Rodney Glassman

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Rodney Glassman
City Councilperson for Tucson, Arizona
In office
Personal details
Born Rodney Britz Glassman
(1978-05-07) May 7, 1978 (age 37)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sasha Glassman
Alma mater University of Arizona
Website Rodney Glassman for United States Senate

Rodney Britz Glassman[1] (born May 7, 1978) is an American businessman, author, and politician from Arizona.

He serves in the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) of the United States Air Force.[2]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Glassman was born and raised in Fresno, California.[3] For high school, he went to Lake Forest Academy, an elite prep school in Illinois, and graduated in 1996. He moved to Arizona in 1997 to manage his family's faltering Ice Rink business.[4] In the meantime, he pursued undergraduate and advanced degrees at the University of Arizona. Glassman received both a J.D. and Ph.D. (in Arid Land Resource Sciences) from the University of Arizona.[5] In 2007, he ran for City Council of Tucson and won with more than 60% of the vote.[6]

He serves as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.[7] Glassman represents the U.S. government in military legal matters, and he serves as legal representation for active duty members, retired members, and veterans from all branches of the military in civil law and military justice.[citation needed]

Glassman established the Glassman Foundation, which has raised over $1 million for charities that serve underprivileged children.[citation needed] The Glassman Foundation has teamed with several Southern Arizona groups that serve children to launch events such as the annual An Evening of Love Songs, the Glassman Foundation Youth Expo, the Glassman Foundation Gentleman’s Roast, the South of 45 Breakfast Club, KB Home Tucson Putt Putt Open, the Ante Up for Kids Poker Tournament, and various other events.[8]

For three years, Glassman served on the Arizona Farm Bureau and helped reconstitute the Pima County Farm Bureau. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pima Council on Aging,[9] Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education,[10] and the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation.[11]

Tucson City Council[edit]

Glassman served on the City Council of the City of Tucson, Arizona, from 2007 to 2010.[12]

During his time on the Tucson City Council, Glassman gained national attention by championing environmentally friendly legislation. Glassman worked to tackle Tucson’s water shortage by championing the nation’s first-ever rainwater ordinance, which now requires new commercial development to harvest and re-use rainwater.[13] He also brought the council together to unanimously require that new Tucson homes include graywater plumbing systems to reuse water for landscaping.[14]

Glassman's other accomplishments include his work in reducing the bureaucracy necessary for Solar Generating Plants to be established in Tucson,[15] supporting efforts to get electricity turned back on in foreclosed homes to help speed up the sale of Tucson’s glutted housing stock,[16] and working with community leaders to create and raise over $100,000 for Family Friendly Weekends, which has promoted hundreds of downtown activities for children and their families.

In 2010 he was serving as the Vice Mayor, which is a rotating title that moves from Councilperson to Councilperson.

2010 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

In April 2010, Glassman entered the race for United States Senate as a member of the Democratic Party. Due to Arizona's "resign-to-run" law, Glassman was required to resign from his position on the Tucson City Council prior to announcing his run for Senate.[17]

He won the Democratic nomination with 35% of the vote.[18] In the general election, Glassman challenged, and lost to, Republican incumbent John McCain.

Personal life[edit]

Glassman lives with his wife Sasha in Tucson. The two published a children's book in 2010, titled Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain.[19]


  1. ^ "2010 Candidate Details: Glassman, Rodney Britz." Federal Election Commission. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Glassman to take four mos. for JAG training, Rob O'dell, Arizona Daily Star
  3. ^ Who's running for the Arizona U.S. Senate?, Carolyn Classen, Tucson Citizen
  4. ^ Rinky Dink, Chris Ledaris, Tucson Weekly
  5. ^ Arizona Democratic Senate Candidates Hit the Ground in DC Today, Capital Wire PR
  6. ^ Final tally: Tucson voters reject mayor, council raises, Eric Segara, Tucson Citizen
  7. ^ Exclusive Interview with Rodney Glassman,
  8. ^ Past Events, Glassman Foundation
  9. ^ The Board of Directors, Pima Council on Aging
  10. ^ The Board of Directors, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  11. ^ See list of Trustees, The Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation
  12. ^ Vice Mayor Rodney Glassman Hosts Town Hall on City Solar and Water Conservation Programs, Mark B. Evans, Tucson Citizen
  13. ^ Three months ahead of new ordinance, QuikTrip is harvesting rain water, Yvonne Gonzales, Inside Tucson Business
  14. ^ His energy, council record called pluses for Glassman, Rhoda Bodfield, Arizona Daily Star
  15. ^ The Solar City,
  16. ^ Government Affairs Update, Tucson Association of Realtors
  17. ^ Tucson Vice-Mayor Rodney Glassman resigns to run for senate, KOLD-TV
  18. ^ Sullivan, Sean (August 25, 2010). "AZ SEN: Glassman To Face McCain". National Journal. 
  19. ^ Congressman Grijalva to attend Glassman’s Children’s Book Release Party Mark B. Evans, Tucson Citizen

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