Fred DuVal

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Fred DuVal
Fred DuVal by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Member of the Arizona Board of Regents
In office
GovernorJanet Napolitano
Jan Brewer
Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
PresidentBill Clinton
Personal details
Born (1954-05-24) May 24, 1954 (age 64)
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jennifer Hecker
EducationOccidental College (BA)
Arizona State University (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website

Fred P. DuVal (born May 24, 1954) is an American businessman, civic leader, and author. DuVal is the Managing Director of Amicus Investors. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona in the 2014 election, but was defeated by then-State Treasurer Doug Ducey.

Early life and education[edit]

DuVal graduated from Tucson High School. He received a B.A. from Occidental College where he was selected as a Luce Scholar. He received his law degree from Arizona State University.[1]


DuVal worked as a senior aide to Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt from 1980 to 1985. He managed Babbitt’s 1978 gubernatorial campaign and his 1988 presidential campaign.[2] From 2002–2006, DuVal served on the Arizona Commerce and Economic Development Commission.[2] In August 2006, DuVal was appointed chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents.[3]

DuVal became one of the founders of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council in 1985 and served on the Democratic National Committee from 1989 to 1993 and from 2009 to 2011. He was Treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association from 2008 to 2010.[4] In 1993, DuVal became Deputy Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State and held the position until 1996.[5][6]

Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs[edit]

In 1997 Bill Clinton appointed DuVal as the White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs where he played a role in the implementation of Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. DuVal helped negotiate a national tobacco settlement and guided White House policy development concerning American Indian gaming rights, tribal appropriations, and Section 638.[7] In 1999, DuVal led negotiations between the White House, governors, and mayors about Clinton Executive Order 13132. DuVal was unsuccessful in his 2002 candidacy for Arizona's first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.[8][9] He is co-author of the book Calling Arizona Home, which was published in 2005.[10] In 2010, he became the co-chair of the "Getting AHEAD" initiative[2] with Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper. In September 2010, DuVal was appointed to an advisory group for the National Governors Association's "Complete to Compete" educational initiative.[11][12][13] On February 2013 DuVal announced his candidacy for Arizona governor in the 2014 election.[14] In the election he lost to Republican Doug Ducey.

As part of his work at Clean Energy, DuVal coordinated an alternative energy development program called the Pickens Plan.[15] DuVal established the non-partisan the National Institute for Civil Discourse NICD at the University of Arizona after the near-fatal shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in January 2011[16][17][18] He has served on the boards of the University Medical Center (University of Arizona, Tucson), Children's Action Alliance, the Udall Center for Public Policy, Prescott College, Desert Botanical Garden, and Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters.[2]



  1. ^ Hecker DuVal, Jennifer. "HeckYes Wellness". Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  2. ^ a b c d "Co-chair Fred DuVal". Getting Ahead website. Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  3. ^ "ABC 15". Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "Fred DuVal". Our Campaigns. June 9, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "White House press release". Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  6. ^ Lumina Foundation. "Fred DuVal Biography". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012.
  7. ^ Our Campaigns. "Fred DuVal Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  8. ^ "Prescott Daily Courier, June 9, 2002". Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  9. ^ Hulse, Carl (September 15, 2002). "The New York Times, September 15, 2002". Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  10. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog". Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  11. ^ "Regent Fred DuVal Appointed to NGA Complete to Compete Advisory Group". Arizona Board of Regents Press Release. September 22, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  12. ^ "Inside NAU, Vol. 4 Number 44, November 14, 2007". Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  13. ^ "Maricopa County Community College, November 12, 2008, Governing Board Minutes". Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  14. ^ Resnik, Brahm (February 14, 2013). "Fred DuVal". AZ Central. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  15. ^ "Energy Independence".
  16. ^ "National Institute for Civil Discourse". Board of Advisors. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  17. ^ Horwitz, Sari (March 18, 2011). "National Institute for Civil Discourse to open at University of Arizona". Washington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  18. ^ "UA starts civil discourse center". Arizona Daily Star. February 22, 2011.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Terry Goddard
Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona
Succeeded by
David Garcia