Al Rios was sworn in as a City Council Member on April 11, 2017, to serve his first four-year term. Mayor Rios is excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the South Gate residents.
For seventeen years, Mayor Rios has been an educational leader who has promoted higher education in South Gate and surrounding communities as Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science at ELAC, South Gate Educational Center. He has fought to increase course offerings, student services and led the effort to establish a bus shuttle service from South Gate campus to ELAC main campus. Prior to his career at the local community college, Mayor Rios has worked with several non-profit organizations in various leadership capacities.
Mayor Rios has lived in South Gate for the last 20 years. All of his children grew up here and attended public schools in South Gate or surrounding communities.