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Richard Katz served in the California State Assembly representing the 39th assembly district for 16 years from 1980 through 1996, during which time he negotiated major interstate agreements related to water, energy and planning.
While the Assembly, Katz Chaired the Transportation Committee for 10 years and served as Minority Leader before leading the Democrats back to majority status in 1996. In June of 2005, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Katz to serve with him on the Governing Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where Katz served for 8 years.
When Mayor Garcetti was elected in 2013, he appointed Richard Katz to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, where he served for 4 years. Richard Katz is the owner of a successful public policy/government relations firm, Richard Katz Consulting (RKC), Inc. He currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Valley Economic Alliance, the Advisory Board of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA and on the Boards of Heal the Bay, the Saving the West Foundation and the Los Angeles Coalition.
A native of Los Angeles, Richard Katz lives in Studio City with his twelve-year-old son Mitchell Robert Katz.