Terry Goddard

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Terry Goddard
Terry Goddard by Gage Skidmore.jpg
24th Attorney General of Arizona
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 3, 2011
Governor Janet Napolitano
Jan Brewer
Preceded by Janet Napolitano
Succeeded by Tom Horne
53rd Mayor of Phoenix
In office
January 1, 1984 – February 16, 1990
Preceded by Margaret Hance
Succeeded by Paul Johnson
Personal details
Born Samuel Pearson Goddard III
(1947-01-29) January 29, 1947 (age 69)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Democratic (1982–present)
Spouse(s) Monica
Children Kevin Goddard
Residence Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard College (BA, American History, 1969)
Arizona State University (JD, 1976)
Profession Attorney and politician
Religion Unitarian Universalism
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
United States Navy Reserve
Years of service 1970–1972
Rank US Navy O5 insignia.svg Commander (reserve)

Samuel Pearson "Terry" Goddard III (born January 29, 1947) is an American attorney and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the Mayor of Phoenix from 1984 to 1990, on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District from 2001 to 2003 and as the 24th Attorney General of Arizona from 2003 to 2011.

He has twice been the Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona: in 1990 and in 2010,[1] losing on each occasion to the Republican incumbent: Fife Symington and Jan Brewer, respectively. After leaving office as Attorney General he led his own law firm, Goddard Law Office, PLC. He declined to run for Governor for a third time in 2014 and was instead the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State of Arizona in the 2014 elections,[2] losing to Republican State Senator Michele Reagan.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Goddard was born on January 28, 1947 and raised in Tucson, Arizona, the son of Julia E. "Judy" (née Hatch) and Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr., who served as Governor of Arizona from 1965 to 1967.[3] Great-grandfather Ozias M. Hatch was Illinois Secretary of State 1857 to 1865.[4] He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a prep school in Exeter, New Hampshire. After graduating from Harvard College in 1969,[5] he served an active duty tour in the U.S. Navy. Returning to Arizona, he received his law degree from Arizona State University in 1976.[5] His time as a private attorney saw him working in the Arizona Attorney General's office, where he prosecuted white collar crime. Goddard is married and has one son.[6]

Early political career[edit]

Goddard's first serious foray into electoral politics came in 1982, when he led the successful push for members of the Phoenix City Council to be elected from districts, instead of by a majority of all voters citywide.This allowed minorities from certain parts of Phoenix to be elected and represent their home areas and giving those areas a voice on the council. The next election saw the election of the city's first Latino and African-American to the council in over a decade. The measure is credited with significantly opening up Phoenix city government, and in 1983, Goddard was elected Mayor.[7] Within a decade, all of the members of the City Council who had been elected at-large, and who had been considered unbeatable under the previous system, were no longer serving on the Council. Goddard was re-elected four times, serving through 1990, when he resigned to run for Governor.[8][9]

In 1990, Goddard sought and won the Arizona Democratic Party's nomination for Governor of Arizona, but was defeated in a runoff by Fife Symington, who, after winning a second term, resigned in 1997 amid charges of bank fraud. Goddard again sought the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1994, losing the primary to Eddie Basha, Jr.[10][11]

Goddard served as Arizona State Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1995 to 2002[6] and in 2000, he was elected to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, which oversees the Central Arizona Project. In the non-partisan election in which the top five candidates are elected, Goddard came first, with 403,568 votes (19.74%).[12]

In 2002, Goddard decided to enter the race for Attorney General of Arizona to succeed fellow Democrat Janet Napolitano, who was running for Governor. He was elected that year with a greater margin than Napolitano received for Governor, receiving over 50% of the vote; he and a number of other candidates for office that year ran publicly financed campaigns under Arizona's Clean Elections program.[13]

Goddard was re-elected to the office of Attorney General in 2006 with 60% of the vote. After Napolitano resigned to become United States Secretary of Homeland Security in January 2009 and was succeeded by Secretary of State Jan Brewer, Goddard became first in line to succeed Brewer. (Although the Secretary of State is ordinarily first in line to succeed the Governor, as new Secretary of State Ken Bennett was appointed and not elected, Goddard became first in line to succeed Brewer.)[14][15][16]

Arizona Attorney General, 2003–2011[edit]

During his time as Attorney General, Goddard's stated focus has been on cyber crime, consumer protection, predatory lending|foreclosures, and deceptive advertising.[17] He has also focused on reducing teen use of the drug methamphetamine, and worked with Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to investigate and prosecute suspected polygamists and government abuse in the neighboring communities of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah.[18][19] This led to the capture of polygamist leader and self-proclaimed prophet Warren Jeffs.[20] A hallmark accomplishment during his tenure was his historic settlement with Western Union over the issue of wire transfers involving smuggled human beings.[21] He used this issue extensively in the 2010 general election.[22] One of his last acts as Arizona's Attorney General was to end negotiations with Bank of America over their foreclosure practices and sue them on behalf of injured Arizona Consumers.[23] This act was considered significant because Bank of America is currently still in negotiations with 48 other State Attorneys General over the same issue.[24] Nevada joined Arizona in the lawsuit.[25] Attorney General Tom Horne has announced that he agrees with the lawsuit and will continue it.[26]

2003-2004 Years[edit]

His first year as Attorney General saw him suing Second Chance Body Armor, Inc. over alleged defects in the bulletproof vests that Arizona Police Officers use.[27] The lawsuit alleged a violation of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

There were several important court decisions during these years, including May vs Brewer,[28] Arizona Libertarian Party v. Bayless,[29] movement in the Flores vs Arizona lawsuit regarding Structured English Immersion.[30]

2004-2005 Years[edit]

Qwest Communications long standing consumer fraud lawsuit over telephone slamming was finally settled in 2004 to the tune of 3.75 million dollars in fines and $800,000 in consumer restitution.[31] The years 2004-2005 also saw the start of Goddard's investigations into suspected polygamists and government abuse in the neighboring communities of Colorado City, Arizona. He signed an agreement with Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to coordinate a joint investigation.[citation needed] There was also a string of 50 indictments involving a Yuma, Arizona drug ring involving the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma County Attorney's Office, Yuma County Sheriff's Office and Arizona's Child Protective Services.[32] In 2005 Goddard also attended to the personal needs of his constituents by personally intervening in several issues where consumers were being neglected and taken advangtage of by software etc.


Captain Joel Fox[edit]

In April 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Joel Fox filed a civil lawsuit against Terry Goddard, Assistant Attorney General Todd Lawson and Goddard's former Criminal Division chief Donald Conrad. Mr. Conrad has since joined the criminal division of U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke's office.[33] E-mails were seized as part of an ongoing investigation regarding alleged campaign finance violations by the Arizona Republican Party and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.[34] Fox's lawsuit alleges that Goddard, Lawson and Conrad conspired against him to release the e-mails to publicly defame him. He has also named Cox Communications in the lawsuit for giving the Office of the Arizona Attorney General the e-mails in the first place. He alleges that the second e-mail account was not a part of the investigation and should not have been disclosed. The dispute is one of many controversies surrounding the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Goddard responded to the Arizona Republic and the lawsuit and with this quote: "It does seem like a bizarre set of claims," Goddard said. "It's a bizarre twist. He seems to be just making up a lot of extremely absurd conclusions."[35]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Davenport, Paul. Goddard officially a candidate for governor. Associated Press. January 23, 2010.
  2. ^ Goddard will run for secretary of state
  3. ^ "Former Gov. Sam Goddard dies at 86". Azcentral.com. 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  4. ^ [1] "Ozias Mather Hatch: b. 14 Apr 1814 Hillsborough Center, Hillsborough Co., NH; Secretary of State of Illinois 1857-1865; d. 12 Mar 1893 Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL; m. 1860 [Marilyn Hatch Schmidt, Ozias Mather Hatch and Julia Riley Enos: some of their ancestors and their descendants, 1620-2003 (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2003); not seen]"
  5. ^ a b "Project Vote Smart - Attorney General Samuel Pearson 'Terry' Goddard - Biography". Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  6. ^ a b Terry Goddard Webpage
  7. ^ Phoenix Gallery of Mayors
  8. ^ Phoenix New Times
  9. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1990-02-15/news/mn-1228_1_governor-mayor-resigns Phoenix Mayor Resigns to Run for Governor
  10. ^ Arizona 1990 Election Results
  11. ^ Arizona Governor Convicted Of Fraud and Will Step Down
  12. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=311973 Central Arizona Water Conservation District
  13. ^ Arizona Election Results 2002
  14. ^ Arizona 2006 Election Results
  15. ^ Ariz. Const., art. 5, § 6.[2].
  16. ^ Napolitano resigns, now leads Homeland Security
  17. ^ Inaugural Brochure " 2nd Term: Building on our Progress" [3].
  18. ^ "The Primer: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement and Human Services Agencies who offer Assistance to Fundamentalist Mormon Families" [4]
  19. ^ "A message from Terry Goddard "
  20. ^ "Polygamist sect leader arrested in Las Vegas"
  21. ^ Western Union to Pay in Border-Crime Deal
  22. ^ 10 Questions for AZ Attorney General Terry Goddard
  23. ^ Arizona sues BofA for alleged mortgage fraud
  24. ^ Two states sue Bank of America on mortgage servicing
  25. ^ Nevada AG sues Bank of America for home loan, foreclosure practices
  26. ^ New Arizona Attorney General Still Pursuing Bank of America Lawsuits
  27. ^ Goddard Files Consumer Fraud Action Against Bulletproof Vest Manufacturer [5]
  28. ^ Campaign Finance Reform
  29. ^ United States Court of Appeals,Ninth Circuit
  30. ^ Timeline of the Flores vs. Arizona case
  31. ^ Qwest settles fraud lawsuit
  32. ^ Yuman sentenced to life in prison for drug convictions
  33. ^ Arizona Attorney General brings in 6 lawyers
  34. ^ Top sheriff's official under investigation over PAC ties
  35. ^ Investigated deputy sues Terry Goddard in e-mail dispute

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Janet Napolitano
Attorney General of Arizona
January 6, 2003 – January 3, 2011
Succeeded by
Tom Horne
Party political offices
Preceded by
Janet Napolitano
Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona
Succeeded by
Fred DuVal