Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013)
Antonio Villaraigosa is the former mayor of Los Angeles and a former speaker of the state Assembly. As mayor from 2005 to 2013, he increased the police force, improved public schools, doubled the size of the rail network, and cut red tape to promote business. As speaker, he oversaw the passage of landmark legislation that included the modernization of public schools, the toughest assault weapons ban in the country, the largest urban neighborhood parks initiative in America, and the Healthy Families program that provides health care for over 500,000 children. Villaraigosa served as chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. A professor of the practice of policy at the USC Price School of Public Policy, he has also been a distinguished fellow at UCLA and USC, an organizer for the United Teachers of Los Angeles, president of the L.A. chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees and president of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. A graduate of UCLA, he holds a J.D. from the People's College of Law.