Biography of Mayor Levar Stoney
Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor on Dec. 31, 2016. He is the youngest mayor ever
elected to serve the city.
Mayor Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his
father, a custodian. A product of Virginia public schools, he grew up
on free and reduced lunch and was the first in his family to earn a
high school diploma. He went on to graduate from James Madison
University, before moving to Richmond to begin a career in public
He rose through the ranks from Fellow in then-Governor Mark
Warner's office to become the first African American Secretary of the
Commonwealth of Virginia, and the youngest member of Governor
Terry McAuliffe's cabinet.
As Secretary, he led the largest, oldest, most public-facing office of
the Governor's cabinet, and was the driving force behind
transforming the process that restores civil and voting rights. Under
his leadership, state government was made more efficient and
rights were restored to more than 18,000 disenfranchised Virginians
more than the past seven administrations combined.
Previously, he served as Deputy Campaign Manager for McAuliffe's
successful gubernatorial campaign in 2013, and as Executive
Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia before that. He led
Virginia to an historic victory in 2008 and was, at the time, the
youngest leader of a state Democratic Party in the country.
He is a 2006 graduate of the Minority Political Leadership Institute here in Richmond, and serves on a number
of civic and community boards including the VCU Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board; GRASP, a college-
access organization; the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation 2019 Commemoration; and the Ujima Legacy Fund.
He is also a proud member of Richmond Crusade for Voters and the NAACP.