Kanefield: Constitution clears Brewer to pursue another term," November 15, 2012
  20. 20.0 20.1 12 News & The Arizona Republic, "Governor candidates debate Arizona highs, lows," September 30, 2014
  21. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Dough Ducey," July 5, 2013
  22. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan Brewer (R)
Arizona Governor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dean Martin (R)
Arizona Treasurer
Succeeded by
Jeff DeWit (R)