Doug Ducey is the incumbent Governor of Arizona. He took the office on January 5, 2015 as a successor of Jan Brewer. Formerly, he was the Treasurer of Arizona (2011 – 2015) and the CEO of Cold Stone Brewery.
Early Life and Education
Doug Ducey was born on April 9, 1964 to Madeline Scott and Douglas Roscoe in Toledo, Ohio. When Ducey was 9, his family suffered a tragic divorce. Hence, he had to leave his father and stay with mother’s new husband Michael Ducey. Doug’s last name was changed to Ducey.
For early education, Ducey went to St. John’s Jesuit High School. Then, he joined the Arizona State University for a degree in Finance. while at the college, Ducey worked at Hensley & Co.
Doug Ducey is married to Angela Ducey and the couple has three children.
Graduating from the Arizona State University and leaving the job at Hensley & Co., Doug Ducey went to sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble. Soon, he built up his own company called Cold Stone Creamery and gradually expanded to all 50 states in the US and 10 countries around the world. As of 2007, the company was spread worldwide over 1400 locations. After leaving the Cold Stone Creamery, Ducey has moved from organization to organization and held several important posts. He was President of the Young Entrepreneur’s Organisation and Greater Phoenix Economic Club. Besides, he had memberships of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona State Charter School Board, Phoenix Zoo, Thunderbird Charities and CEO Forum and the Enterprise Network.
Alongside business, Ducey has always stuck himself to Republican political ideologies. As a successful businessman and a graduate in finance, Ducey ascended the post of State Treasurer in 2011. As a successor of Dean Martin, Ducey served under Governor Jan Brewer and helped him formulate appropriate economic policies. A favorite of many political figures, Ducey decided to bid for 2014 gubernatorial election and was subsequently endorsed by Ted Cruz, Jan Brewer, John McCain and Scott Walker. On November 4, 2014, he had an easy victory against Fred DuVal.
Assuming the office on January 5, 2015, Governor Ducey has formulated several policies, apparently in favor of Ducey. He introduced a bill that would require every citizen to pass the US Citizenship test. Likewise, Ducey also vetoed against the rights of livestock animals and power of police to establish traffic citation quotas. Ducey also apparently misused his authority by stripping some leadership positions off their power to fire employees. This incident was triggered after Tim Jeffries fired over 400 employees from Arizona Department of Economic Security.
As per AZ Economy, Arizona state’s personal income is currently growing at a rate of 3.7% and the retail sales is growing by 2.4%. Likewise, the residential permits rose to 24% in 2016, although the population was estimated to have only grown by about 1.1%.
Trump and Ducey
US President Donald Trump and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey are two Republican leaders who barely comment on each other. However, Ducey was seen at the Republican National Convention speaking in favor of Trump-Pence presidential campaign. The Governor also attended Trump’s inaugural ceremony. Recently, Doug Ducey proposed a trillion-dollar infrastructure development program in Arizona.