Tom Butt was elected Mayor of Richmond in November of 2014 with more than 50 percent of the vote and was sworn in for a four-year term on January 13, 2015. Prior to winning the mayoral election, he served on the Richmond City Council for 20 years and served as the city’s vice-mayor in 2002 and 2012.
Mayor Butt’s top priorities include removing impediments to business without sacrificing quality or the environment, launching the Richmond Ferry Service, ensuring a viable future for Hilltop Mall, supporting Richmond’s Main Street Initiative, developing a strategic marketing brand for the city, completing Richmond’s sections of the Bay Trail, redeveloping Point Molate, connecting youth with job opportunities, implementing the Richmond Promise scholarship program, and keeping crime low.
Mayor Butt is also principal-in-charge of an architectural firm, Interactive Resources, and continues to work as an architect. The firm is a leader in sustainable design with projects certified as LEED Silver, Gold and Platinum. Interactive Resources has been in business for over 40 years in Richmond with up to 20 employees.
Mayor Butt founded East Brother Light Station, Inc., a non-profit that restored and continues to operate East Brother Light Station as a public service, and is a founder and board member of Rosie the Riveter Trust, the non-profit partner of Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
Mayor Butt has been married to his wife, Shirley Butt, since 1971. They have two sons, Daniel and Andrew, and five grandchildren. Mayor Butt earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from UCLA. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including in Vietnam 1969-70. Mayor Butt has received numerous awards for his years of public service.