|37th Mayor of San Diego|
|Assumed office |
December 10, 2020
|Preceded by||Kevin Faulconer|
August 30, 2013 – March 3, 2014
|Preceded by||Bob Filner|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Faulconer|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 78th district
December 5, 2016 – November 30, 2020
|Preceded by||Toni Atkins|
|Succeeded by||Chris Ward|
|President of the San Diego City Council|
December 3, 2012 – December 10, 2014
|Preceded by||Tony Young|
|Succeeded by||Sherri Lightner|
|Member of the San Diego City Council|
from the 3rd district
December 8, 2008 – December 5, 2016
|Preceded by||Toni Atkins|
|Succeeded by||Chris Ward|
Todd Rex Gloria
May 10, 1978
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Residence(s)||San Diego, California|
|Education||University of San Diego (BA)|
Todd Rex Gloria (born May 10, 1978) is an American politician serving as the 37th and current mayor of San Diego since 2020. A member of the Democratic Party, he is the first person of color[a] and the first openly gay person to serve as San Diego's mayor.
Gloria was first elected to public office representing District 3 of the San Diego City Council. He was president of the nine-member council from 2012 through 2014. In his role as council president, Gloria served as interim Mayor of San Diego from the August 2013 resignation of Mayor Bob Filner until the March 2014 inauguration of Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Gloria was then elected to represent California's 78th State Assembly district, which encompasses much of San Diego. While on the Assembly, he served as House Majority Whip.
Gloria is a third-generation resident of San Diego. All four of his grandparents moved to the area because of their involvement with the military. He has described his ethnic background as "[b]asically half Native American (Tlingit-Haida, two Alaskan indigenous tribes), a quarter Filipino, and then a little bit of Dutch and Puerto Rican."
Gloria grew up in the Clairemont neighborhood and attended Madison High School. He was interested in politics from childhood. At age 10, he was runner-up in a "mayor for a day" contest. At 14, he volunteered to work for Democratic candidates in the 1992 election.
Gloria graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego, with majors in history and political science. While a student at USD, Gloria was active in the effort to add sexual orientation to the campus nondiscrimination policy. He was also a member of Delta Lambda Phi.
U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis had been Gloria's political mentor since they met in 1993. Davis was the director of the Aaron Price Fellows Program, a leadership program for high school students focused on civic education and cross-cultural understanding, and Gloria was a high school freshman. In 2002, Gloria became Davis's district director, a position he held until his election to the City Council in 2008.
Gloria also served as a San Diego Housing Commissioner from 2005 until 2008. Openly gay, he is also a former chairman of the San Diego LGBT Community Center and was a resident panelist on San Diego's Prostitution Impact Panel.
Gloria ran for the District 3 seat on the San Diego City Council vacated by the termed-out Toni Atkins in the 2008 election. He received a plurality of votes in the June 2008 primary, leading to a November run-off election against fellow Democrat Stephen Whitburn, a former journalist, community activist, and ally of then-District 6 Councilmember Donna Frye. Gloria defeated Whitburn with 54.3% of the vote.
In the 2012 election, Gloria ran for re-election unopposed and was re-elected in the June primary. As of his second term, District 3 included the neighborhoods of Balboa Park, Bankers Hill/Park West, Downtown San Diego, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Mission Hills, Normal Heights, North Park, Old Town, and University Heights.
Gloria was chair of the city's Budget and Finance Committee from 2011 to 2016. Gloria represented San Diego on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board and SANDAG, where he chaired the transportation committee. In December 2012, at its first meeting after new members took office, Gloria was unanimously elected to serve as Council President, replacing retiring President Tony Young.
On December 10, 2014, the city council voted 4–5 on a motion of whether to reappoint Gloria as council president for the new term, with Sherri Lightner joining the four council Republicans to defeat the measure. The council then voted 7–2 to appoint Lightner as council president, with Gloria and David Alvarez in opposition.
Upon the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner on August 30, 2013, Gloria became the interim mayor of San Diego, with limited powers. This made San Diego the second largest city in the United States (after Houston) to have an openly gay mayor at that time. He served until March 3, 2014, when mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer was sworn in. While serving as interim mayor, he remained the City Councilmember for District 3 and retained the title of City Council President; however, City Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner carried out the duties of the Council President. Gloria was considered a possible candidate to replace Filner but chose not to run.
As interim mayor, Gloria reversed several of Filner's actions. He ordered city police and zoning code officers to resume enforcement actions against medical marijuana, re-hired lobbying firms in Sacramento and Washington that Filner had fired, and ordered public records be made more quickly and easily available to citizens.
Gloria's administration authored and released a draft of the San Diego Climate Action Plan.
On April 7, 2015, Gloria announced that he would run in 2016 for the California State Assembly 78th district seat held by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, who was termed out. Gloria was immediately endorsed by Atkins and by Sarah Boot, who had previously announced her own candidacy for Atkins's seat but withdrew upon Gloria's announcement. While running for State Assembly, Gloria promoted the city's climate action plan. On November 8, 2016, Gloria was easily elected over his relatively unknown Republican opponent with the second-highest margin of victory in San Diego County. He was easily re-elected in 2018 with over 70 percent of the vote in both the primary and the general elections.
Shortly after assuming office in 2016, Gloria was chosen by Speaker Anthony Rendon to join Democratic leadership in the Assembly as Assistant Majority Whip. In January 2018, he became Majority Whip.
Main article: 2020 San Diego mayoral election
Gloria announced his candidacy for mayor of San Diego in 2020 on January 9, 2019. Gloria's campaign focused on issues such as the housing crisis, affordability, public transportation, and climate change. Gloria was endorsed by several politicians including Governor Gavin Newsom, former Governor Jerry Brown, and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott. On August 20, 2019, Gloria won the San Diego County Democratic Party's endorsement vote, allowing the party to spend money on behalf of his campaign. Gloria received 70% of the votes, exceeding the 60% required to win. Fellow democratic rivals Barbara Bry and Tasha Williamson won 14% and 3% of the votes respectively.
In August 2019, Gloria was accused of collecting funds for his 2020 re-election campaign to the State Assembly before filing his intent to run with the state in violation of state law. Gloria claimed this was a technical oversight and filed the relevant paperwork the next day.
Gloria received the most votes in the primary election and advanced to the general election against runner up Barbara Bry. He was then elected mayor in the November 3 election, making him the first Native American and Filipino-American mayor elected in a US city of over a million people and the city's first mayor of color and the city's first openly gay mayor. He was sworn in on December 10, 2020.
|Nonpartisan||Robert E. Lee||840||3.68|
See also: 2016 California State Assembly election
|Republican||Kevin D. Melton||36,013||28.2|
|Republican||Kevin D. Melton||55,414||31.1|
See also: 2018 California State Assembly election
|Democratic||Todd Gloria (incumbent)||79,738||71.2|
|Republican||Maggie J. Campbell||32,250||28.8|
|Democratic||Todd Gloria (incumbent)||140,598||71.1|
|Republican||Maggie J. Campbell||57,217||28.9|
|Democratic||Gita Applebaum Singh||12,716||3.6%|
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