Rocky Anderson

Rocky Anderson JUSTJustice

American politician

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Ross Carl "Rocky" Anderson (born September 9, 1951) is an American attorney, activist, and politician. He served two terms as the 33rd mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah from 2000 to 2008. He is the executive director of High Road for Human Rights and a founding member of the Justice Party.Prior to serving as Mayor, he practiced law for 21 years in Salt Lake City, during which time he was listed in Best Lawyers in America, was rated A-V by Martindale-Hubbell, served as chair of the Utah State Bar Litigation Section and was editor-in-chief of, and a contributor to, Voir Dire legal journal.As mayor, Anderson was an advocate of several national and international causes, including climate protection, immigration reform, restorative criminal justice, LGBT rights, and an end to the "War on Drugs". Before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Anderson was a leading opponent of the invasion and occupation. Anderson was named by Business Week as one of the top-twenty activists in the world on climate change. He was a member of the Newsweek Global Environmental Leadership Advisory Board and was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top-ten straight advocates in the United States for LGBT equality. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the EPA Climate Protection Award, the Sierra Club Distinguished Service Award, the Respect the Earth Planet Defender Award, the National Association of Hispanic Publications Presidential Award, The Drug Policy Alliance Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award, the Progressive Democrats of America Spine Award, the League of United Latin American Citizens Profile in Courage Award, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee Patriot Award, the Code Pink (Salt Lake City) Pink Star honor, the Morehouse College Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award, and the World Leadership Award for environmental programs.Formerly a member of the Democratic Party, Anderson expressed his disappointment with that party in 2011, stating, "The Constitution has been eviscerated while Democrats have stood by with nary a whimper. It is a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests that buy and pay for the Republican Party."Anderson announced his intention to run for president in 2012 as a candidate for the newly-formed Justice Party. He announced on December 14, 2012, that he would not be running for U.S. Representative in 2014, or for U.S. President again in 2016. He subsequently endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
George Washington University Law School
University of Utah
Bachelors Philosophy
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Former Member
Democratic Party
High Road for Human Rights
2008 - 2011
Former President and Shareholder
Anderson & Karrenberg
1992 - 1999
Former Shareholder
Anderson & Watkins
1989 - 1992
Former Shareholder
Hansen & Anderson
1986 - 1989
Former Shareholder
Berman & Anderson
1980 - 1986
Former Associate Attorney
Berman & Giauque
1978 - 1980
Other Experience1 - 9 of 9
High Road for Human Rights
2008 - 2011
Former President
Citizens for Penal Reform Board
1990 - 1995
Former President
Guadalupe Schools Board
1980 - 1995
Former Board Member
Planned Parenthood Association, Utah
1979 - 1982
Former President
American Civil Liberties Union Board, Utah
1979 - 1982
Former Board Member
Utah Common Cause
Former Chair
Utah State Bar Association, Litigation Section
Former Co-Host
Sundance Summit: A Mayors Gathering on Climate Protection
Committee on Restorative Justice, Sentencing Commission