Mayor Rich Kinney is a native Californian, born into a military family and raised on or near Army bases in California, Missouri and Germany. He has lived in his district SD9 for 37 years, 20 years in San Leandro and 17 years in San Pablo. He’s been married to his lovely wife, Jasmine, 33 years this passed June and they have three beautiful children, two son-in-laws and two wonderful grandchildren.
Rich came to San Pablo in 1999 to Pastor an inner-city Church where he oversaw ministry to many underprivileged children, drug addicts and alcoholics, homeless, those in gangs, human trafficking and many more. His Church and Family took inner-city children, youth and young adults to the snow in the winters and camping in the summers. Many every year saw snow, slept in a tent or swam in a lake for their very first time.
He has served as Police Chaplain, Richmond High School Basketball Coach, started Neighborhood Watch groups, is a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Member, and has organized many community outreaches and March for Jesus Parades jointly with other Churches, as well as the Annual National Day of Prayer in his City.
Rich was elected to the City Council in 2012, served on the League of California Cities’ Housing and Economic Development Policy Committee, and many other tasks, as well as the monthly Contra Costa Mayor’s Conference and the West County Mayor’s and Supervisor Conference.
He ran for the State Assembly in 2014 and came in 4th place in a field of 8 candidates. The California Republican Party rewarded his valiant efforts by welcoming him as a delegate and he was appointed to serve on the Platform Committee and was instrumental in protecting the Traditional Marriage plank while supporting same sex couples’ equal rights and privileges under the current laws. Rich also initiated the new plank of Freedom of Religion to be restored to our 2015 State Platform, and Chairman Jim Brulte carried the new plank through the floor at the Convention and saw it overwhelmingly approved.
Rich served his City as Vice Mayor in 2015 and was elected by his constituents to serve as Mayor for 2016. He is a full-time Teacher at the Sylvester Greenwood Academy in Richmond, he ran unsuccessfully as a Candidate for the State Senate in June 2016, continues to serve his community, speaks to Community Groups and Churches and still sings Patriotic Songs upon request.