||Andrew James Ginther
||27 April 1975
||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
||Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
||Norma Ginther (Mother) , Jeffrey Ginther ( Father)
||$2 million ( estimated )
Andrew James Ginther is an American Democratic politician, the 53rd mayor of Columbus, Ohio, and therefore the 48th person to serve therein office.He served as President of Columbus council from 2011 until 2015.
Early Life: Ginther was born at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, the third of 4 children. Ginther's mother was a caseworker and his father was an attorney specializing in adoption and foster law. His family lived within the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus.
After graduation from Whetstone highschool , Ginther attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where he earned a BA in politics in 1997. As a part of Earlham's foreign study program, Ginther traveled to Northern Ireland to review 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.
Professional Career: Ginther served as a legislative aide to Ohio senator Dan Brady. He then served as coordinator of violence prevention programs for the local nonprofit organization Strategies Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE).
Columbus Board of Education : In 1999, Ginther ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Columbus Board of Education. In 2000, Ginther worked for then-City councillor Maryellen O'Shaughnessy's congressional campaign for Ohio's 12th district . He worked because the chief fundraiser during her unsuccessful run Congress.In 2001 his second campaign was successful, and he served as a member of the varsity board for 6 years, being reelected in 2005. Ginther also worked for 10 years as community outreach coordinator for Triumph Communications, a central Ohio company providing PR and political campaign management services.
Columbus council : In February 2007, Ginther was appointed to the Columbus council to fill an unexpired term after the resignation of Matt Habash. He was elected to a replacement term as a member of council in November 2007, was reelected as a member in 2009, and on January 3, 2011 was selected to exchange Michael C. Mentel as Council president, becoming the youngest council president within the history of Columbus at age 35. In 2011 Ginther accepted a replacement position as vice chairman of Community Affairs and Outreach for nonprofit Children's Hunger Alliance. He remained council president through the top of 2015.
Mayor of Columbus : In March 2015, Ginther and fellow Democrat Zach Scott, the previous Franklin County, Ohio Sheriff, were selected during a primary by Columbus voters to compete within the November 2015 election to exchange retiring Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D).
within the election on November 3, 2015, Ginther defeated Scott with 59% of the vote.In 2019, Ginther was reelected unopposed as mayor of Columbus. During his State of the town address in February 2020, he announced initiatives to enhance the city's Sullivant Avenue corridor in Franklinton and therefore the Hilltop.