Rahmat Effendi

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Rahmat Effendi
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4th Mayor of Bekasi
Assumed office
20 September 2018
PresidentJoko Widodo
GovernorRidwan Kamil
DeputyTri Adhianto Tjahyono
Preceded byToto Mohamad Toha (acting)
In office
3 May 2012 – 10 March 2018
(Acting Mayor: 26 April 2011 – 3 May 2012)
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Joko Widodo
GovernorAhmad Heryawan
DeputyAhmad Syaikhu
Preceded byMochtar Mohamad
Succeeded byRuddy Gandakusumah (acting)
Vice Mayor of Bekasi
In office
10 March 2008 – 3 May 2012
GovernorDanny Setiawan
Ahmad Heryawan
Preceded byMochtar Mohamad
Succeeded byAhmad Syaikhu
Speaker of Bekasi City Council
In office
Member of Bekasi City Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1964-02-03) 3 February 1964 (age 55)
Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia
Nationality Indonesia
Political partyGolkar
Spouse(s)Guniarti Rahmat Effendi
Lusiana Oktora[1]
Alma materSTIA Bagasasi
Pasundan University

Rahmat Effendi (born 3 February 1964), sometimes nicknamed Pepen,[2] is an Indonesian politician of the Golkar party and the official mayor of Bekasi since 3 May 2012. Previously, he had served as the acting Mayor since 2011 in place of his predecessor who was arrested on corruption charges.

Personal life[edit]

Effendi was born in Bekasi on February 3, 1964 as one of six siblings. After graduating from high school, he obtained his Bachelor's (2000) and Master's (2006) in STIA (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Administrasi, Higher Institute of Administration) Bagasasi before receiving his Doctorate from Pasundan University in 2010.

He has multiple wives, first being H.G. Guniarti and the second one being Lusiana Oktora.[1] He has 4 children.[3]


Prior to entering politics, Effendi worked as a logistics supervisor in Halliburton Indonesia, and later as a director in a mechanical supply company.[4]

Political career[edit]

He was a member of Bekasi's Regional People's Representative Council between 1999 and 2008, and he was its speaker since 2004.[4] He was elected as deputy of Mochtar Muhammad in 2008.

In 2011, Mochtar was arrested and non-activated for investigations of bribery and misuse of city funds. During this period, Effendi served as acting mayor until Mochtar was found guilty and sentenced to 6 years in prison on March 2012.[5] In May, Effendi was elevated to mayor officially.[2]

He ran in the 2013 local elections, and won by securing 43 percent of the vote.[6] Later, his victory was disputed by his rivals over administrative reasons, since he did not register his second wife in the election process.[1] As mayor, Effendi refused to revoke permits to four churches when protested by groups.[7]

He was reelected following the 2018 election, securing 67.5% of the votes.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Hakim : Cukup Istri Sah Rahmat Effendi yang Didaftarkan". Pikiran Rakyat (in Indonesian). 5 March 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kamis Pagi Rahmat Effendi Dilantik Sebagai Walikota Bekasi" (in Indonesian). Ministry of Home Affairs. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Rekam Jejak Rahmat Effendi". KlikBekasi (in Indonesian). 29 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Rahmat Effendi" (in Indonesian). Tirto.id. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  5. ^ Widianto, Willy` (7 March 2012). "Terbukti Salah, Mochtar Muhammad Dihukum 6 Tahun". KOMPAS.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Hasil Pilkada Kota Bekasi, Rahmat Effendi Menang 1 Putaran". Liputan6 (in Indonesian). 16 December 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  7. ^ Erdianto, Kristian (16 March 2017). "Wali Kota Bekasi: Lebih Baik Tembak Kepala Saya daripada Cabut IMB Gereja". KOMPAS (in Indonesian). Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  8. ^ "PENETAPAN HASIL :: PILKADA KOTA BEKASI". Komisi Pemilihan Umum. Retrieved 21 July 2018.