Tom LaBonge

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Tom LaBonge
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Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 4th district
In office
November 1, 2001 – July 1, 2015
Preceded byJohn Ferraro
Succeeded byDavid Ryu
Personal details
Born(1953-10-06)October 6, 1953
Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 2021(2021-01-07) (aged 67)
Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Brigid Manning LaBonge
(m. 1988)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Los Angeles

Thomas J. LaBonge (October 6, 1953 – January 7, 2021) was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served on the Los Angeles City Council from 2001 to 2015, representing the city's 4th district.


A graduate of John Marshall High School, LaBonge received his bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles.


He was a member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 4th district, serving from 2001 to 2015. He won a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of long-time council member John Ferraro. The district included a wide diversity of incomes and neighborhoods. During his time in office, he was the Chairman of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging committee, Vice Chairman of the Transportation Committee and the Ad Hoc River Committee, and member of the Trade, Commerce & Tourism Committee, and the Ad Hoc on Recovering Energy, Natural Resources & Economic Benefit from Waste for L.A. (RENEW LA) in the city of Los Angeles. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Prior to serving as councilman, LaBonge was Director of Community Relations at the Department of Water and Power, Special Assistant to Mayor Richard Riordan, and Chief Deputy to Council President John Ferraro. LaBonge was a lifelong advocate for Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation, which fell in his old council district.


He married graphic designer and illustrator Brigid Manning LaBonge in 1988. Prior to his death, LaBonge resided in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles with his wife and their two children, Mary-Cate and Charles.


LaBonge died on January 7, 2021 at the age of 67.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
John Ferraro
Los Angeles City Councilmember,
4th district

November 1, 2001 – July 1, 2015
Succeeded by
David Ryu