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 Mark Ridley-Thomas biography:
Mark Ridley-Thomas is a lifelong resident of the City of Los Angeles and is one of its most dedicated public servants. He has spent his political career tackling the various complex cultural, economic, and social issues facing the city's residents, advocating for greater civic participation, and has worked extensively on the economic development and revitalization of greater Los Angeles.

Prior to his election to the Assembly in 2002, Mr. Ridley-Thomas represented the Eighth Council District of the City of Los Angeles. As a City Councilman, he worked to create greater levels of citizen involvement with respect to government proposals, actions, and decisions. His cornerstone achievement was the establishment of the Eighth District Empowerment Congress, a dynamic partnership between his office and the district's residents, business, religious institutions, and neighborhood groups. With Charter Reform and the subsequent establishment of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and neighborhood councils, the Empowerment Congress, regarded as a model for neighborhood councils in Los Angeles, still plays a significant role in demonstrating that citizen participation can be effective and rewarding. Building on the success of the Empowerment Congress, Assemblyman Ridley-Thomas created the 48th Assembly District Empowerment Congress to build coalitions and increase citizen participation in state politics.

Before serving on the Los Angeles City Council, Mr. Ridley-Thomas served for a decade as Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, the local affiliate of the national civil and human rights organization founded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1992, he has served as a member of the Aspen Institute's Domestic Strategy Group designed to foster bipartisan consensus on national public policy issues.

After graduating from Manual Arts High School, Mark Ridley-Thomas received a baccalaureate degree in Social Relations and a master's degree in Religious Studies from Immaculate Heart College. The Assemblyman earned his Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. He is married to Avis Ridley-Thomas, the Administrator of the Los Angeles City Attorney Office's Dispute Resolution Program. They have twin sons, Sebastian and Sinclair, and live in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles.
 
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Dec 16, 2008: Ridley-Thomas endorsed Assemblymember Gil Cedillo in the race to fill Ridley-Thomas' vacated Senate seat.

November 2008: Ridley-Thomas defeated Bernard Parks in the race for Los Angeles County Supervisor, second district. Ridley-Thomas subsequently vacated his 26th district state Senate seat. Website: http://www.markridleythomas.com/

November 2006: Ridley-Thomas was elected to the State Senate, 26th district.

November 2002: Ridley-Thomas was elected to the State Assembly

Previously Ridley-Thomas was a Los Angeles city councilmember representing the eighth district.

Before serving on the Los Angeles City Council, Ridley-Thomas served for a decade as Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, the local affiliate of the national civil and human rights organization founded by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since 1992, he has served as a member of the Aspen Institute's Domestic Strategy Group designed to foster bipartisan consensus on national public policy issues.

Last edited by Scott Flodin on Jan. 9, 2009

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