Institute of Politics

Doug Ducey

Former Governor of Arizona

  • Winter Quarter

    Visiting Pritzker Fellow

    Feb 26-27

Governor Doug Ducey was elected as Arizona's 23rd governor in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 with more votes than anyone in state history. Upon election, Arizona had a $1 billion deficit and a sluggish economy. Today, Arizona has a record surplus, a balanced budget and a booming economy. That’s no coincidence. Governor Ducey has eliminated overburdensome regulations, fostered the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, and reformed taxes every year he’s been in office—including signing the largest income tax cut in state history. Beginning January 1, 2023 Arizona will enjoy the lowest flat-tax in the nation at 2.5%. Throughout his administration, Governor Ducey has prioritized education. Since he took office, Arizona has invested over $11 billion into K-12 education and brought per-pupil funding to a record high. He has also positioned Arizona as a national leader in school choice and civics education. Even with record investments and historic tax cuts, Governor Ducey has found a way to ensure Arizona’s insulated from future downturns, adding $1 billion to the state’s Rainy Day Fund, along with an additional $1 billion in his final session to safeguard Arizona’s water future through augmentation.

Currently serving as CEO of Citizens For Free Enterprise he is a former businessman and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery who began his career at Procter & Gamble and served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He has 3 sons, Jack, Joe and Sam and has been married to his wife Angela for 33 years and resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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