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  Gordon, Phil
NamePhil Gordon
Phoenix, Arizona , United States
Born April 18, 1951 (70 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Jul 17, 2008 04:28pm
InfoPhil Gordon was elected Mayor of Phoenix on Sept. 9, 2003, with 72 percent of the popular vote. Born in Chicago on April 18, 1951 to Sid and Judy Gordon, he is the oldest of three children and the only one to venture into the public service arena.

In the mid-1950's, the Gordon family left Illinois and moved to Phoenix where Phil attended Madison Meadows Elementary and Middle School and Central High School. Majoring in education, he attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. After earning his undergraduate degree, Gordon entered Arizona State University School of Law and graduated cum laude.

Gordon has worn many professional hats since entering the workforce. He has taught school, served on the Madison School Board, was chairman of Landiscor, the aerial photography company, and served as chief of staff to Mayor Skip Rimsza.

Before serving in elected office, Gordon was a leader in the movement to revitalize, preserve and redevelop central Phoenix. His efforts resulted in a vital central city and accolades from groups such as the Governor's Office, Valley Forward Association and Arizona State Architecture Guild.

After serving as chief of staff for Mayor Rimsza, Gordon's interest in Phoenix became his incentive to seek public office. Pledging to fight crime and preserve neighborhoods, he entered the race for Phoenix City Council in the district that had been his home since childhood. In 1997, he was elected to represent the constituents of District 4, and re-elected to Phoenix City Council in 2000.

As a councilman, Gordon spearheaded legislation, now commonly known as Shannon's Law, making it a felony to discharge a firearm within city limits. With Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, he founded and chaired the Slumlord Task Force, which produced legislation to aid in the fight against neglectful and criminal landlords.

Gordon has been chair of the Arizona Child Occupant Protection Task Force, the task force charged with establishing the standards for instructors/technicians for the coordinating child occupant protection programs for the state. He also has served as chair of M.A.N. (Men's Anti-Violence Network), an organization to fight domestic violence and was named 2003 Man of the Year by M.A.N. Gordon also serves on the Voice for Crime Victims Board, an organization that preserves and protects constitutional rights of crime victims.

He is past chairman of the Neighborhood Block Watch Grant Committee, Central City Village Planning Committee, Phoenix Planning Commission and the Downtown Village Planning Committee. He also served as member of the board for the Orpheum Theatre Foundation, Downtown YMCA, Phoenix Ballet Company and Roosevelt Action Association. Gordon currently serves as a thought leader on the Chrysalis Shelters Advisory Board.

Gordon is married to Christa Severns and has four children, David, Jeff, Rachel and Jacob.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
01/28/2011-01/30/2011 Public Policy Polling 19.00% ( 0.0) 37.00% ( 0.0) 44.00% ( 0.0)
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08/10/2008-08/15/2008 Rocky Mountain News 53.00% ( 0.0) 14.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 02, 2009 11:00am News Mayor Gordon, wife filing for divorce  Article Thomas Walker 
Nov 21, 2008 08:00am News Phx Mayor Phil Gordon caught by red light photo-camera  Article Thomas Walker 
Jul 17, 2008 04:00pm General Flashy Gordon  Article Thomas Walker 
Jul 09, 2008 05:00pm General Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Named “Best Mayor in North America”  Article Thomas Walker 
Jul 09, 2008 04:00pm General Did (Phil) Gordon recall group reach its goal?  Article Thomas Walker 

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  09/09/2003 Mayor - Phoenix, AZ Won 71.86% (+43.72%)
  09/11/2001 Phoenix City Council 04 Won 90.48% (+80.95%)
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