Mayor James T. Butts was elected unanimously as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on June 22, 2017. He was nominated by Robert Garcia, (MTA Board member and Mayor of Long Beach) and seconded by Kathryn Barger (Board member and Los Angeles County Supervisor) during Metro’s regular board meeting. The mayor will assume his new chairmanship position beginning in June of 2019.
Metro’s Board of Directors guides the agency’s priorities, projects and activities, and includes 13 members who represent various areas throughout Los Angeles County. The Chairman runs the board meetings and provides leadership and direction in the execution of MTA's 14 billion dollar construction and maintenance programs.
Mayor Butts is the first Inglewood official to ever be elected to the board. He represents the Southwest Corridor cities which stretch from Torrance on the south, and encompass the entire South Bay region, including Inglewood, Culver City, and north to Santa Monica. As a director, he represents 1.1 million people. As the chair, he will represent the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County.