Vice Mayor Rex Richardson is a city councilmember and regional leader, known for advocating for our most vulnerable communities and taking innovative approaches to address local government challenges.
Richardson represents the 9th District in North Long Beach and was recently re-elected to serve as Vice Mayor by the Long Beach City Council. In this capacity, Richardson has focused on equity and ensuring everyone, regardless of their background, has an opportunity to thrive. He is responsible for creating the City’s Office of Equity, establishing shelter capacity to address homelessness in the community, and leading the regionally recognized Framework for Reconciliation, an effort to acknowledge and address the impacts of systemic racism across the city. He also successfully led efforts to pass Measure US, a local tax on oil production to fund youth, community health, and climate action programs.
Regionally, Richardson is the Immediate Past President of the Southern California Association of Governments, the largest Metropolitan Planning Organization in America, representing 191 cities. Under his leadership SCAG established the Special Committee on Equity and Social Justice and approved the Connect SoCal Plan, a sustainable communities strategy that addresses future mobility and housing needs with environmental and public health goals.
Richardson is also a member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Board of Directors. In his role with the board, Richardson serves on the Technology, Stationary Source, Ports, and Climate Change Committees.
Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, his wife, Dr. Nina Richardson, and two daughters, Alina and Mila, are residents of the Collins neighborhood in North Long Beach.