On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Rick Kriseman was elected as the 53rd mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was sworn into office on Thursday, January 2, 2014 on the front steps of St. Petersburg City Hall.
In 2000, he was appointed to a vacancy on the St. Petersburg City Council, elected in 2001, and reelected in 2003 with more than 76 percent of the vote. During his time on Council he served on the Public Arts Committee, the Arts Advisory Committee, as Chair of the Public Safety, Service and Infrastructure Committee and as the Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Rick also was a member of the Special Committee on Wheeled Recreation, the Council Procedures Committee, the Transportation Impact Fee Task Force, The Livable Communities Task Force, the Pinellas County Cultural Arts Advisory Task Force, and served as Vice-Chair of the Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
Rick ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 2006, winning with 60 percent of the vote. Soon after taking office, Rick was named the Ranking Democrat on the Committee on Energy and was appointed to both the Environment and Natural Resources Council and the Education Committee on 21st Century Competitiveness. His constituents re-elected him without opposition in 2008 and with nearly 60 percent of the vote in 2010. His colleagues rewarded his leadership and work ethic by naming him their Policy Chair for 2011-12.
Mayor Kriseman earned a B.S. in broadcasting from the University of Florida, and after graduation from the Stetson University College of Law was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987. Mayor Kriseman is married to Kerry, a St. Petersburg native who works as a comptroller for Creative Clay, a local non-profit. They have a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Samuel. Together, the Krisemans serve as a volunteer puppy raiser family for Southeastern Guide Dogs.