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Rex Richardson is a husband, father, and the 29th Mayor of Long Beach. Mayor Richardson’s history in Long Beach is grounded in empowering communities to have a seat at the table.

Mayor Richardson has a distinguished record of public service. Richardson’s electoral history includes serving as a Long Beach City Councilmember from 2014 – 2022, representing the Ninth District. He served two terms as Vice Mayor and is known as both the youngest Councilmember and Vice Mayor in the city’s history. He also broke barriers as the first African American Mayor of Long Beach.

His track record of pursuing positive change for his community has left an indelible mark on the entire city. He has continually worked alongside neighborhood leaders to bring vital public safety, economic, and community investments to Long Beach.

On the national level, Mayor Richardson serves on the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors. Regionally, Richardson is Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency and has previously served as past President of the Southern California Association of Governments. He has also held the position of Western District Cities Representative on the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board.

Mayor Rex Richardson is the leader of the 42nd most populous city in America, home to the nation’s second largest port and Space Beach, which is amongst the fastest-growing aerospace clusters in the country.

Since taking office, Mayor Richardson has been at the forefront of addressing the most pressing challenges facing Long Beach through his “Opportunity Beach” Agenda, which focused on key priorities such as homelessness, economic recovery, public safety, youth development, and environmental sustainability.

Mayor Richardson and his wife, Dr. Nina Richardson, are proudly raising their two young daughters, Alina and Mila, in the North Long Beach community. He understands the work and determination it takes for families and communities to climb into the middle class. He believes that everyone, no matter their circumstance, deserves the opportunity to thrive.



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LONG BEACH, CA — The Mayor’s Fund for Long Beach and Mayor Rex Richardson are proud to
announce a holiday benefit concert to support Long Beach Unified School District Jordan High
School’s music programs and their upcoming performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City in
2024. The concert will take place on December 14, 2023, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Beverly
O’Neill Theatre in Long Beach.

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Mayor Rex Richardson laid out the details Friday of his proposed plan to drive economic investment and equitable investments, as well as to decrease pollution and increase open space, in West Long Beach, something he called as part of last week’s 2024 budget reveal.
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Mayor Rex Richardson laid out the details Friday of his proposed plan to drive economic investment and equitable investments, as well as to decrease pollution and increase open space, in West Long Beach, something he called as part of last week’s 2024 budget reveal.
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LONG BEACH, CA — Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson announced today a series of events, dubbed “Long Beach Housing Innovation Week,” showcasing the innovative work that the City of Long Beach is undertaking to address the regionwide affordable housing crisis. Taking place between May 6th and May 10th, events include a roundtable on affordable housing, establishing a youth right to housing, and the announcement of the 2024 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count results. 

LONG BEACH, CA — In a unanimous vote today, the Long Beach City Council affirmed their support for CA Proposition 1 on the March 2024 ballot. This decision reflects Mayor Rex Richardson's commitment to expanding access to quality mental health care and addressing the issues of homelessness and mental illness.

LONG BEACH, CA — Today, Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson, California State University, Long Beach President Dr. Jane Close Conoley, Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz, and Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Jill Baker officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the Long Beach Housing Promise.
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