Kate Gallego

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Kate Gallego
Kate Gallego by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
61st Mayor of Phoenix
Assumed office
March 21, 2019
Preceded byThelda Williams
Personal details
Kate Widland

1981/1982 (age 36–37)[1]
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Ruben Gallego
(m. 2010; div. 2017)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
University of Pennsylvania (MBA)
WebsiteCampaign website

Kate Gallego (née Widland, born 1981/82) is an American politician from the state of Arizona, currently serving as the 61st mayor of Phoenix. Prior to being elected mayor, she served on the Phoenix City Council from 2013 to 2018. Gallego is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Gallego grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[2] Her parents are attorneys who moved to Albuquerque from Chicago after the 1979 Chicago blizzard.[3][4] She grew up with asthma, making her interested in air quality.[1]

Gallego graduated from Albuquerque Academy, where she served as student body vice president.[3] She earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[3][5]

Political career[edit]

Gallego worked for the Arizona Democratic Party, the Arizona Office of Tourism,[1] and on economic development and strategic planning for the Salt River Project. In 2013, Gallego was elected to the Phoenix City Council for District 8, and was reelected in 2017. With Greg Stanton, the mayor of Phoenix, running for the United States House of Representatives in the 2018 elections, Gallego announced she would run in a special election to succeed him.[6] She resigned from the city council effective August 7, 2018.[7]

In the first round of the mayoral election, Gallego received 45 percent and Daniel Valenzuela received 26 percent. She and Valenzuela advanced to a runoff election on March 12,[8] which Gallego won.[9] Gallego is the third woman to hold the office since Phoenix's founding.[9] She is also the youngest and only female mayor for the ten largest cities of the United States.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gallego is Jewish.[4] She was bat mitzvahed in Albuquerque.[3]

While attending Harvard, Kate met Ruben Gallego at a charity auction following the September 11 attacks.[1] They moved to Phoenix in 2004,[2] and married in 2010. The couple announced their divorce in 2016, prior to the birth of their child.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Kate Expectations | People". Phoenixmag.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "What does the next Phoenix mayor need most: Backing or brains?". The Arizona Republic. October 24, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Albuquerque native elected mayor of Phoenix » Albuquerque Journal". Abqjournal.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Kate Gallego: Caring is More than a Campaign | Arizona Jewish Life". Azjewishlife.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Get to know the Phoenix mayoral candidates". KNXV-TV. October 27, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Councilwoman Kate Gallego enters Phoenix mayoral race". Azcentral.com. October 9, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  7. ^ "Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego to resign Aug. 7 to run for mayor". Azcentral.com. July 26, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  8. ^ The Associated Press (November 6, 2018). "AP: Phoenix mayor will be a runoff between Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela | Arizona Politics". azfamily.com. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Vetnar, Ali (March 12, 2019). "Kate Gallego elected as Phoenix mayor, 3rd woman to hold position". KTAR. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Gardiner, Dustin (December 21, 2016). "Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego and Rep. Ruben Gallego to divorce". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 18, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thelda Williams
Mayor of Phoenix