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. In January, 2013, he was appointed Vice Mayor. Gates represents a diverse district stretching from the Black Canyon Highway to 56th Street, and from Glendale Avenue to Beardsley Road, including Moon Valley, Sunnyslope and Paradise Valley Mall, and is home to the scenic North Mountain and Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
Councilman Gates' priorities include: fiscal responsibility, economic development, fighting blight, 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 fosters a healthy and positive community environment via uniting businesses and residents with their Police and Neighborhood Services staffs.
Gates recognizes the need for revitalization along major business corridors. 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 is chair of the City Council Finance, Efficiency, Economy & Sustainability Subcommittee, which has identified $90 million in efficiencies, also 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 also 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, and United Blood Services Community Leadership Council. 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. Gates also appeared as a guest speaker for the Association for Conflict Resolution's 16th Annual Peer Mediation Conference of 2013. In addition to serving on the City Council, Councilman Gates is a lawyer for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. Prior to working for PING in 2001, Vice Mayor Gates was an associate at the firm of Fennemore Craig, practicing commercial litigation with an emphasis in property tax litigation. He also serves on the Governor's Regulatory Review Council.
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. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Gates is married and has two daughters, 10 and 12.