Terry Goddard

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Terry Goddard
Terry Goddard.jpg
Former candidate for
Arizona Secretary of State
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Attorney General of Arizona
Bachelor'sHarvard University (1969)
J.D.Arizona State University College of Law (1976)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1970-1972
Date of birthJanuary 29, 1947
Place of birthTucson, Arizona
ReligionUnitarian Universalist
Samuel Pearson "Terry" Goddard, III (born January 29, 1947, in Tucson, Arizona) is a former Democratic Attorney General of Arizona, serving from 2002 until 2010.

Goddard was a candidate for Arizona Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1][2] He announced his bid for the office in late December 2013, and was uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. He faced Republican Michele Reagan in the general election. Terry Goddard lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Goddard is the son of Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr., who briefly served as Governor of Arizona in the 1960's, and he has three times sought the chance to follow in his father's footsteps- he ran in the 1990, 1994 and 2010 gubernatorial elections.[3] In 1990, Goddard made his first successful attempt at the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He was ultimately defeated in a runoff election by Fife Symington, who eventually resigned from the governor’s office in 1997 in the midst of his second term following accusations of bank fraud. Goddard's second bid, in 1994, was less successful; he lost in the primary to Eddie Basha, Jr. After the loss, Goddard served as the state director for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, a role he maintained until 2002. In the 2010 primary, Goddard ran unchallenged and officially received the party nomination for governor.[4] He went on to lose the contest to Republican incumbent Jan Brewer in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Goddard first entered ventured onto the Arizona political stage in 1982, calling upon members of the Phoenix City Council, all of whom had been elected from districts, to convert to a new system by which they would be chosen by citywide voters. This, in turn, increased the representation of urban minorities within the council, allowing them to elect individuals from their home areas. It is in large part to his efforts to get this measure passed that resulted in him being elected Mayor of Phoenix in 1984. Goddard remained in that position until 1990, being re-elected four times in the process.


Goddard was born in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in American history from Harvard University in 1969, and went on to earn his J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law in 1976.

Prior to receiving his law degree, Goddard joined the United States Navy and served a two-year active tour of duty term. Upon graduating from law school, he practiced private law as an assistant to the Arizona Attorney General's Office, targeting white collar crimes, until 1982.

Other roles:

  • President/Board Member, National League of Cities (1985-1990)
  • Board, United States Conference of Mayors (1985-1990)
  • Trustee, National Trust for Historic Preservation (1992-2001)
  • Board Member, Arizona Theater Company (1992-present)
  • Board Member, Benton Foundation (1999-present)
  • Board Member, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (1995-1999)
  • Board, Central Arizona Project (2001-2003)
  • Board Member, Arizona Housing, Incorporated
  • Board Member, Kronos Longevity Research Institute
  • Board Member, Meta Services


  • Bachelor's degree in American history - Harvard University (1969)
  • Juris Doctorate - Arizona State University College of Law (1976)

Political career

Attorney General (2002-2010)

Goddard ran successfully for Attorney General in 2002, receiving over fifty percent of the popular vote.

As attorney general, Goddard directed the office's attention toward cracking down on cyber crimes, predatory lending, consumer fraud and false advertising. Notable cases include prosecution of Property Tax Review Board, Inc., a California-based company Goddard claimed was attempting "to scam homeowners who were looking to reduce their property tax bill" by suggesting their property was qualified for a property tax reduction review and a $5 million in restitution suit “alleging deceptive business and debt litigation practices against national payday lender Quik Cash.”[5][6] Goddard was also a proponent of the Arizona Meth Project, a large-scale prevention program aimed at significantly reducing first-time meth use through the use of public service messaging, public policy initiatives and community outreach. He claimed that thanks to the program the state has successfully "cut the use by teenagers of methamphetamines in half in just two years."[7]



See also: Arizona secretary of state election, 2014

Goddard ran for Arizona Secretary of State in 2014. He sought the Democratic nomination unopposed in the August 26 primary.[2] He was defeated by Republican Michele Regan in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Secretary of State of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Reagan 52.2% 779,226
     Democratic Terry Goddard 47.8% 712,918
Total Votes 1,492,144
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.


See also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 2010

After launching an exploratory committee several months before, Goddard made his entry into the Arizona gubernatorial election official on January 22, 2010.[3] Prior to becoming the attorney general, he had twice failed to be elected to the state's executive office despite being the son of a former governor. Goddard remained the only Democratic candidate vying for the position and therefore automatically claimed the party's nomination in the race.[4]

Terry Goddard for Governor Campaign logo

A Rasmussen poll published in late-January 2010 showed that in a head-to-head match-up with the top two Republican candidates Arizona gubernatorial contest, out of the ten who had announced their entry into the primary race, Goddard stood the best chance of success against incumbent Jan Brewer, former Arizona Secretary of State who became governor of the state following the resignation of Janet Napolitano in January 2009.[8] His lead over Brewer, however, was only by two percentage points, well within the margin of error.[9]

But then in April 2010, around the time the state's anti-illegal immigration measure, SB 1070, began making national headlines, the contest started tipping in Brewer's favor.[10] From that point on Goddard was never able to regain the momentum he once had at the begin. On election day, he lost to Brewer by double-digit percentage points.



See also: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

The June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the embattled liberal political organization, ACORN, gave Goddard an A letter grade. The report was published to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," so says the group.[11] The grade distributed to the individual attorneys general "generally broke down along party lines," with the exception of Louisiana's Buddy Caldwell.[12]

Resign-To-Run violation

John Paul Mitchell, an independent candidate who ran for governor of Arizona in 2010, accused Attorney General Goddard of making "a severe violation" of the state's resign-to-run law when he filed paperwork to form an exploratory committee, the first step in an expected run for the governor's seat in November 2010. Arizona's resign-to-run law, approved by the voters in 1980, "prohibits statewide elected officials from declaring candidacy for other offices before the end of their term’s last year."[13] Goddard called the claim a "political stunt" and argues the law does not apply to exploratory committees.

Healthcare reform

See also: State Attorneys General Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

Republican Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer was expected to call a special session of the State Legislature to request permission to sue the federal government on the state's behalf over the federal health care reform measure's mandate requiring every individual in the country to purchase insurance. The reasoning behind this was that Terry Goddard, the Democratic State Attorney General, had chosen not to join fourteen other states in filing suit against the federal government over health care reform, believing the litigation to have "little chance of prevailing." Both Brewer and Goddard were candidates in the 2010 state's gubernatorial race - Goddard the Democratic nominee as opposed to Brewer who faced a heavily competitive Republican primary contest.[14]

Speaking in late-March 2010 at the Tucson Tea Party sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, both State Representative Vic Williams and State Senator Al Melvin vowed to include the state of Arizona in the fight against the federal mandate on health care. With the special session of the State Legislature, they intended to give Brewer the authority to request that Attorney General Goddard investigate the legality of a suit against the federal legislation; if he refused again, they would give her the authority to sue on the state's behalf instead.[15][16] Goddard referred to this special session of the State Legislature as a "shameful stunt to score political points and to divert attention from the very serious financial problems that Arizona faced."[17]

On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, both the Arizona State Senate Judiciary Committee and the State House Appropriations Committee voted, strictly on party lines, in favor of granting Governor Jan Brewer's request to give her the authority to challenge the federal health care overhaul in court.[18]

Illegal immigration

Two days after the Arizona State Senate passed Senate Bill 1070 - The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, more commonly known as Arizona SB 1070, State Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Terry Goddard came out strongly in opposition to the measure. The Act, which, at the time, still awaited the signature of Governor Jan Brewer before officially becoming law, made it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying proper citizenship papers required by federal law, authorized state and local law enforcement of federal immigration laws, and cracked down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens into the United States. Goddard argued that not only did SB 1070 do "nothing to improve border security or address the core issues of illegal immigration," but it would "take law enforcement resources away from stopping more serious crimes."[19] He expressed hope that Governor Brewer would veto the legislation.

On Friday, April 23, 2010, SB 1070 received the signature of Governor Brewer and became state law; the measure went into effect on Wednesday, July 28. A month later, Goddard met with United States Attorney General Eric Holder to try and persuade the federal government not to file suit against the state in order to stop SB 1070 from being enforced. While Arizona's top law enforcer vowed a "vigorous defense if the Justice Department sued the state over the new law," conservative critics questioned his motives, believing that he wanted to court Hispanic voters for his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.[20]

Governor Brewer, believing there to be a conflict of interest for the State Attorney General over the issue, "suspended him from performing any work related to the law."[21] She sent a formal letter to his office on Monday, June 14, 2010, requesting that he step aside on the matter and that she had "already hired outside counsel from the Phoenix law firm Snell & Wilmer to defend her in the suits" filed by the Obama administration and other opponents of the anti-illegal immigration law.[22][23] Though he promised to defend a law he disagrees with, as he had done in the past, he formally withdrew from participating in the suits on Friday, June 18, 2010.[24][25]


See also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Governor - Democratic Primary[4]
    • Terry Goddard ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Governor - General Election[26]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jan Brewer 54.6%
     Democratic Party Terry Goddard 42.2%
     Libertarian Party Barry J. Hess 2.2%
     Green Party Larry Gist 0.9%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,576,707


  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[27]
    • Terry Goddard ran unopposed in this contest
2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election[28]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Terry Goddard 60.2%
     Republican Party Bill Montgomery 39.8%
Total Votes 1,494,324


  • 2002 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[29]
    • Terry Goddard ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election[30]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Terry Goddard 51.9%
     Republican Party Andrew P. Thomas 45.0%
     Libertarian Party Ed Kahn 3.1%
Total Votes 1,201,343

Campaign contributions

2006 Race for Attorney General - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $261,479
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $263,302
Top 5 Contributors Public Fund $238,467 (91.20% of Total)
A. J. Pfister $120 (0.05%)
Tom Chauncey $120 (0.05%)
Paul Durham $120 (0.05%)
Allison Bertrand $120 (0.05%)
Individuals v. Institutions N/A
In v. Outside State $260,847 (99.3%)
$1,774 (0.7%)


Goddard currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Monica, and their son, Kevin. He is also a practicing Unitarian Universalist.

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  1. Verde News, "Former AG Goddard to run for Arizona Secretary of State," January 2, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arizona Capitol-Times, "Goddard will run for secretary of state," December 30, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 KGUN - Channel 9 "Terry Goddard officially a candidate for governor" 24 Jan. 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  5. Arizona RealEstateRama, "Terry Goddard Files Lawsuit to Stop Alleged Property Tax Scam" 17 Aug. 2009
  6. KGUN 9 "Terry Goddard Sues Major Payday Lender for Deceptive Practices" 9 Dec. 2009 (dead link)
  7. Washington Post, "A Conversation With Terry Goddard, Attorney General of Arizona" 5 April, 2009
  8. National Review Online, "Arizona's New Republican Governor... Jan Brewer? Thanks, President-Elect Obama" 20 Nov. 2008
  9. Rasmussen Reports, "Governor of Arizona: Martin (R) Runs Best Against Goddard (D)" 25 Jan. 2010
  10. Rasmussen Reports, "Election 2010: Governor of Arizona: Goddard Loses Ground to All GOP Hopefuls" 21 April, 2010
  11. ACORN "Attorneys General Take Action: Real Leadership in Fighting Foreclosures" June 2008
  12. Majority in Mississippi, "Jim Hood Received An “A” From ACORN In 2008" 17 Sept. 2009
  13. Freedom Arizona, "Terry Goddard Violates Resign-To-Run Law" 6 Nov. 2009
  14. The Arizona Republic, "Brewer, Goddard divided on suing feds" 25 March, 2010
  15. YouTube, "Arizona to Sue Over Obamacare" 25 March, 2010
  16. Hot Air, "AZ AG refuses to file suit against individual mandate" 26 March, 2010
  17. KPHO Phoenix, "Goddard Blasts Brewer On Healthcare" 29 March, 2010 (dead link)
  18. INO.com News, "Ariz. Senate committee approves health care suit" 31 March, 2010
  19. KSAZ FOX 10 "Arizona AG Against Immigration Enforcement Bill" 21 April, 2010
  20. Phoenix New Times, "Terry Goddard to Eric Holder: Don't Sue Us Over SB 1070, Pretty-Please" 28 May, 2010
  21. Town Hall, "Ariz. Governor Suspends Democratic Attorney General Who Doesn't Want To Enforce Immigration Law" 2 June, 2010
  22. AZ Central, "Brewer asks Goddard not to defend immigration law" 14 June, 2010
  23. Hot Air, "Arizona’s Democratic attorney general withdraws from defending immigration law" 18 June, 2010
  24. AZ Central, "Goddard withdraws as lawyer in immigration suits" 18 June, 2010
  25. Phoenix New Times, "Obama To Sue, Terry Goddard Withdraws over SB 1070" 18 June, 2010
  26. Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  27. Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results of 2006 Primary Election
  28. Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results of 2006 General Election
  29. Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results of 2002 Primary Election
  30. Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results 2002 General Election

Political offices
Preceded by
Janet Napolitano
Arizona Attorney General
Succeeded by
Tom Horne