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Councilmember Richardson's Bio
In 2014, Rex Richardson, 30, was elected to the Long Beach City Council to represent the neighborhoods of North Long Beach, becoming the youngest councilmember in the City's history and the youngest African American elected official in the region. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Iota Zeta Lambda Chapter.Empower Uptown Participatory Budgeting Results
Prior to his election to the Long Beach City Council, he spent four years serving the people of Long Beach's 9th Council District as Chief-of-Staff to the former Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal, where he helped navigate and push through some of the 9th District's most impressive accomplishments, including the formation of the Uptown Property and Business improvement District, the Liquor Store Modernization Program, and the annual "Getting Back to Work" regional jobs summit.
Before his service to the City of Long Beach, Richardson was the Political and Community Coordinator for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 721, a community organizer in South Los Angeles County, and a leader for numerous Democratic and community campaigns. He attended college and served as Student Body President at CSU-Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), and is a graduate of Leadership Long Beach, and the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy Leadership at CSU-Monterey Bay.
Councilmember Richardson is currently chair of the City of Long Beach's Federal Legislative Committee, Vice-Chair of the 710 Oversight Committee and member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Richardson is an elected Regional Board Member of the Southern California Association of Governments, where he works with leaders from other cities across the region to develop collective approaches to solving the problems that affect transportation and mobility across Southern California.
In his spare time, he has given back by serving on numerous boards and associations, including California Pools for Hope, and the Fairfield Family YMCA.
Rex, his wife Nina, and daughter Alina, are proud homeowners in the Coolidge Triangle neighborhood of Long Beach. He lives by the motto, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." -Albert Einstein
Highest turnout per capita in Participatory Budgeting process in the nation at 4.9% On the evening of March 27th, after a weeklong public vote, Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson announced the results from the historic Empower Uptown Participatory Budgeting (PB) process. The City of Long Beach now joins the ranks of Chicago, New York City, Vallejo and others by completing the final phase of the PB process. PB gives District 9 community members real power to make real decisions over real money. The winning projects include: Jordan High School Digital Marquee ($100,000) in 1st place with 1,552 votes, Solar Powered Lights at DeForest Park ($95,000) in 2nd place with 1,161 votes, and Security Cameras on corridors throughout the district ($100,000) in 3rd with 997 votes.
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