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 (1950-03-21) March 21, 1950 (age 67)
Political party Democratic
Children 2

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


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 openly gay and 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]


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