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Tom Bradley Biography

Tom Bradley Biography Born                  :    December 29, 1917                               Calvert, Texas Died                  :...

Tom Bradley Biography

Born                  :    December 29, 1917
                              Calvert, Texas
Died                  :  September 29, 1998 (aged 80)
                            Los Angeles, California
Resting place      : Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California
Political party      :  Democratic
Spouse(s)           : Ethel Arnold
Children              : Phyllis Bradley
                            Lorraine Bradley
Residence          : Los Angeles, California
Religion             : African Methodist Episcopal

Thomas J. Bradley (Tom Bradley) (December 29, 1917 – September 29, 1998) was the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, California, serving in that office from 1973 to 1993. He was the first and to date only African American mayor of Los Angeles. His 20 years in office mark the longest tenure by any mayor in the city's history before term limits passed by California voters in 1990 came into effect in a voter-approved statewide referendum. His 1973 election made him only the second African American mayor of a major U.S. city. Bradley retired in 1993, after his approval ratings began dropping after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Bradley unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in 1982 and 1986 and was defeated each time by the Republican George Deukmejian. The racial dynamics that appeared to underlie his narrow and unexpected loss in 1982 gave rise to the political term "the Bradley effect."


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