Prior to being a candidate for Governor, he served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, California (2005–13), member of the California State Assembly (1994–2000), the Democratic leader of the Assembly (1996–98), and the Speaker of the California State Assembly (1998–2000).
He was term limited and could not run for re-election in 2013.
He continues to be actively engaged in education, civic engagement, water, immigration, transportation, and economic development issues.
In 2003, Villaraigosa defeated incumbent Councilman Nick Pacheco to win a seat on the Los Angeles City Council representing the 14th District.
Villaraigosa placed first in the primary for the Los Angeles mayoral election of March 8, 2005, and won the run-off election on May 17, receiving 58.7% of the vote.
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