The Arizona Republic
Aug. 22, 2007 12:01 PM
PARADISE VALLEY – Paradise Valley resident and longtime political veteran Don Bivens has been named to chair the Arizona Democratic Party.He has been a town resident since the late 1980s. Paradise Valley is predominantly Republican.
“We are slowly taking over,” he said with a laugh.
Bivens, 55, a lawyer, began his political involvement in the 1970s as a precinct committeeman. He served as the president of the Young Democrats of Arizona in the early 1980s and since then has held leadership roles in many Arizona elections, including the 1982 gubernatorial campaign of Bruce Babbitt and the 1994 gubernatorial campaign of Terry Goddard in which he served as finance chair. Most recently, Bivens served on the financial committee for U.S. Senate candidate Jim Pederson.
In his new role, Bivens said he wants to build on the party’s momentum, noting that Democrats have made great strides in the state with voters, including Republicans and Independents, voting for Democratic candidates.
“I want to continue that upward trajectory,” he said.
He will fill the remaining 1 ½ -year term of outgoing chairman David Waid. Bivens said he plans to run for a full two-year term when his current one expires.
Bivens is a partner with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, where he specializes in complex litigation. He is a former president of the State Bar of Arizona. His charitable endeavors include currently serving on the board of directors of the Salvation Army and Arizonans for Children. He is a founding co-chair of Arizona’s Equal Justice Foundation.
Bivens is a member of St. Barnabas in the Desert Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley where he served as senior warden from 2002-05.He is currently church attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.