Regina Romero

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Regina Romero
Mayor of Tucson
Assumed office
December 2, 2019
Preceded byJonathan Rothschild
Personal details
BornSeptember 1974 (age 45)
Somerton, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ruben Reyes
EducationUniversity of Arizona (BA)

Regina Romero (born September 1974) is an American politician. She is mayor of Tucson, Arizona, having been elected after previously serving on the city council.


Romero was raised in Somerton, Arizona. She graduated from Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona,[1] and the University of Arizona.[2] She earned a postgraduate certificate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.[3]

Romero worked as the Latino outreach director for the Center for Biological Diversity.[4] Prior to her election as mayor, Romero served three terms as a Tucson city councilwoman, having first been elected to the city council in 2007.[4]

Romero ran in the 2019 Tucson mayoral election. She won the Democratic primary in August 2019, defeating state senator Steve Farley and developer Randi Dorman.[5][6] After winning the mayoral primary, her main general election opponent was Ed Ackerley, who was a longtime Democrat running as an independent in hopes of receiving conservative votes. She defeated Ackerley in the general election.[4]

Romero will be the first-ever female mayor of Tucson,[7] and the first latinx mayor of the city since the latino Estevan Ochoa was mayor from 1875 to 1876.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Romero is married to Ruben Reyes, a district director for U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva.[8] They have two children.[2]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Tucson elects 1st female mayor in Councilwoman Regina Romero". October 20, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Nov 6 20195:56 PM EST (June 13, 2018). "Regina Romero becomes first Latina mayor of Tucson, Arizona". Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Oxford, Andrew (November 5, 2019). "Tucson elects 1st female mayor in three-term Councilwoman Regina Romero". AZ Central. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "City of Tucson Primary Election August 27, 2019 STATISTICS" (PDF). City of Tucson. September 3, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Ferguson, Joe (July 27, 2019). "Poll: More than a third of voters undecided in race to be Tucson's next mayor". Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Nuño-Pérez, Stephen; Gamboa, Suzanne (August 28, 2019). "Regina Romero wins Democratic primary in Tucson, poised to be city's first woman, first Latina mayor". NBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  8. ^ EllieMae (August 15, 2019). "Ads bashing Romero campaign over 'Trump tie' funded by connections of RNC's Bruce Ash". Retrieved November 7, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Rothschild
Mayor of Tucson