Meet Terry


Terry Goddard is running to bring his record of effective public service as Arizona Attorney General, Mayor of Phoenix, federal housing official, CAP Board Member and teacher, to the Secretary of State’s Office. 

An Arizona native and ASU College of Law graduate, Terry was elected Attorney General in 2002 and reelected in 2006. During his eight years in office, he won national attention for protecting consumers and fighting transnational organized crime. He made significant progress in attacking drug cartel money laundering, seizing approximately $20 million and negotiating an historic $94 million settlement with Western Union.  In 2010, Terry received the Kelly-Wyman Award, the highest recognition given by his fellow Attorneys General, in recognition of his excellent work fighting border crime and consumer fraud.

Terry was elected Mayor of Phoenix four times, leading the City from 1983 to 1990. In those years, the City greatly increased citizen participation, expanded and modernized law enforcement, revitalized downtown, and set up nationally recognized programs in economic development, the arts and historic preservation. He led the Phoenix Futures Forum, an innovative public goal-setting effort that engaged almost 10,000 citizens in planning the future of their City. Terry was named “Municipal Leader of the Year” by City and County Magazine and was elected President of the National League of Cities in 1988. During his tenure as mayor, Phoenix was recognized as an All American City . 

Terry has long standing interest and expertise in protecting Arizona’s water supply.  He was first elected to the Board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District which operates the CAP in 2000, stepping down in 2003 when he became the Attorney General. He was elected to another term on the CAWCD Board in 2012. From 1995 to 2002, Terry was the Arizona Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Prior to attending law school, Terry served on active duty in the US Navy. He retired as a commander after 27 years in the Naval Reserve.

True to his commitment to open and transparent government, Terry is “running clean.” Since its inception, Terry has participated in Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections program—he does not accept any corporate or special interest money and is accountable only to the voters. As Secretary of State, Terry’s top priorities will be to stop dark money, the anonymous political contributions, prevent election fraud and take the politics out of the Secretary of State’s Office.

Terry stands for mainstream Arizona values and is proud to be a political moderate. He stood with the business community in opposition to disastrous legislation such as SB 1062, the “right to discriminate” law; he supports a woman’s right to choose and as a public school parent, Terry understands how important quality K-12 education is for Arizona’s future.


Currently, Terry practices law as a Senior Counsel at Dentons, an international law firm  and a Professor of Practice at ASU’s School of Public Affairs. In 2012, he was selected a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School in recognition of his public service. Terry has written and spoken extensively about law enforcement issues involving the Southwest border as a Senior Fellow of the American Immigration Council and a Distinguished Associate at the Morrison Institute of Public Affairs at ASU. 

Terry’s father, Sam Goddard, was elected Arizona governor in 1964. Terry lives in downtown Phoenix with his wife Monica and teenage son.