The Honorable John D. Driggsby Representative Kyrsten Sinema
Posted on 2014-12-11
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Ms. SINEMA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask my colleagues to join me
in remembering the Honorable John D. Driggs, former Mayor of Phoenix
and a member of one of the early pioneering families of Arizona. Mayor
Driggs passed away on December 11, 2014, surrounded by his wife Gail
and his devoted family. He leaves behind a history of public service to
Phoenix that will be remembered for generations to come. His family and
everyone who had the opportunity to work with John Driggs will miss him
beyond description because he was a man of integrity, with a strong
belief in civic responsibility.
In addition to serving as Phoenix Mayor from 1970-1974, John Driggs was a passionate Arizona historic preservationist, and in 2005 was named ``Arizona History Maker'' by the Arizona Historical Society. In 1969, John Driggs spearheaded the successful Phoenix Growth Committee Bond Elected, which provided funding for the Phoenix Public Library and other cultural venues. He then ran for Mayor of Phoenix and served for two terms. During his time in office, the Phoenix Mountain Preserve was established, which he later described as one of his most important accomplishments.
John Driggs served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he started the Second Harvest National Food Bank Network, and he was the cornerstone of the 2012 Arizona Centennial Commission. Arizona State Senator Adam Driggs is one of Mayor Driggs' five sons, and I had the honor of serving with Adam in the Arizona Legislature from 2005-2012. The dedication and commitment to service that John Driggs instilled in Adam is apparent in everything that he does as a legislator, and I am proud to call Senator Adam Driggs my friend and colleague. Members, please join me for a moment of silence as we extend our deepest condolences to the Driggs family and as we remember the remarkable life of John Driggs--one of Arizona's great leaders.