Under the leadership of Andrew J. Ginther, the City of Columbus was named America’s Opportunity City, and as mayor, Andrew J. Ginther will continue to work with labor, business, faith, and community leaders to promote opportunities for every person in every neighborhood.
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
Andrew J. Ginther was elected the 53rd mayor of Columbus on Nov. 3, 2015, succeeding Mayor Michael B. Coleman who was the longest-serving mayor in Columbus history.
Mayor Ginther previously served on Columbus City Council from 2007-2015, and served as president of Council from 2011 until assuming the Office of Mayor January 1, 2016.
Under his leadership, Columbus topped the Midwest in job creation, adding 50,000 jobs while wages grew more in Columbus than any other big city in America. At the same time, the City reduced healthcare, workers’ compensation, pension and other expenses projected to save more than $260 million.
Mayor Ginther has worked to ensure Columbus police officers and firefighters have the resources they need to keep Columbus safe, adding more than 1000 police officers and firefighters combined since 2007. During that same time, Columbus’ violent crime rate dropped nearly 30 percent while the population grew by nearly 10 percent.
Mayor Ginther has been a champion for critical crime prevention strategies, including the Police Summer Strike Force and Community Crime Patrol. He expanded community policing initiatives by adding diversity and inclusion liaison officers and is an advocate for body worn cameras.
Mayor Ginther is also charting the future of early childhood education in Columbus and is working with Columbus City Schools, community-based providers, private sector leaders to increase access to high-quality prekindergarten, and ultimately to provide universal pre-k for all Columbus children.
Mayor Ginther is leading a new initiative to reduce infant mortality in Columbus. CelebrateOne is a collaborative effort to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of our neighborhoods. The goal: to reduce the infant mortality rate by 40 percent and cut the racial health disparity gap in half by 2020.
Looking forward, Mayor Ginther will work to create the strongest middle class in America, promote a thriving economy and ensure every person is equipped for the jobs of the 21st century.
Mayor Ginther will continue to invest in safe neighborhoods and ensure Columbus has the best trained and equipped police officers and firefighters in the nation.
Mayor Ginther will work to promote equality and embrace the diversity that make Columbus neighborhoods strong, and to welcome all who want to make Columbus home.
Mayor Ginther is a Columbus native and proud Columbus City Schools graduate, and he has a long history of community service. Prior to joining Columbus City Council, he was elected to the Columbus Board of Education in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.
Mayor Ginther earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from Earlham College, studied abroad at the University of Ulster and Queen’s College in Northern Ireland, and taught at public schools in Belfast and Derry. He also served in consecutive internships at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, where he taught non-violence and dispute resolution.
Mayor Ginther, wife Shannon and their young daughter live in Clintonville.