CHAIRMAN Bill Gates Biography
Bill was re-elected to another four year term on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 2020. Maricopa County is the fourth largest county in the United States with a population of over 4.5 million people. Bill represents over 900,000 residents as a Maricopa County Supervisor. He was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2016. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board, a position he held in 2019 when, among other things, Bill negotiated a re-organization of the Maricopa County Elections Department with then-Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, Bill served on the Phoenix City Council from 2009-2016, including a stint as Vice Mayor in 2013.
Bill has been a lifelong Republican. He founded the Teenage Republican Club at his high school, was an officer in the Iowa Federation of College Republicans and also served as a Republican legislative district chair and the Secretary of the Maricopa County Republican Committee in the early 2000s. Bill also led the Arizona Republican Party’s election integrity efforts in 2006 and 2008 organizing a cadre of poll watchers and attorneys to ensure that every eligible vote was counted.
Bill has been featured in many publications regarding his work as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors particularly as it relates to the operation of elections including the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The New Yorker, der Spiegel, Rolling Stone, and Reuters. He is a frequent contributor on CNN and appeared on CBS Evening News, PBS, MSNBC, BBC, ABC, as well as several local channels on this same topic.
Bill testified on October 7, 2021 before The United States House Oversight and Reform Committee in Washington, DC, about election integrity in regards to the results of Maricopa County’s 2020 General Election. Bill, along with then-Chairman of the Board Jack Sellers, detailed the steps taken by the County to ensure election integrity and expressed concerns with the recent “audit” of Maricopa County ballots and equipment by Arizona Senate contractors.
Bill is the recipient of various awards, commending his years of leadership, service, and defense of democracy including The Truman Foundation’s Joseph E. Stevens Public Service Award in 2022, The Arizona Republic’s 2021 Arizonan of the Year, and The Phoenix Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2010.
Bill has practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona for 25 years and serves on numerous non-profit boards. He has also been very active in law-related education serving as a regional coordinator and attorney-coach at the high school and intercollegiate levels since graduating from law school. Bill holds a B.S. from Drake University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Bill served on Gov. Doug Ducey’s transition team in 2014 and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation in 2006. Bill also was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission Intergovernmental Advisory Committee in 2018. In 2019, Bill was selected by Gov. Ducey to serve on the Workforce Arizona Council. In 2022, Bill became a Fellow of The Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program.
Bill has been married for 25 years and has three daughters ages 21, 18 and 18.