Elected: May 2012
Current term: expires in 2020
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LGBT Liaison to Mayor's Office:
The City of Tempe prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community. The Mayor's office has designated an LGBT liaison to serve as a resource for both the Mayor and the public with the purpose of elevating LGBT concerns and program opportunities.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5002
Tempe, Arizona 85280
Assistant: Brianne Fisher
State of the City:
2012 State of the City
2013 State of the City text
2013 State of the City video
2014 State of the City text
2014 State of the City Powerpoint
2015 State of the City video
2016 State of the City Address
2017 State of the City Address
2018 State of the City Address
State of the Neighborhoods:
One of my top priorities as Mayor is to ensure that Tempe has aggressive economic development goals to move our city forward. We have so much to offer, from an educated population to excellent public transportation and a diverse economic base. Come and see our community for yourself, and you’ll see it’s clear that Tempe is open for business.
About Mayor Mitchell
Mark Mitchell is a third-generation Arizonan with deep roots in the Tempe community. Before being elected Mayor in May 2012, Mitchell was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and served three four-year terms.
Mayor Mitchell is a native of Tempe, attending elementary and middle school in the community before graduating from McClintock High School. He also earned a Political Science degree from Arizona State University.
During his time as Mayor, Mitchell has strengthened Tempe’s local economy and the economic recovery by working to attract new businesses and retain current business partners. Since his election in May 2012, the City of Tempe has added tens of thousands of jobs, and with the addition of such companies like State Farm, Silicon Bank, Northern Trust, Bank of the West, Benchmark Electronics, Shutterfly and Union Bank. Tempe is looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of jobs from these companies and new companies locating in our community over the next decade. Mayor Mitchell is also committed to maintaining and improving Tempe’s world-class assets like the Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake, working with law enforcement to ensure that Tempe is made up of safe neighborhoods, and to providing a transparent city government.
As a community member, Mayor Mitchell has served on numerous boards and charitable organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Tempe Diablos, Tempe Leadership Class XV, Tempe Sister Cities, Tempe Impact Education Foundation and Tempe YMCA. Mitchell is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and as the Chairman of the Rio Salado Foundation. Mayor Mitchell serves as the City of Tempe’s representative and the Chair of the Maricopa Association of Government’s (MAG) Regional Council and Regional Council Executive Committee. He is also on MAG’s Transportation Policy Committee and currently serves on the Executive Committee and is the Past President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. On the national level, Mayor Mitchell is on the National League of Cities’ Advisory Council and is on the Advisory Board to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He is also the Chair of the Mayors and Metro Universities Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Mayor Mitchell is continuing his family’s legacy in Arizona politics. His father, Harry Mitchell, was Mayor of Tempe from 1978 to 1994 and served on the City Council for more than 24 years. Harry Mitchell was also elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served Congressional District 5 including the City of Tempe from 2007 to 2011. Mayor Mitchell’s great-grandfather, W.W. Mitchell, moved to Tempe in 1945 and served as an Arizona State legislator in the 1940s.
He has two daughters that he is raising in his hometown.
Kiwanis Club of Tempe; Tempe Sister Cities, Board Member; Tempe Diablos; Tempe Leadership Class 15; Tempe Impact Education Foundation; Tempe YMCA; Arizona League of Cities and Towns, Executive Committee Member and Past President; National League of Cities (NLC) Advisory Board Member and former NLC Board Member; NLC University Communities Council; Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Board of Directors; United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), Advisory Board; USCM Mayors and Metro Universities Task Force, Chair; Maricopa Association of Governments, Executive Committee and Regional Council, Chair; and Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee; Rio Salado Foundation, Chairman.