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Tom Bradley
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley meets with Rodolfo Escalera (Crop).jpg
Tom Bradley in 1984
38th Mayor of Los Angeles
In office
July 1, 1973 – July 1, 1993
Preceded by Sam Yorty
Succeeded by Richard Riordan
Personal details
Born (1917-12-29)December 29, 1917
Calvert, Texas, U.S.
Died September 29, 1998(1998-09-29) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ethel Arnold
Children Phyllis Bradley
Lorraine Bradley
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles (B.A)
Southwestern Law School (J.D)
Military service
Allegiance Flag of Los Angeles, California.svg City of Los Angeles
Branch/service Seal of the Los Angeles Police Department.png Los Angeles Police
Department
Years of service 1940-1961
Rank Lieutenant

Thomas J. "Tom" Bradley (December 29, 1917 – September 29, 1998) was an American politician. He was the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles. He served from 1973 to 1993. He was the only African-American mayor of that city. His 20 years in office mark the longest time by any mayor in the city's history.

He became mayor after an election in 1973. It made him the second African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Bradley retired in 1993. His approval ratings had begun dropping because of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Bradley ran for Governor of California in 1982 and 1986. He was defeated each time by the Republican George Deukmejian. In 1985, he was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP.

Bradley died on September 29, 1998 in Los Angeles. He died from a stroke caused by a heart attack. He was aged 80.


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