Supervisor Bill Gates Biography
Bill Gates serves as the District 3 Supervisor for Maricopa County and is the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. His Maricopa County District 3 reaches from the far southern boundary of McDowell Road, north to the border of Yavapai County, from the eastern boundary of Scottsdale Road in places, to the western boundary of 43rd Avenue and includes the areas of Anthem, New River, and Desert Hills. Supervisor Gates' priorities on the Board of Supervisors include public safety; fiscal responsibility; intelligent growth; economic development; encouraging innovation; and finding efficiencies. Gates has been fiscally austere in his approach to providing core service delivery and minimizing fee increases. He has worked to build positive community environments by uniting businesses and residents with various county staff and other community groups to facilitate ongoing relationships. Gates focuses on the important needs and priorities of the unincorporated areas of the District.
Gates 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, Disabled Sports USA, Phoenix Symphony, and United Blood Services Arizona Community Leadership Council. He is currently a Board Member for the Foundation for Blind Children, Vitalant, and serves on the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. 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.
Bill Gates is also Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. Prior to working for PING in 2001, Supervisor 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 Municipal Tax Code Commission and the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council. He also served as a member of Governor Ducey’s Transition Team.
Gates served on the Phoenix City Council representing District 3 from June 2009 through May 2016. He also served as Vice Mayor of Phoenix from January 2013 to February 2014. Mr. Gates served as the Chair of the City of Phoenix’s Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Committee, Councilman Gates helped identify over $100 million in annual efficiency savings.
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. Supervisor Gates is married and has two daughters, 15 and 18.
Bill Gates is a Republican.