Ben McAdams

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Ben McAdams
Mayor of Salt Lake County
Assumed office
January 2013
Deputy Nichole Dunn
Preceded by Peter Corroon
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 2009 – January 2013
Preceded by Scott McCoy
Succeeded by Jim Dabakis
Personal details
Born (1974-12-05) December 5, 1974 (age 40)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Julie
Alma mater University of Utah
Columbia University
Religion Mormonism

Ben McAdams (born December 5, 1974) is an American politician and attorney from Utah. A Democrat, he is the Salt Lake County Mayor, a position he has held since January 2013. Formerly, McAdams was a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 2nd senate district in Salt Lake County including Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake City and a portion of West Valley.


McAdams has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah[1] and a JD from Columbia Law School. He subsequently worked as an associate at the New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell in corporate finance and as the Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs for Salt Lake City under Mayor Ralph Becker.[2] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Political career[edit]

McAdams was elected to replace Scott McCoy in a special election on December 19, 2009[3] and was subsequently elected to a four-year term on November 2, 2010.

In March 2011, his attempt to propose a bill against workplace discrimination for gays and lesbians was rejected.[4][5]

In November 2011, McAdams announced his campaign to succeed Peter Corroon as mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah.[6] On November 6, 2012, Ben McAdams was elected with 54% of the vote, defeating Republican nominee Mark Crockett.[7]


  1. ^ Roche, Lisa Riley. "New Utah state senator Ben MAdams is youthful but not naive". Deseret News. Deseret News. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ [ Salt Lake City Mayor's Office Executive Staff]
  3. ^ [ Democrats tap McAdams for Seat in Legislature]
  4. ^ Editors, 'Utah: No Hearing on LGBT Rights', in The Advocate, March 2, 2011 []
  5. ^ Robert Gehrke, 'Senate: No hearing for anti-discrimination bill', in The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb 28, 2011 []
  6. ^ [ State Sen. Ben McAdams officially enters race for Salt Lake County mayor]
  7. ^ "Ben McAdams wins Salt Lake County mayor’s race". Salt Lake Tribune. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Corroon
Mayor of Salt Lake County