Doug Ducey

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Doug Ducey
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Treasurer of Arizona
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Governor Jan Brewer
Preceded by Dean Martin
Personal details
Born (1964-04-09) April 9, 1964 (age 50)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Angela Ducey
Children Jack
Alma mater Arizona State University
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Government website

Doug Ducey (born April 9, 1964) is the 32nd State Treasurer of the U.S. State of Arizona. He is a member of the Republican Party, and was sworn in on January 3, 2011. Prior to serving in elected office, Ducey served as the CEO of Cold Stone Creamery before selling the company in 2007, along with his business partner. He also worked at Procter & Gamble, as well as a local Anheuser-Busch distributor during his time in college.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Ducey moved to Arizona in 1982 to attend Arizona State University where he also met his wife, Angela, and received a B.S. in Finance. In early 2014, Ducey announced his intention to run for Governor of Arizona, securing the backing of many top conservative leaders and business organizations. On August 26, 2014 Ducey became the Republican nominee for the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial election.[1]

Early life & education[edit]

Ducey was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and moved to Arizona in 1982 to attend Arizona State University. While in college, he worked at a local Anheuser-Busch distributor, Hensley & Co. He graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Business career[edit]

After graduating from ASU, he joined Procter & Gamble and began a career in sales and marketing. While there, he was trained in management, preparing him for his role as partner and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery.[2] When he and his business partner sold the company in 2007, Cold Stone had grown from a local scoop shop to more than 1,400 locations in all 50 states and 10 countries. He then became the lead investor and served as Chairman of the Board for iMemories from 2008-2012.

Ducey is a Trustee for the Arizona State University Foundation. He currently serves on the Board for the Banner Health Foundation and the St. John's Jesuit High School Council. He is also a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds and the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society. He has served as a past President for both the Arizona chapter of Young Entrepreneurs' Organization and the Greater Phoenix Economic Club. Ducey is a former Regional Board Member for Teach for America, and former Advisory Board Member for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Ducey has also served as a Board Member for the Arizona State Charter School Board, Thunderbird Charities, Phoenix Zoo and the Arizona chapter of Young Presidents Organization. He is a past member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, CEO Forum and the Enterprise Network, as well as a past co-chair for the Sojourner Center Capital Campaign and a former Scholarship Board Member for the Catholic Community Foundation.

Ducey's honors include the 2002 Spirit of Enterprise Award on behalf of Cold Stone Creamery by the Center for the Advancement of Small Business at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and induction into the W.P. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2006 he was awarded the MUFSO Golden Chain Award – the nation’s highest honor for restaurateurs. Also in 2006 he was named an Entrepreneurial Fellow for the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. In 2007 Doug was honored with the AFP Spirit of Philanthropy Award, and in 2009 he was named Father of the Year by the Father’s Day Council benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Most recently, in 2012 Doug was given the Tom and Madena Stewart Lifetime Compassion Award by Make-A-Wish Arizona for creating the World’s Largest Ice Cream Social while serving as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery.

Political career[edit]

State Treasurer[edit]

In 2011, Ducey was elected as State Treasurer of Arizona replacing Dean Martin. As Arizona’s Chief Banker and Investment Officer, Treasurer Ducey oversees more than $12 billion in state assets and serves as an investment manager for local governments. The Treasurer also serves as the Chairman of Arizona’s State Board of Investment, and State Loan Commission. He serves as the State’s Surveyor General and is a member of the State Land Selection Board. Ducey also serves as the Western Region Vice President for the National Association of State Treasurers, and is the President of the Western State Treasurers' Association.

2014 campaign for Governor of Arizona[edit]

Ducey accepting his party's nomination for Governor of Arizona on August 26, 2014.

In July 2013, Doug Ducey officially filed the paperwork necessary to explore the possibility of running for Governor.[3] On February 19, 2014, Ducey formally announced his intentions to seek the office, and establish his campaign at a rally in downtown Phoenix, along with his wife and three sons.[4]

He has received the endorsement of several conservative leaders, including Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, as well as Governor Scott Walker and former Senator Jon Kyl. After participating in a competitive primary, Ducey won the Republican nomination for Governor of Arizona in the 2014 election on August 26, 2014, and was subsequently endorsed by his predecessor, Governor Jan Brewer, along with both Senator John McCain and Jeff Flake, and the Republican congressional delegation. Ducey has also been endorsed by several organizations including Arizona Right to Life, Concerned Women for America and the Small Business Alliance.

The general election will take place on November 4, 2014, where Ducey will face the Democratic Party nominee for Governor, Fred DuVal, as well as Libertarian Party nominee Barry Hess.

Personal life[edit]

While attending Arizona State University, Ducey met his wife, Angela, and they currently reside in Paradise Valley, where they are raising their three sons, Jack, Joe and Sam.


  1. ^ Santos, Fernanda (August 26, 2014). "Arizona Treasurer Wins G.O.P. Primary for Governor". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Linda Bentley, Field of six vying for governor in Republican Primary, Sonoran News, August 06, 2014
  3. ^ "State treasurer Doug Ducey files paperwork to explore Ariz governor run". East Valley Tribune. July 23, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ DeLaney, Melissa (February 19, 2014). "Doug Ducey Will Run for Arizona Governor in 2014". Reuters. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 

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Jan Brewer
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