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John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014.  Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for the past 20 years.

In 1996, Giles was elected to the Mesa City Council and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice Mayor.  After his service on the City Council, he remained active in the community and served on 25 boards and committees.  Giles has been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement for the last 8 years. As Mayor, he serves on numerous local and regional boards and committees.

Born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions. This year, he finished his 20th marathon and 4th Boston Marathon. In 2013, he was named “Mesa Man of the Year.” Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than thirty years. They have five children and three grandchildren.

Mayor Giles is committed to leading the way to build upon Mesa’s strengths through the following priorities:

  • Economic Development by creating new jobs through business attraction, expansion and retention; and improving business-friendly processes;

  • Education by working closely with community partners to facilitate quality education to help all students have the opportunity to succeed;

  • Community Livability by increasing “Fight Blight” practices and improving delivery of public services to Mesa residents;

  • Smart Growth by ensuring well-planned and thoughtful development;

  • Accessibility and Participation in City Government by continuously engaging residents in new and innovative ways.

Learn more about Mayor Giles on his official website.

Learn more about Mayor Giles' thoughts on infrastructure in our Member Spotlight.