Mayor Robert Garcia
Dr. Robert Garcia is an educator and the 28th Mayor of Long Beach. He was re-elected to a second term by almost 80% of the vote in 2018.
Mayor Garcia immigrated to the United States at age 5 and was raised in Southern California. The Mayor, a college and university educator, holds an M.A. from the University of Southern California and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Cal State Long Beach, where he also earned his B.A. in Communications.
Mayor Garcia is focused on making the City of Long Beach a leader in education, economic development, public health, and climate protection. As Mayor, he has championed progressive education policy, launched an aggressive climate plan, supported workers by increasing wages, and fought to expand and protect rights for women, immigrants, and the LGBT+ community.
He has proposed and passed ten ballot initiatives since 2014. They include measures to support safety and infrastructure, a cannabis tax, and reforms to strengthen the city auditor, set term limits, and create ethics and redistricting commissions. His signature ballot initiative, Measure A, has launched the largest infrastructure repair program in a generation.
Mayor Garcia has also been a leader on access to quality, affordable health care and is co-chair of Mayors for Medicare. When the global coronavirus pandemic hit Long Beach in March of 2020, Mayor Garcia, the Long Beach Department of Public Health, and the regional health community took swift actions to protect the community. Under Mayor Garcia's leadership, Long Beach was acknowledged by government leaders and media around the country as a model city for its response to COVID-19 for containing the spread of the virus, providing a community-focused testing operation, and excelling at vaccine distribution.
He is married to Matthew Mendez Garcia, a professor of political science at California State University, Long Beach.