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Councilman Marqueece Dawson Officially Becomes Los Angeles City Council President

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The Los Angeles City Council has confirmed the nomination of President Pro Tem Marqueece Harris-Dawson as the incoming council president. With Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez absent, the council approved Harris-Dawson in a unanimous 14-0 vote, effective Sept. 20. This decision follows the nominations by council members Katy Yaroslavsky and Heather Hutt last week. Current Council President Paul Krekorian will step down to help facilitate the leadership transition before his term ends later this year due to term limits.

“Thank you so much council president, thank you all members of the council, and everybody that was advised, pushed, cajoled, and struggled with us over the past few months to get to this particular day,” Harris-Dawson said following the decision.

“A special thank you to Council President Krekorian who’s made every resource available so we could have a smoother transition as possible.”

Mayor Karen Bass issued a statement Tuesday afternoon congratulating Harris-Dawson, “I want to congratulate Council President-elect Marqueece Harris-Dawson on being elected to serve as the next Council President. Councilman Harris-Dawson has a long history in City Hall and beyond of bringing people of all backgrounds and across all sectors together. I look forward to continuing to lock arms with Council leadership to bring more unhoused Angelenos inside and make Los Angeles safer for all.

Bass also thanked Krekorian for his service to the city, “ I also want to extend a gracious thank you on behalf of our entire city to Council President Paul Krekorian. President Krekorian stepped in at a time of tumult and turmoil for Los Angeles and for the Council itself. With a steady hand, he guided the Council during a challenging time while continuing his push to advance good governance reforms that contribute to President Krekorian’s long legacy of exceptional service here in City Hall.” 

“For decades, President Krekorian has served with distinction and with a deep dedication to the people of Los Angeles and it has been an honor to serve together once again.”

Former city council president Paul Krekorian penned a letter to his colleagues, including Bass and City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto, informing them of his intention to resign from his position as council president.

“I want to thank each of you for the trust and support you have extended to me as your council president,” the letter reads. “Even more, I thank you for your commitment to serving the people of Los Angeles and continuing the vital work of restoring effectiveness, prudence, integrity, and decorum to the City Council on which we are privileged to serve. It is my honor to be your colleague.”

City officials have indicated that Harris-Dawson will serve as council president until mid-December. Subsequently, after the November election and the induction of new council members, another election will be held to select a council president for a new term. In his role as president, Harris-Dawson will preside over council meetings, have the authority to assign council committees, and manage parliamentary duties, including ruling on motions.

Harris-Dawson, aged 54, is a native of South Los Angeles. He was elected in 2015 with a 62% voter mandate to represent the Eighth District, which includes neighborhoods such as Baldwin Hills, Chesterfield Square, Crenshaw, and Jefferson Park, among others.

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