Andrew James Ginther (born April 27, 1975) is a Democratic politician, the 53rd mayor of Columbus, Ohio, and the 48th person to serve in that office. He served as President of Columbus City Council from 2011 until 2015.
|53rd Mayor of Columbus|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2016
|Preceded by||Michael B. Coleman|
|President of Columbus City Council|
January 3, 2011 – December 31, 2015
|Preceded by||Michael Mentel|
|Succeeded by||Zach Klein|
Andrew James Ginther
April 27, 1975
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Earlham College (BA)|
Early life and educationEdit
Ginther was born at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, the third of four children. Ginther's mother was a social worker and his father was an attorney specializing in adoption and foster law. His family lived in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus.
After graduation from Whetstone High School, Ginther attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where he earned a BA in Political Science in 1997. As part of Earlham's foreign study program, Ginther traveled to Northern Ireland to study peace and conflict resolution at the University of Ulster and Queen's College. He also taught at public schools in Belfast and Derry. Ginther served internships at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where he taught nonviolence and dispute resolution to children.
Ginther served as a legislative aide to Ohio state Senator Dan Brady. He then served as coordinator of violence prevention programs for the local nonprofit organization Strategies Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE).
2001–2007: Columbus Board of EducationEdit
In 1999, Ginther ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Columbus Board of Education. In 2001 his second campaign was successful, and he served as a member of the school board for six years, being reelected in 2005. Ginther also worked for 10 years as community outreach coordinator for Triumph Communications, a central Ohio company providing public relations and political campaign management services.
2007–2015: Columbus City CouncilEdit
In February 2007, Ginther was appointed to the Columbus City Council to fill an unexpired term after the resignation of Matt Habash. He was elected to a new term as a member of City Council in November 2007, was reelected as a member in 2009, and on January 3, 2011 was selected to replace Michael C. Mentel as Council president, becoming the youngest City Council president in the history of Columbus at age 35. In 2011 Ginther accepted a new position as vice president of Community Affairs and Outreach for nonprofit Children's Hunger Alliance. He remained City Council president through the end of 2015.
2016–present: Mayor of ColumbusEdit
In March 2015, Ginther and fellow Democrat Zach Scott, the former Franklin County, Ohio Sheriff, were selected in a primary election by Columbus voters to compete in the November 2015 general election to replace retiring Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D). In the general election on November 3, 2015, Ginther defeated Scott with 59% of the vote.
Administration and cabinetEdit
|The Ginther Cabinet|
|Chief of Staff||Greg Davies||2016–Present|
|Director of Development||Steve Schoeny||2016–Present|
|Director of Public Utilities||Tracie Davies||2016–Present|
|Director of Public Service||Jennifer L. Gallagher, P.E.||2016–Present|
|Director of Public Safety||Ned Pettus||2016–Present|
|Director of Public Health||Teresa Long||2016–2017|
|Director of Finance & Management||Joe Lombardi||2016–Present|
|Director of Human Resources||Nichole Brandon||2016–Present|
|Director of Technology||Sam Orth III||2016–Present|
|Director of Education||Rhonda Johnson||2016–Present|
|Director of Recreation & Parks||Tony Collins||2015–Present|
|Director of Building & Zoning Services||Scott Messer||2016–Present|
|Director of Civil Service||Amy DeLong||2016–Present|
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- Sullivan, Lucas (May 7, 2015). "Zach Scott Pins Mayoral Hopes on Bigger General-election Turnout". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
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- Sullivan, Lucas (December 29, 2015). "Ginther to Tour Columbus Neighborhoods as Mayor". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
- "Mayor Ginther Appoints Sam Orth III as Director of Technology". www.columbus.gov. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
- "Retired Fire Chief Ned Pettus named Columbus safety director". Columbus Dispatch. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.