Steve Pougnet

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Steve Pougnet
Steve Pougnet.jpg
20th Mayor of Palm Springs
In office
December 5, 2007 – December 9, 2015
Preceded by Ron Oden
Succeeded by Robert Moon
Member of the Palm Springs City Council
In office
Personal details
Born Stephen P. Pougnet
(1963-04-27) April 27, 1963 (age 53)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Christopher Green (m. 2008)
Children 2

Stephen P. "Steve" Pougnet (born April 27, 1963) is an American Democratic politician who served as the mayor of Palm Springs, California from 2007 to 2015.[1]


Pougnet was born in Flint, Michigan. Pougnet earned his Bachelor of Arts in business from Michigan State University in 1985 and later started his life of service to the public when he was elected to the Palm Springs City Council in 2003.[2]


  • Vice Chairman of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG)
  • Chairman of the Energy & Water Conservation Subcommittee
  • Vice-Chairman of the CVAG Energy and Environment Committee
  • Vice Chairman of Sunline Transit Agency, the region’s public transportation management organization
  • Board Member of the Palm Springs Desert Resort Convention Visitors Authority
  • Member of the Riverside County Transportation Commission.
  • Serves on the Riverside County Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee.


Pougnet is openly gay.[3] He married Christopher Green in 2008, and they have two twin children named Beckham and Julia.[2]


In 2010, Pougnet ran unopposed in the June 2010 primary election to win the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives seat representing California's 45th congressional district. In the November 2010 election, he ran against American Independent Bill Lussenheide and Republican incumbent, Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack defeated both Pougnet and Lussenheide in the general election.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City of Palm Springs: Mayor & City Council". Archived from the original on December 20, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "About Steve Pougnet". California Democratic Council. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ " - Corner of Hollywood and Gay". Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  4. ^ Felci, Erica (June 9, 2010). "Easy win for Rep. Mary Bono Mack". The Desert Sun. Retrieved June 9, 2010. [dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Oden
Mayor of Palm Springs, California
December 5, 2007–December 9, 2015
Succeeded by
Robert Moon