Kevin Johnson (California)

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Kevin Johnson
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Mayor of Sacramento
In office
Term ends
Years in position 7
Base salary$111,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2012
First elected2008
Next general2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Date of birthMarch 4, 1966
ProfessionBasketball Player (Retired)
Office website
Kevin Johnson (b. March 4, 1966) is the current Mayor of Sacramento, California. Johnson was first elected in 2008, defeating incumbent Heather Fargo by 16 points in the election runoff.[1]

Johnson is a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016.[2]


Johnson holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. His professional experience includes playing professional basketball and working as the Chief Executive Officer of St. HOPE, a nonprofit focused on urban revitalization. In 2014, he was elected as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.[3]


Strong-Mayor proposal

In the November 2014 elections, citizens of Sacramento had the option to restructure their city's form of government. "Measure L" - also known as the Sacramento Checks and Balances Act of 2014 - asked citizens if the city should transition Sacramento's government from a council-manager system to a "strong mayor" and council system.

Measure L was not approved, but if it had passed, the Sacramento city manager would have been replaced by the mayor as the city's chief executive.[4] A similar initiative almost appeared on the June 8, 2010 elections, but a Sacramento judge ordered its removal.[5]

Throughout the 2014 election cycle, Johnson was a vocal supporter of Measure L. In an editorial published in the Sacramento Bee on October 10, 2014, he said, "We need a more regional economic development strategy. The city should have simpler, more streamlined processes to help our local and small businesses grow and compete. Sacramento has to create more high-quality jobs that lift residents out of poverty and into the middle class. And we require a re-energized approach to public safety that increases community engagement and demands a more comprehensive response to gang violence. We can address all these challenges and more. But to accomplish all this, a strong city needs a strong mayor. We should move to a mayor-council form of government, to follow the best practices of the vast majority of large cities across the country. As the only official elected by all city voters, the mayor should shape the most critical decisions facing the community. The mayor and City Council shouldn’t have to find out that the city manager hired a police chief via an email, or have no role in crafting the budget before it’s introduced."[6]



See also: United States Senate election in California, 2016

Johnson is a potential candidate in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent California.[2]


Johnson is married to Michelle Rhee, a former teacher and education policy activist. Rhee has two children from her prior marriage with Kevin Huffman, who has served as the Tennessee Commissioner of Education since April 2011.[7][8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Heather Fargo
Mayor of Sacramento
Succeeded by