Herb J. Wesson, Jr. served as the President of the Los Angeles City Council from November 2011 through 2019 and has represented Council District 10 since 2005. Wesson is the first African American to hold the position of Council President in the city’s history and was re-elected three times to lead the city’s legislative body.
During his tenure as Council President, Wesson has presided over monumental policy initiatives making Los Angeles a better place to live, work and raise a family. Not only have local policy initiatives —which include raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, strengthening citywide regulations on urban oil drilling near homes and schools, and passing the largest municipal affordable housing bond in our nation's history — positively affected local residents, but in many cases the city’s actions have spurred state and national response and served as a model for similar policies.
Prior to representing the 10th District on the City Council, Herb Wesson was Speaker of the California State Assembly from 2002-2004. Under Wesson's watch, the state passed the first bill in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles to combat the negative effects of climate change, which later served as a model for similar legislation across the United States and beyond. He also created and funded the first API and LGBTQ Caucuses in the California Legislature, both of which are strong and thriving to this day.