Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Paul Krekorian has spent more than a decade in public service. Since 2010, he has served on the Los Angeles City Council where his leadership as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee helped guide the city through the Great Recession and toward greater economic promise.
As a City Councilmember, Paul fights for neighborhood empowerment and actively encourages civic engagement. Among his many accomplishments are creating a comprehensive job creation plan for the city, raising the minimum wage for working families, establishing a task force to aid small businesses with city issues, adopting a 100 percent clean energy mandate, championing economic growth and reducing crime in the East San Fernando Valley, authoring the city's sidewalk repair plan, preserving cultural landmarks and historic buildings, creating parks and fully accessible playgrounds for children, working to end traffic injuries and fatalities, and leading the way on the most restrictive anti-mansionization law in the city's history.
In addition to his role as budget chair, Paul also helms the Ad Hoc Committee on Job Creation, is vice chair of the Housing Committee, and sits on the Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee; the Trade Travel and Tourism Committee; the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2028 Olympics; the Executive Employee Relations Committee and the Board of Referred Powers.
He serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Metrolink and the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, a coalition of leaders advocating for the Valley’s two million residents.
Paul graduated from Reseda’s Cleveland High School before earning his B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California and a law degree from UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, he spent two decades practicing business, entertainment, and property litigation, while also devoting his time to reducing domestic and gang violence.
In 2006, after three years on the Burbank Board of Education, Paul won election to the California State Assembly, representing the 43rd District. In Sacramento, Paul worked to increase government accountability and transparency as co-chair of the Legislative Ethics Committee. He also worked on landmark legislation to improve the environment, and authored the state’s first successful film and television production tax incentive, which stemmed the tide of runaway production and secured thousands of California jobs.
Paul is the first Armenian-American elected to public office in the City of Los Angeles. He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Tamar, and children Hrag, Andrew and Lori.