About Ralph

Who's the man in the derby hat?

As he begins his sec­ond term of office, Mayor Ralph Becker con­tin­ues his com­mit­ment to cham­pion the goals of effi­cient and acces­si­ble tran­sit, sus­tain­abil­ity and fur­ther­ing Salt Lake City as a tran­scen­dent, sophis­ti­cated and bur­geon­ing urban pow­er­house. His pro­gres­sive agenda for Utah’s Cap­i­tal City cen­ters on increas­ing liv­abil­ity through ini­tia­tives that give choices back to res­i­dents includ­ing trans­porta­tion alter­na­tives, green ini­tia­tives, equal treat­ment for all and much, much more.

Over 30 years ago, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker was taken by the same allure that brought many res­i­dents to Utah’s Cap­i­tal City, drawn by the area’s unique mix of geo­graphic beauty, met­ro­pol­i­tan energy and year-round recre­ational opportunities.

Ralph earned two grad­u­ate degrees at his new home’s Uni­ver­sity of Utah – a Master’s in Plan­ning and a JD – after com­plet­ing under­grad­u­ate work at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia in 1973. He served as the Utah State Plan­ning Coor­di­na­tor under Gov­er­nor Scott Math­e­son and then went on to launch his own Salt Lake City-based con­sult­ing firm, Bear West, spe­cial­iz­ing in com­mu­nity plan­ning, envi­ron­men­tal assess­ment, pub­lic lands use and pub­lic involve­ment before act­ing on his long-held desire to serve the public.

Elected to the Utah State Leg­is­la­ture in 1996, Ralph was a mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for 11 years and bat­tled for the issues most impor­tant to his Avenues con­stituents. He served in leg­isla­tive lead­er­ship posi­tions for most of that tenure, includ­ing five years as House Minor­ity Leader.

In 2008, Ralph brought this con­sid­er­able body of edu­ca­tion, expe­ri­ence and engage­ment with local issues to his new office of Mayor of Salt Lake City.

In his first term, Mayor Becker has greatly expanded trans­porta­tion options for the City’s res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, with a spe­cial focus on pub­lic tran­sit, trails and bike­ways. He also cham­pi­oned the state’s first munic­i­pal pro­tec­tions in the areas of employ­ment and hous­ing for the City’s LGBT com­mu­nity – an effort that has since been repli­cated by Salt Lake County and over a dozen local gov­ern­ments through­out Utah. Under Mayor Becker’s lead­er­ship, City gov­ern­ment has become much more trans­par­ent, and new oppor­tu­ni­ties have been cre­ated for res­i­dents to engage and par­tic­i­pate in the deci­sion mak­ing process.

Mayor Becker is a leader who has made, and will con­tinue to make, col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ships an essen­tial ele­ment in his efforts to see Salt Lake City as an even more vibrant, liv­able and sus­tain­able com­mu­nity for its cur­rent res­i­dents and into the future.

Ralph is an avid out­doors­man who, when he is away from work, can be found back­coun­try ski­ing, river run­ning or back­pack­ing. He is also the proud father of two sons and a 19-year-old granddaughter.