Robert E. Walkup was elected to his third term as Mayor of Tucson in
During his tenure there have been numerous fundamental changes in
the way the Tucson region operates.
Under Mayor Walkup’s leadership, Tucson has begun utilizing its
share of Colorado River water in 2001 to supplement its potable
water supply and reduce its dependence on groundwater.
Mayor Walkup was instrumental in forming our Regional Transportation
Authority (RTA) and gaining voter-approval for its $2.1 billion
multi-modal transportation plan.
He helped form the Meth-Free Alliance, the Men’s Anti-Violence
Partnership, and he led the City Council effort to increase public
safety support over a ten-year period with 560 more police officers
and 336 more firefighters and paramedics.
Working together with Pima County, Mayor Walkup has engineered
consolidations of economic development agencies into one regional
entity, the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO), and
consolidation of our regional library system funding. His efforts in
economic development have contributed to a net increase of 50,000
jobs and $10,000 per year in average worker earnings during his
Mayor Walkup was the first Arizona Mayor to sign the U.S. Mayor’s
Climate Protection Agreement. His local environmental efforts that
have resulted in doubling Tucson’s recycling rate, instituting
impact fees to make new growth pay its fair share and requiring LEED
certification on all new city buildings.
Believing that mayors can play a key role in reducing health care
costs, Mayor Walkup initiated the Healthy Tucson Initiative locally
and the Global Alliance for Community Wellness internationally. The
Global Alliance commits mayors and city governments to partner with
local health care leaders to demonstrate healthy lifestyles and
support prevention programs in order to improve the city’s quality
Mayor Walkup has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State
University. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and worked
for over 37 years in the aerospace industry as an Industrial
Engineer and Executive for Rockwell International, Fairchild
Republic and Hughes Aircraft. He is Vice President of the Arizona
League of Cities and Towns and is a member of the League’s Executive
Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee
for the US Conference of Mayors’ Transportation Committee.
Mayor Walkup and his wife, Beth Walkup, have five children and six
grandchildren. He enjoys astronomy, classical history and is an avid
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