Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the first Mexican American to have held office in Los Angeles in the past 130 years will be sworn in as the President of the US Conference of Mayors this weekend at their convention in Baltimore.
As head of the organization, he will set the conference’s agenda, appoint committee and task force chairs and act as a national spokesman for the group, according to the mayor’s office.
Villaraigosa was elected on May 17, 2005, defeating incumbent mayor James Hahn, and then re-elected for a second term in 2009. Prior to his election as mayor, Villaraigosa was the California State Assemblyman for the 45th District, the Speaker of the California State Assembly, and the Los Angeles City Councilman representing the 14th District. Villaraigosa is unable to run for a third term in 2013 due to term limits.