Rick Kriseman was sworn in as the 53rd mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida on January 2, 2014, ushering in a new era for the Sunshine City.
As mayor, he leads an organization of nearly 3,000 employees and a city of nearly 260,000 residents. Under his leadership, St. Pete has been named one of the top places to visit in the world by the New York Times and has been ranked as Florida’s best-managed and fiscally strongest city.
In less than four years, Mayor Kriseman has delivered on his promise to build a new pier and police station, resolve the stalemate with the Rays in order to secure the team’s future in Tampa Bay, establish community-oriented policing, implement curbside recycling, promote small business, and revitalize St. Pete’s neighborhoods through neighborhood partnership grants and blight elimination. Rick is proudest of his administration’s work with community partners to eradicate poverty and increase opportunity throughout South St. Pete.
As part of St. Pete’s ‘City of Opportunity’ initiatives, Mayor Kriseman has provided second chances for minors who commit misdemeanors, raised the minimum wage for city employees, and provided paid parental leave for moms and dads.
The mayor has received considerable recognition for his work to prepare St. Pete for a changing climate and extreme weather, and to transition the city to 100 percent clean energy. He has been a proponent of alternative transportation, spearheading a regional ferry pilot program, funding St. Pete’s first bike share program, supporting ride-share, and adopting a Complete Streets policy.
Prior to becoming mayor, Rick Kriseman served for six years in the Florida House of Representatives and as his caucus’s policy chairman from 2011-2012. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, he teamed up with Governor Charlie Crist to call for a special legislative session to ban nearshore oil drilling.
From 2000-2006, he represented District 1 on the St. Petersburg City Council and served as the council chairman in 2005.
As much as Rick strives to be a dedicated public servant, he puts even greater emphasis on his role as a husband and father. Rick has been married to Kerry for 25 years and they have two children, Jordan and Samuel. Together, the Krisemans serve as volunteer puppy raisers for Southeastern Guide Dogs.