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200 East Santa Clara Street
18th Floor
San José, CA 95113

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(408) 535-4800 

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mayoremail@sanjoseca.gov

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Biography
Meet Sam

Sam Liccardo and Jessica Garcia-KohlMayor Sam Liccardo took office in January 2015; San José has surged ever since. 

In his brief tenure, Sam has: 
  • forged a historic pension reform agreement with 11 unions that will save taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades;  
  • launched “San José Works,” an initiative that will provide jobs to over 1,000 teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods this year; 
  • crafted innovative programs to reduce homelessness, from rehabilitating decaying motels to incentivizing landlords to house homeless veterans;  
  • announced five new international flights at Mineta San José International Airport;
  • created after-school programs for hundreds of low-income children, boosted library services in every neighborhood, and expanded youth learning opportunities for coding and STEM skills;  
  • ushered a major expansion of tech employers into San José, from corporate titans like Apple and Google to fast-growing innovators such as Silver Spring Networks, Splunk and SuperMicro;  
  • launched San Jose’s “Smart City Vision,” forging partnerships with the tech community to leverage technology and data to improve safety and services, with the ambition of making San José the most innovative city in America.

In Sam’s prior public service, he prosecuted a range of felony cases as a federal and local criminal prosecutor, from sexual assault and child exploitation to international narcotrafficking. In 2006, voters elected Sam to the first of his two terms on the City Council, where he led efforts to revitalize its downtown, preserve San José’s hillsides and open space, boost funding for affordable housing and open a world-class soccer stadium for the San José Earthquakes.

Sam graduated from San José’s Bellarmine College Prep and Georgetown University, prior to receiving a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  

San and his wife, Jessica, live in the Northside neighborhood, east of Downtown, within blocks of Jessica’s childhood home, where Sam’s father also grew up, and where Sam’s grandparents operated a neighborhood grocery store. Sam descended from the first Mexican settlers in the Bay Area, as well as from Sicilian and Irish immigrants.