Phil Hardberger : biography

July 27, 1934 -

At the time Hardberger was first elected the city had been in talks with Major League Soccer to bring a franchise to the city as part of the league's continued expansion plans. Hardberger put an end to the talks, stating "Goodbye. That's what I would tell MLS," contending that the deal did not make financial sense for San Antonio.

Hardberger was re-elected in May 2007 and completed his term in May 2009. One of his final acts as Mayor was to garner support to change the city’s restrictive mayoral term limits from two to four two-year terms.

Today, Hardberger is widely viewed as one of the city’s most successful mayors. He captured 77 percent of the vote during his re-election in 2007 and left the mayor’s office at the end of his second term with an approval rating of 86 percent. During his two terms in office he was instrumental in leading San Antonio’s response to Katrina and Rita victims, growing San Antonio’s park space with the acquisition of Voelcker Park and the new San Antonio River expansion, starting Haven for Hope as a new city facility for San Antonio’s growing homeless population, and setting the city on the road to being recognized as a green city as a result of its Mission Verde initiative. Hardberger also was responsible for redeveloping Main Plaza to restore the city’s original downtown center of government and society (dating to Spanish territorial days) and for bringing on Sheryl Sculley as City Manager.Rodriguez, Ken “Privately courted Sculley expected to be the next city manager“ San Antonio Express News 29 Aug. 2005

After mayorship

In December 2009, in recognition of the former mayor’s leadership and foresight in championing quality of life projects, the City of San Antonio announced it was changing the name of Voelcker Park to Phil Hardberger Park.

In January 2010, Hardberger became a shareholder at Cox Smith, the largest law firm in San Antonio and one of the leading business law firms in Texas. He supports the firm’s Litigation, Appellate, Public Law and Economic Development practices, and is actively involved in the firm’s external affairs and community relations. Hardberger said he plans to continue working on issues surrounding the city’s River Walk expansion, development of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center and completion of Phil Hardberger Park.

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