Harry Mitchell

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Harry Mitchell previously served the 5th Congressional district of Arizona

Harry Mitchell, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Arizona, having served 2007 to 2011.[1]

Record and controversies

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Born and raised in Tempe, Mitchell earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Arizona State University in 1962. He later earned a master's degree in public administration from ASU in 1980. In 1964, he began teaching American Government and Free Enterprise at Tempe High School, which he had attended and graduated from not long before. He held this position until he retired in 1992. [1][2]

In 1970, Mitchell entered the world of electoral politics when he was elected to the Tempe city council. In 1980, he was elected mayor - a job he held until his retirement in 1994. The position was part-time in nature, however, so he was able to continue teaching. In 1998, Mitchell sought and won a seat in the Arizona Senate, representing Tempe and parts of southern Scottsdale. Terms limits ensure that 2004 would be Mitchell's last campaign for Arizona Senate. One year later, with the 2006 midterm elections approaching, Mitchell ran unopposed for chair of the Arizona Democratic Party after chairman Jim Pederson stepped down to run for the United States Senate. He was elected on August 20, 2005. Mitchell himself stepped down from the position in April of 2006 when he announced his bid for U.S. Congress. [3][4]

He and his wife Marianne have two grown children. [5]

2006 election

Mitchell successfully challenged Republican Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the 2006 congressional elections.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Arizona superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

2010 elections

In 2010, Mitchell lost his House seat to Republican David Schweikert.[1]

Committees and affiliations


More background data

Former contact

DC Office:
2434 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2190
Website and Web Email

District Office:
7201 East Camelback Road, Suite 335
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Phone: (480) 946-2411

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Mitchell profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: House Committee on Science and Technology, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Arizona Senate, Mayor of Tempe, Tempe City Council
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 7201 East Camelback Road, Suite 335, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Phone: (480) 946-2411 / Fax:

Campaign Contact:

Website: http://harry2008.com/index.asp
Webform Email: / Email: info@harry2008.com

Campaign Offices:

1. Harry Mitchell for Congress, P.O. Box 23748, Tempe, Arizona 85285
Phone: 480-755-3343 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              480-755-3343      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              480-755-3343      end_of_the_skype_highlighting / Fax:
2. 123 East Baseline Road, D-102, Tempe, Arizona 85283
Phone: / Fax:

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: July 18, 1940