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.
Continuing to break barriers, in July 2016 Rex Richardson was elected Vice Mayor of the City of Long Beach by the City Council, making him the youngest to serve as Vice Mayor in the city’s history. His history in Long Beach is grounded in advocating for the most vulnerable residents, while keeping communities safe and healthy.
Since taking office, Vice Mayor Richardson is leading North Long Beach on a “Roadmap to its Renaissance” by placing a focus on urban revitalization and community empowerment with the construction of the new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, infrastructure investment, retail development, the Uptown Creative Corridor Challenge, and the Empower Uptown Participatory Budgeting process. In addition, as Chair of the City Council’s Federal Legislation Committee, Richardson led the City's acceptance of President Obama's My Brother’s Keeper Initiative asking the City of Long Beach to place a greater focus on ensuring Boys and young men of color have a plan to succeed.
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.
Vice Mayor 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. He is also an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Iota Zeta Lambda Chapter.
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