Rodney Britz Glassman[1] (born May 7, 1978) is an American businessman, and politician from Arizona.

He serves in the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) of the United States Air Force.[2]

Early life, education and career

Glassman was born and raised in Fresno, California.[3] For high school, he went to Lake Forest Academy, a prep school in Illinois, and graduated in 1996. He moved to Arizona in 1997 to manage his family's struggling Ice Rink business.[4] He pursued undergraduate and advanced degrees at the University of Arizona. Glassman received a J.D. and Ph.D. (in Arid Land Resource Sciences) from the University of Arizona.[5] In 2007, he ran for City Council of Tucson and won with more than 60% of the vote.[6]

He serves as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.[7]

Glassman established the Glassman Foundation. The Glassman Foundation has teamed with several Southern Arizona groups concerning children to launch events such as the annual An Evening of Love Songs, and the Glassman Foundation Youth Expo.[8]

For three years, Glassman served on the Arizona Farm Bureau. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pima Council on Aging,[9] Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education,[10] and the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation.[11]

Tucson City Council

Glassman served on the City Council of the City of Tucson, Arizona, from 2007 to 2010.[12]

During his time on the Tucson City Council, Glassman championed environmentally friendly legislation. Glassman worked to tackle Tucson’s water shortage by championing the nation’s first rainwater ordinance, which now requires commercial development to harvest and re-use rainwater.[13] He also was involved in the council unanimously stating that new Tucson homes were required to graywater plumbing systems to reuse water for landscaping.[14]

Glassman worked at reducing the bureaucracy necessary for Solar Generating Plants to be established in Tucson,[15] and supported efforts to have electricity turned back on in foreclosed homes to aid the sale of Tucson’s housing stock.[16]

2010 U.S. Senate campaign

In April 2010, Glassman entered the race for United States Senate as a member of the Democratic Party. Due to Arizona's "resign-to-run" law, Glassman was required to resign from his position on the Tucson City Council prior to announcing his run for Senate.[17]

He won the Democratic nomination with 35% of the vote.[18] In the general election, Glassman challenged, and lost to, Republican incumbent John McCain.[citation needed]

Personal life

Glassman lives with his wife Sasha in Tucson. The two published a children's book in 2010, titled Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain.[19]


  1. ^ "2010 Candidate Details: Glassman, Rodney Britz." Federal Election Commission. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Glassman to take four mos. for JAG training, Rob O'dell, Arizona Daily Star
  3. ^ Who's running for the Arizona U.S. Senate?, Carolyn Classen, Tucson Citizen
  4. ^ Rinky Dink, Chris Ledaris, Tucson Weekly
  5. ^ Arizona Democratic Senate Candidates Hit the Ground in DC Today, Capital Wire PR
  6. ^ Final tally: Tucson voters reject mayor, council raises, Eric Segara, Tucson Citizen
  7. ^ Exclusive Interview with Rodney Glassman,
  8. ^ Past Events, Glassman Foundation
  9. ^ The Board of Director, Pima Council on Aging
  10. ^ The Board of Directors, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  11. ^ See list of Trustees, The Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation
  12. ^ Vice Mayor Rodney Glassman Hosts Town Hall on City Solar and Water Conservation Programs, Mark B. Evans, Tucson Citizen
  13. ^ Three months ahead of new ordinance, QuikTrip is harvesting rain water, Yvonne Gonzales, Inside Tucson Business
  14. ^ His energy, council record called pluses for Glassman, Rhoda Bodfield, Arizona Daily Star
  15. ^ The Solar City,
  16. ^ Government Affairs Update, Tucson Association of Realtors
  17. ^ Tucson Vice-Mayor Rodney Glassman resigns to run for senate, KOLD-TV
  18. ^ Sullivan, Sean (August 25, 2010). "AZ SEN: Glassman To Face McCain". National Journal. 
  19. ^ Congressman Grijalva to attend Glassman’s Children’s Book Release Party Mark B. Evans, Tucson Citizen