Ben McAdams

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Ben McAdams
Ben McAdams 2015.jpg
McAdams in 2015
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 42)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Julie
Alma mater University of Utah
Columbia University
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Benjamin Michael McAdams[1] (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.

Early life and education[edit]

McAdams has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah and a J.D. with honors from Columbia Law School.[1][2] At Columbia, McAdams was a member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.[1]

Legal career[edit]

After graduating from law school, McAdams briefly worked in New York City as an associate at the New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.[1][2] McAdams and his family then returned to Utah,[2] where McAdams joined the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney in Salt Lake City, doing securities law.[1] McAdams then became Senior Advisor to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.[1]

McAdams has served as a volunteer adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah College of Law.[1]

Political career[edit]

McAdams was elected to replace Scott McCoy as the senator for Utah's second district in a special election on December 19, 2009.[3] McAdams 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, McAdams was elected with 54% of the vote, defeating Republican nominee Mark Crockett.[7] McAdams resigned from the state senate after taking office as mayor.

McAdams was mentioned as a potential candidate in Utah's 2016 Senate race or Utah's 2016 gubernatorial race, but McAdams declined to run for either position.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

McAdams is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2] He is married to his wife Julie; the couple met in high school.[2] They have three children.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Benjamin Michael Adams: Volunteer Faculty, University of Utah College of Law.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Roche, Lisa Riley. "New Utah state senator Ben McAdams is youthful but not naive". Deseret News. Deseret News. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  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, February 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. 
  8. ^ Riley Roche, Lisa (April 8, 2015). "Poll: Josh Romney would be a tough opponent for Sen. Mike Lee". Deseret News. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ Cheney, Kyle (December 29, 2014). "16 in '16: The new battle for the Senate". Politico. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Corroon
Mayor of Salt Lake County