Vice Mayor Dennis KavanaughElected to the Mesa City Council in June of 2008 and re-elected in August of 2012, Dennis Kavanaugh serves as the councilmember for District 3. He was named the Vice Mayor of Mesa in January of 2015. His term on the Mesa City Council runs until January of 2017. Kavanaugh was also a member of the City Council from 1996 to 2004, previously serving as Vice Mayor from 2002 until 2004.

Kavanaugh is the founder of the law firm Dennis Kavanaugh, P.C., one of Arizona's leading social security and worker's compensation law firms. He began his legal career in 1978, serving as a staff attorney for the Arizona Legislative Council for six years. In 1984 he became the Attorney and Chief Counsel of the Industrial Commission of Arizona, a position he held until 1988, when he joined Stephens, Watts, Day and Brown, P.C. as an associate attorney. In 1990 he became a founding partner of Day Kavanaugh, P.C., where he practiced law for over 20 years. He is a member of the Workplace Injury Law and Advocacy Group, the East Valley Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona workers compensation section and the National Organization of Social Security Clamaint's Representatives and is a certified specialist in workers compensation by the State Bar of Arizona. Kavanaugh owns an "AV Preeminent" rating in the Martindale Hubble national attorney directory.         

Kavanaugh was the 1999 recipient of the Mesa Symphony Executive Director's Community Service award, the 2008 Arizona Arts Advocate of the Year and in 2008 was awarded the Cox/East Valley Partnership Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement award. He was honored by Mesa Community College in 2013 for his service to the Commission on Excellence in Education. He was also named Mesa's Man of the Year for 2015. He received his J.D. degree in 1978 from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Political Science (magna cum laude) from St. Louis University in 1975. Mr. Kavanaugh was awarded memberships in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society).

Council Committees
Public Safety
Community and Cultural Development
Economic Development

National Boards and Committees
National League of Cities Advisory Council
National League of Cities Audit Committee
National League of Cities Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee
Arizona Boards and Committees
Valley Metro Rail Board - Vice Chair, Former Chair, Council Representative
Valley Metro Regional Public Transit Authority - Council Representative
Mesa Sister Cities - Council Representative
Mesa United Way - Council Representative
Arizona Society Sons of the American Revolution - Chancellor and Palo Verde Chapter
Mesa Preservation Foundation
Benedictine University at Mesa Advisory Board

Past Board and Committee Memberships
National League of Cities Board of Directors
National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Steering Committee
National League of Cities Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee
National League of Cities International Council
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Mesa Historical Society
Dobson Ranch Home Owners Association
A New Leaf
East Valley Senior Services
West Mesa Community Development Corporation
Arizona Museum for Youth Friends
Arizona Museum of Natural History Foundation
Mesa Symphony
Arizona Commission on the Arts and Foundation for People with Disabilities
Mesa Arts Center Foundation
Mesa Community Action Network
Mesa Historical Museum
Child Crisis Center Foundation - Vice President