Richard Katz (politician)

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Richard Katz
Katz in 2012
Minority Leader of the California Assembly
In office
September 14, 1995 - November 30, 1996
Preceded byWillie Brown
Succeeded byCurt Pringle
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 39th district
In office
December 1, 1980 - November 30, 1996
Preceded byJ. Robert Hayes
Succeeded byTony Cárdenas
Personal details
Born (1950-08-16) August 16, 1950 (age 73)
Los Angeles, California
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseWendy Mitchell

Richard Katz (born August 16, 1950)[1] is an American former politician. A member of the Democratic Party, Katz served in the California State Assembly for the 39th district from 1980 until 1996. Katz was Minority Leader of the Assembly between 1995 and 1996 being the most recent Democrat to hold the office, as Democrats have held a majority since 1996. As democratic leader he led the effort to take back the house in California. He also ran in the 1993 Los Angeles mayoral election, with James Carville serving as a consultant for his campaign.[2] He still has an extremely active role in political consulting throughout California.

1998 Election[edit]

Katz attempted a legislative comeback in 1998, narrowly losing the primary for the 20th Senate district to LA City Councilman Richard Alarcon.[3]

Post Assembly career[edit]

Katz was a major proponent of the San Fernando Valley secession movement—cochairing the failed Measure F, an initiative effort that appeared on the 2002 ballot.[4]

An ally of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, he was Villaraigosa's public appointee to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board and Metrolink board chair. Although he supported City Controller Wendy Greuel's candidacy for mayor in 2013, Katz was appointed to the city planning commission by the successful candidate, Mayor Eric Garcetti.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Katz is married to Wendy Mitchell, who has served in various capacities in the California State Legislature, and was appointed to the California Coastal Commission in 2010.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Join California - Richard Katz".
  2. ^ Fleeman, Michael (November 23, 1992). "A stampede of candidates entering the Race for L.A. mayor". The Associated Press. Los Angeles. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  3. ^ Our Choices in the April 13 L.A. City Election
  4. ^ Breaking away? L.A.'s coming vote on independence for the valley
  5. ^ Zahniser, David (September 30, 2013). "Garcetti puts two major Wendy Greuel supporters on planning panel". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Commissioner Biographies". California Coastal Commission. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  7. ^ Governor's Appointments (PDF). Vol. 1, B–C (January 2011 ed.). California Governor's Office. pp. 66–71.
  8. ^ "California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) Applauds Appointment of Wendy Mitchell to the California Coastal Commission" (Press release). California League of Conservation Voters. January 1, 2011. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
Preceded by California State Assemblymember, 39th District
December 1, 1980 - November 30, 1996
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minority Leader of the California State Assembly
September 14, 1995 - November 30, 1996
Succeeded by