Tom Butt

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Thomas King "Tom" Butt
Mayor of Richmond, California
Assumed office
January 13, 2015
Preceded byGayle McLaughlin
Personal details
BornMarch 23, 1944
Albuquerque, NM
Political partyDemocratic Party

Thomas King "Tom" Butt is the current mayor of Richmond, California. He was a former vice-mayor (2002 and 2012) and at city council member for 20 years before being elected mayor.[1] He is a Democrat. He had been on the Richmond City Council since 1995.

He is an architect by profession and is the president of Interactive Resources, a local architectural firm. He is also a contractor and former real estate broker.

Butt founded and is currently the president of the East Brother Light Station, Inc., a non-profit organization whose aim is to save and maintain the historic East Brother Island Lighthouse on East Brother Island, a Bay Area landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

Butt founded and remains a board member of Rosie the Riveter Trust, the non-profit partner of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park located in Richmond.[2]

He won the Richmond mayoral election of 2014[3] and succeeded McLaughlin as mayor. He was sworn in by Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.[4]

Tom Butt

6th elected mayor of Richmond CA


Assumed office

January 15, 2015 (1st Term)

January 8, 2018 (2nd term)

Preceded by Gayle McLaughlin

In office

Preceded by Gayle McLaughlin

Born: March 23, 1944, Albuquerque, NM

U.S.Political party Democratic

Spouse: Shirley Ryland Butt (m. 1971)

Children: Andrew Martin Butt and Daniel Ryland Butt


University of Arkansas


Military service

Allegiance United States

Branch/service: United States Army, Corps of Enginers

Years of service 1968-1971 Rank 1st lieutenant


  1. ^ Duboscq, Geneviève (March 27, 2007). "Chevron Access Needed for Richmond Bay Trail Link". The Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "Rosie the Riveter website". Retrieved August 1, 2007.
  3. ^ Rachel Maddow Show, November 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-08.
  4. ^ Jane Tyska. "Photos: Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and council members sworn in by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom". Bay Area News Group. Contra Costa Times. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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