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  Mahoney, Dick
<-  2006-01-01  
NameDick Mahoney
Address1620 N. 11th AVE.
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-1712, United States
Website [Link]
Born May 28, 1951 (70 years)
Last ModifedRBH
May 24, 2018 05:00pm
Tags Divorced - Catholic -
Info Dick Mahoney is the former Secretary of State here in Arizona (1991-95) and a fourth-generation Arizonan. Board member, Central Arizona Water Conservation District. Professor at Thunderbird (1980-2001). His grandfather was a founder of the state, a decorated sheriff of Mohave County, and as state senator wrote into law the first minimum wage law for women. His father, a United States ambassador under John F. Kennedy, desegregated Arizona's public schools a year before the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Dick is one of the leading historians in the United States on the Kennedys. His recent book, Sons and Brothers: The Days of Jack and Bobby Kennedy, was both a critical and a sales success. Dick was the John F. Kennedy Scholar at the University of Massachusetts and is professor emeritus at American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) where he was awarded the most outstanding professor by 23 graduating classes over the course of his 21 years at Thunderbird. He has degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D.) and Arizona State University (J.D.).

Dick has spearheaded four statewide initiatives in the past 5 years (three successfully), and is making a run for governor as an independent. Polls already show Mahoney in a solid position to become Arizona's next governor. He is 51 years old and lives with his daughter, Molly (aged 14) in Phoenix.


Richard D. Mahoney received his A.B. at Princeton University in history (magna cum laude), Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies in international relations, and his J.D. from Arizona State University.

Mahoney is the former John F. Kennedy Scholar at the University of Massachusetts and has lectured as a visiting professor at Templeton College (Oxford University), The JFK School of Government (Harvard University), the Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade, and the Universidad del Pacifico (Quito, Ecuador). He is professor emeritus at Thunderbird (The American Graduate School of International Management) where on 19 occasions, the graduate classes voted him "Outstanding Professor."

Mahoney is the author of two books on the Kennedy administration: JFK: Ordeal in Africa (1983: Oxford University Press) and Sons and Brothers, The Days of Jack and Bobby Kennedy (1999: Arcade) as well as numerous articles and monographs on presidential history, foreign policy, international trade, and political risk. He has also published a volume of poetry in Spanish entitled Pétalos (1995: Editorial Tulum). Mahoney is fluent in Spanish, English and French and has written and taught in those languages.

In addition to his academic work, Mahoney formed a foundation, Nuestra Familia, in 1998 that started social entrepreneurship projects (the creation of small profit centers that fund social justice and human development) in two Latin American countries.

Mahoney was elected Secretary of State of Arizona in 1990 and ran for the United States Senate in 1994 and governor in 2002. He also served as chief speechwriter in the presidential campaigns of Senators Gary Hart and Paul Simon. Mahoney, is a fourth generation Arizonan.

In 1988, Mahoney and his then-spouse, Mary Jo West, adopted a baby from Santa Rosa de Cop·n, Honduras, an adoption arranged personally by Mother Teresa of Calcutta who later visited her namesake in Phoenix in 1989. Maria Teresa (or Molly) is now sixteen years old and lives in Phoenix.



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  11/05/2002 AZ Governor Lost 6.93% (-39.26%)
  09/13/1994 AZ US Senate - D Primary Lost 32.10% (-0.05%)
  11/06/1990 AZ Secretary of State Won 58.58% (+17.16%)
  09/11/1990 AZ Secretary of State - D Primary Won 56.93% (+13.86%)
AZ-1998-Proposition 202 (I.R.S. Pledge) - Nov 03, 1998 YES Yes
AZ Attorney General - Nov 03, 1998 R Tom McGovern
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 1988 D Paul M. Simon
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 1984 D Gary Hart