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Jonathan Rothschild (born 1955) is an American lawyer and politician in his second term as mayor of Tucson, Arizona. From 2001 to 2011 Rothschild was managing partner of the law firm Mesch, Clark & Rothschild. He has also been an adjunct assistant professor of the University of Arizona College of Law and a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Committee on Examinations. He has served as treasurer of the Pima County Democratic Party.[1]

Jonathan Rothschild
Jonathan Rothschild 2013.jpg
41st Mayor of Tucson
Assumed office
December 5, 2011
Preceded byBob Walkup
Personal details
Born1955 (age 63–64)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Karen Spiegel
EducationKenyon College (BA)
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Rothschild was first elected mayor of Tucson on November 8, 2011, with 54.96% of the vote, defeating Republican Rick Grinnell (39.91%) and Green Party candidate Mary DeCamp (4.94%) after running unopposed in the Democratic primary.[2] In 2015, he was elected to a second term, running unopposed in both primary and general elections.[3][4]

Early life and educationEdit

Mayor Rothschild is a third-generation Tucsonan and attended Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley. He later graduated from Kenyon College and the University of New Mexico School of Law. After graduation from law school, he clerked for the United States District Court Judge Alfredo Chavez Marquez.[5]

Wrecked city vehicleEdit

On February 16, 2012, Rothschild wrecked his city vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Prius, when he collided into a passenger truck. Rothschild stated that he "looked down briefly to grab a notebook on the seat next to him and didn’t see the passenger truck in front of him." No citations were issued.[6]

Victim of carjacking at gunpointEdit

On February 18, 2017, Rothschild was carjacked at gunpoint. The carjacker drove away in his city-owned Toyota Prius. Rothschild said that he had just left his home and was walking to his city-owned vehicle when a man approached him, pointed a gun at him, and demanded his keys.

No one was hurt and the car was found a short time later.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Wilensky, Sheila (February 10, 2011). "Tucson lawyer launches Democratic mayoral bid". Arizona Jewish Post. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Classen, Carolyn (November 10, 2011). "City's General Election final results: Scott retains Ward 4 Council seat". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  3. ^ Cooper, Michael (November 3, 2015). "ELECTION: Rothschild re-elected; city council members hold seats". Tucson News Now.
  4. ^ Bodfield, Rhonda (November 13, 2011). "City's new mayor is portrait of hard work, little flash". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Biography". City of Tucson. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Bodfield, Rhonda (February 16, 2012). "Tucson mayor wrecks city Prius in non-injury crash". Arizona Daily Star.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Walkup
Mayor of Tucson