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Rex Richardson is the 29th Mayor of Long Beach: a husband, father, and trailblazer as the first Black mayor in the city’s history.

Mayor Richardson’s history in Long Beach is grounded in empowering communities to have a seat at the table. He believes that everyone, no matter their circumstance, deserves the opportunity to thrive.

Since taking office, Mayor Richardson has led with his Opportunity Beach Agenda—the first 100-day plan ever presented by a Mayor of Long Beach. He is tackling major issues like homelessness, building an economy where everyone thrives, creating safe and healthy communities, investing in youth, and supporting a sustainable and resilient city.

In 2014, Richardson became the youngest person in history elected to the Long Beach City Council. In 2016, he was elected to a two-year term as Vice Mayor, also the youngest in city history. He was then re-elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2018 and re-elected as Vice Mayor in 2020.

Regionally, Mayor Richardson has served as past President of the Southern California Association of Governments and as a board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Mayor Rex Richardson’s vision is to advance the leadership of Long Beach as the second-largest city in the region, which also holds the second-largest port in the State and the fastest-growing aerospace cluster in the nation.

Mayor Rex Richardson and his wife Dr. Nina Richardson are proudly raising their two young daughters, Alina and Mila, in the North Long Beach community.

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Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson has appointed a new deputy mayor of economic development to his office, a first-of-its-kind position — that will focus on bolstering growth in the city’s aerospace, goods, tourism, education and health care industries.

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Mayor Rex Richardson cordially invites you to attend the 2023 State of the City at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10th at the Terrace Theater.
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As the newly elected Mayor, and as a former Councilmember representing one of the areas experiencing significant impacts from the nation‘s housing crisis, we request that you bring this item to the City Council on January 10 with a plan of action for the City Council to consider.

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LONG BEACH, CA — Mayor Rex Richardson has appointed a diverse and experienced slate of 32 new city commissioners who are ready to serve the Long Beach community. These new commissioners, who embody Long Beach's diversity and commitment to inclusion, were selected as part of the "Ready to Serve" campaign, which aims to remove barriers so any resident can serve on a city commission.

LONG BEACH, CA — Wrapping up a strong start to a historic first term, Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson published today a report highlighting key objectives the City of Long Beach has achieved since Richardson gave a State of the City address earlier this year and announced his Opportunity Beach Agenda.

LONG BEACH, CA — At a luncheon today, hosted by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Rex Richardson announced the appointment of Lucius Martin to the position of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development. Martin will oversee the Mayor’s Grow Long Beach Initiative, which focuses on boosting growth in 5 key sectors: aerospace, goods movement, tourism, education, and healthcare. The new position will also serve as an important liaison for the business community—the first of its kind in the Mayor’s office.

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