Ron Oden

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Ron Oden
19th Mayor of Palm Springs
In office
December 1, 2003 – December 5, 2007
Preceded by Will Kleindienst
Succeeded by Steve Pougnet
Personal details
Born March 21, 1950 (1950-03-21) (age 64)
Political party Democratic
Children two

Ron Oden (born March 21, 1950) is an American, openly gay politician. In November 2003, he was elected the first African-American mayor of Palm Springs, California, after serving eight years on the city council.

Biography[edit]

Oden was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and holds two Master's degrees, but stepped away from the church shortly before entering politics.[1]

In 2007, he was honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.[2]

He is the father of two daughters, Brooke and Brittany. He is also the grandfather of two granddaughters and two grandsons.[3] In June 2006, he lost in the Democratic primary for a seat in the California State Assembly by less than 100 votes.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Will Kleindienst
Mayor of Palm Springs, California
December 1, 2003–December 5, 2007
Succeeded by
Steve Pougnet