Andrew Ginther Biography, Age, Wife, Mayor, Columbus Ohio

Andrew Ginther Biography

Andrew Ginther ( Andrew James Ginther ) is a Democratic politician, the 53rd mayor of Columbus, Ohio, and the 48th person to serve in that office. From 2011 until 2015 Ginther served as President of Columbus City Council.

Andrew Ginther Age

Andrew  Ginther is 43 years old as per 2018 born on April 27, 1975 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Andrew Ginther Wife

Andrew  Ginther is married to Shannon Ginther. The couple has one child.

Andrew Ginther Early Life and Education

Ginther was born in Columbus at Riverside Hospital, the third of four children. Her mother was a social worker and his father was an attorney specializing in adoption and foster law. Ginther’s family lived in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus.

After graduation from Whetstone High School, he attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and in 1997, he earned a BA in Political Science. As part of Earlham’s foreign study program, he traveled to Northern Ireland to study peace and conflict resolution at the University of Ulster and Queen’s College. Ginther also taught at public schools in Belfast and Derry. He served internships at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where he taught nonviolence and dispute resolution to children.

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Ginther served as a legislative aide to Ohio state Senator Dan Brady. Ginther also served as coordinator of violence prevention programs for the local nonprofit organization Strategies Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE).

2001–2007: Columbus Board of Education

Ginther ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Columbus Board of Education In 1999. Ginther’s second campaign in 2001 was successful and he served as a member of the school board for six years, being reelected in 2005. He 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 Council

Ginther was appointed to the Columbus City Council in February 2007, to fill an unexpired term after the resignation of Matt Habash.In November 2007, Ginther was elected to a new term as a member of City Council, 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. Ginther accepted a new position as vice president of Community Affairs and Outreach for nonprofit Children’s Hunger Alliance in 2011. Ginther remained City Council president through the end of 2015.

2016–present: Mayor of Columbus

Ginther and fellow Democrat Zach Scott, the former Franklin County, Ohio Sheriff, were selected in March 2015, in a primary election by Columbus voters to compete in the November 2015 general election to replace retiring Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D). On November 3, 2015 during the general election, Ginther defeated Scott with 59% of the vote.

Andrew Ginther Administration And Cabinet





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Chief of Staff

Greg Davies


Director of Development

Steve Schoeny


Director of Public Utilities

Tracie Davies


Director of Public Service

Jennifer L. Gallagher, P.E.


Director of Public Safety

Ned Pettus


Director of Public Health

Teresa Long


Mysheika Roberts


Director of Finance & Management

Joe Lombardi


Director of Human Resources

Nichole Brandon


Director of Technology

Sam Orth III


Director of Education

Rhonda Johnson


Director of Recreation & Parks

Tony Collins


Director of Building & Zoning Services

Scott Messer


Director of Civil Service

Amy DeLong


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