Beverly O'Neill

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Beverly O'Neill
26th Mayor of Long Beach
In office
Preceded byErnie Kell
Succeeded byRobert "Bob" Foster
63rd President of the United States Conference of Mayors
In office
Preceded byDon Plusquellic
Succeeded byMichael Guido
Personal details
Born (1930-09-08) September 8, 1930 (age 92)
Long Beach, California
SpouseBill O'Neill

Beverly Joy O'Neill (née Lewis; September 8, 1930) is an American politician. She served as mayor of Long Beach, California from 1994 to 2006.[1] She is the only three-term citywide elected mayor of Long Beach, having won her third term as a write-in candidate because of Long Beach's term limits law preventing a two-term mayor from appearing on the ballot.[2][3][4]

Life and career[edit]

O'Neill is a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School,[5] and an alumnus of both California State University, Long Beach (B.A. 1952, M.A. 1956)[6] and USC (Ed.D. 1977).[7]

O'Neill's parents moved from South Dakota to Long Beach before she was born. She married her high school beau, Bill, in 1952.[8]

O'Neill spent 31 years at Long Beach City College, beginning as a music instructor and women's advisor, and rising to the level of superintendent-president.[5]

From 2005 to 2006, she served as President of the United States Conference of Mayors.

The Beverly O'Neill Theater within the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is named for her.[9]


  1. ^ "History".
  2. ^ "History".
  3. ^ "Passionately Positive: The Beverly O'Neill Story | Historical Society of Long Beach". Archived from the original on 2015-12-20.
  4. ^ "Congressional Record".
  5. ^ a b "The Honorable Beverly O'Neill". California State University, Long Beach. 2 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Beverly O'Neill". 17 December 2014. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014.
  7. ^ Archbold, Rich. "Beverly O'Neill's Love Of Long Beach As Strong As Ever As She Nears 90".
  8. ^ Wride, Nancy (16 July 2002). "Long Beach's Steel Magnolia". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Mehlinger, Samantha (26 October 2015). "Beverly O'Neill Theatre: A New Name For International City Theatre's Home". Long Beach Business Journal.

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