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Sam Liccardo

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Sam Liccardo
Mayor of San Jose
In office
January 1, 2007 - January 5, 2015
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
San Jose City Council, District 3
January 1, 2007 - January 5, 2015
High schoolBellarmine College Prep
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University (1991)
Master'sHarvard Kennedy School of Government (1996)
J.D.Harvard Law School, (1996)
Office website
Campaign website
Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, California. He was elected on November 4, 2014, and was sworn into office on January 6, 2015.[1] Liccardo was previously a member of the San Jose City Council, representing District 3 from 2007 to 2015.[2]

Liccardo is a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016.[3]


Liccardo grew up in San Jose, California. He holds a B.S. from Georgetown University an M.S. in Public Policy and a J.D. from Harvard University. Liccardo's professional experience includes working as a prosecutor of sexual assault and child exploitation crimes in the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and as a federal prosecutor.[2]


Campaign themes


In 2014, Liccardo published a book titled Safer City, Smarter Government: A Plan for San José’s Future that outlined his 2014 platform and vision for the city of San Jose. The book highlighted the following issues:[4]

  • Public safety
  • Government spending
  • High-wage jobs



See also: United States Senate election in California, 2016

Liccardo is a potential candidate in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent California.[3]


See also: San Jose, California mayoral election, 2014

The city of San Jose, California held elections for mayor on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. Dave Cortese and Sam Liccardo advanced past Pierluigi Oliverio, Bill Chew, Timothy Harrison, Rose Herrera, Michael Alfred Alvarado and Madison Nguyen in the primary. Liccardo defeated Cortese in the general election.[5][6][7]


Liccardo and his wife, Jessica Garcia-Kohl, live in the Northside neighborhood of San Jose.[2]

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Preceded by
Chuck Reed
Mayor of San Jose
Succeeded by
Preceded by
San Jose City Council, District 3
Succeeded by