Councilman Bill Gates was appointed to fill the City of Phoenix, District 3 seat in 2009. He was then elected to a four-year term on August 30, 2011. Gates served as Vice Mayor from January 2013 to February 2014. Councilman Gates represents a diverse district stretching from the Black Canyon Highway to 56th Street, and from Glendale Avenue to Beardsley Road, that includes Moon Valley, Sunnyslope and the Paradise Valley Mall areas and is home of scenic North Mountain and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Councilman Gates’ priorities include: fiscal responsibility; economic development; fighting blight; encouraging innovation; finding efficiencies; and improving public safety. He is fiscally austere in his approach to providing core service delivery, minimizing fee increases and voting against tax increases. Councilman Gates works to build positive community environments by uniting businesses and residents with Police and Neighborhood Services staff, neighborhood block watches, and other community groups.
Gates recognizes the need for revitalization along major business corridors and works with community and business groups to encourage economic development. These areas include North 32nd Street; the North Mountain Business Alliance Area; Sunnyslope and Moon Valley. He also supports solar energy and renewable energy initiatives that promise a positive fiscal impact on City of Phoenix residents and businesses.
Councilman Gates chairs the Finance, Efficiency, Economy & Sustainability Subcommittee which has identified nearly $100 million in efficiencies. He serves on the Downtown, Aviation & Redevelopment and Transportation & Infrastructure subcommittees. Gates also chaired the Pension Fairness and Spiking Elimination Ad Hoc Subcommittee in the fall of 2013. He has served in a variety of capacities with nonprofit and community organizations such as Valley Leadership, INROADS, American Legion Boys State, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, and United Blood Services Community Leadership Council. He is currently a Board Member for the Foundation for Blind Children, The Phoenix Symphony, Disabled Sports USA, and a member of the Arizona Advisory Board For U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. The Phoenix Business Journal honored him in 2010 with a Forty under 40 Award, which recognizes prominent young leaders in various industries in metropolitan Phoenix. In 2012, the Arizona School of Public Relations Association presented him with the Award of Excellence for his contributions to public education and he received the Sentinel Award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in recognition for his work to improve Arizona’s business climate.
In addition to his post on the City Council, Councilman Gates is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. Prior to working for PING in 2001, Councilman Gates was an associate at the firm of Fennemore Craig, practicing commercial litigation with an emphasis in property tax litigation. He was appointed by Governor Brewer to the Arizona Municipal Tax Code Commission and the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council. He also served as a member of Governor Ducey’s Transition Team.
Councilman Gates is a graduate of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Councilman Gates is married and has two daughters, 11 and 14.