Ralph Becker (mayor)

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Ralph Elihu Becker, Jr.
Ralph Becker.jpg
34th Mayor of Salt Lake City
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 7, 2008
Preceded byRocky Anderson
Personal details
Born(1952-05-30) May 30, 1952 (age 61)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT
OccupationUrban planner
WebsiteMayor's Office
Ralph Becker
 
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Ralph Elihu Becker, Jr.
Ralph Becker.jpg
34th Mayor of Salt Lake City
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 7, 2008
Preceded byRocky Anderson
Personal details
Born(1952-05-30) May 30, 1952 (age 61)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT
OccupationUrban planner
WebsiteMayor's Office
Ralph Becker

Ralph Elihu Becker Jr. (born May 30, 1952) is an American politician and attorney who is the former Minority Leader of the Utah State House of Representatives and the 34th and current mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Early life and career[edit]

Becker was born in Washington, D.C. to Ralph Elihu Becker and Ann Watters Becker. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1977, and his M.S. in Geography/Planning from the University of Utah in 1982. Becker is an attorney and planner (Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners), who has co-founded Bear West in 1985, a planning, natural resources consulting firm. He also is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah.

Becker has had a career that has spanned serving in the National Park Service as a garbage man, firefighter, and ranger (law enforcement and EMT) (1971–76), Utah State Planning Coordinator under Governor Scott Matheson (1981–1985), and Salt Lake City Planning Commissioner (1988–1996). He is one of three people in Utah to be a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His Utah legislative accomplishments include six years in Utah legislative leadership (four years as House Democratic Leader), leading the passage of the Quality Growth Act (1999), funding for trails, open space, and transit, Utah's first Energy Policy Act, and advocating social justice issues.

In November 2006, Becker announced his candidacy for the 2007 race for Salt Lake City Mayor and won on November 6, 2007.

On January 7, 2008, Becker took the oath of office and began his four-year term as mayor. In 2011, Becker was reelected in a landslide, winning 75% of the vote.

Political accomplishments and controversies[edit]

In July 2009, Becker received major criticism for his decision to place a Public Safety Building in the same city block as Salt Lake City's Main Public Library known as Library Square. Eventually, Becker would opt to place the Public Safety Building on the block immediately east of the proposed location - a more popular option.[1]

In November 2009, Becker signed into law non-discrimination ordinances that forbid landlords and employers to deny housing or jobs due to sexual orientation or gender identity.[2]

In December 2013, Becker officiated over some of the first same-sex marriages performed in the state of Utah.[3]

Family[edit]

His father, Ralph Elihu Becker, was U.S. Ambassador to Honduras during the Ford administration.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosemary Winters (July 2, 2009). "Becker picks new site for police HQ -- across street from Library Square". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Non-discrimination ordinances become law in Salt Lake City". KSL-TV. April 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Matthew Piper (2013-12-20). "Salt Lake County offices see a crush of same-sex marriages". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rocky Anderson
Mayors of Salt Lake City
2008–present
Incumbent