Justice Andrew Gould retires from Arizona Supreme Court

By: - March 12, 2021 3:31 pm

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Justice Andrew Gould will retire from the Arizona Supreme Court, a decision that comes as the Yuma jurist is considering jumping into the 2022 Republican primary for attorney general.

Gould’s retirement, which the Arizona Supreme Court announced on Friday, will be effective April 1, he informed Gov. Doug Ducey in a letter. Though the 57-year-old Gould is still 13 years away from mandatory retirement from the court, he noted that he’s been eligible to retire for nearly two years. He said his decision “is the result of many months of personal reflection.”

“After careful consideration, I believe it is time to start a new chapter in my life. I am grateful for all that I have been given, and I want to continue to use my talents and abilities to serve the people of Arizona. Regardless of what the future holds, it is now time to bring my judicial career to a close,” Gould said in his resignation letter to Ducey.

Gould has been actively considering a run for attorney general in 2022, when the office will be open due to incumbent Mark Brnovich being termed out, several sources told the Arizona Mirror. He recently met with former Attorney General Bob Corbin to discuss his possible campaign, though he hadn’t made a decision yet at the time of the meeting.

His retirement announcement came less than six hours after the Mirror reported on his political aspirations.

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Gould eyes run for attorney general

Gould served as a prosecutor in Maricopa and Yuma counties, and served as a Yuma County Superior Court judge for 10 years before former Gov. Jan Brewer appointed him to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 2011. Ducey appointed him to the Arizona Supreme Court in November 2016, one of two justices he selected after the legislature expanded the high court from five to seven members earlier that year.

Ducey praised Gould for the work he’s done in his legal career, as well as his service to the community, noting that he volunteers as a baseball and football coach, and leads youth activities for the Yuma Rotary Club.

“Gould’s integrity, wide range of professional experience, and commitment to helping Arizonans made him an excellent fit for the Arizona Supreme Court. He served our state well, and I am grateful for his nearly five years on the Arizona Supreme Court as well as his more than 20 years of service to the State of Arizona,” the governor said in a press statement.

Ducey has already appointed five justices to the Supreme Court, a record for an Arizona governor, and Gould’s retirement will ensure that he gets to choose a sixth justice before leaving office in January 2023.

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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Jeremy Duda previously served as the Mirror's associate Editor. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”