John Valdivia was elected by the San Bernardino residents and installed on December 19, 2018 as the City’s 29th Mayor. He was originally elected to represent the City’s third ward with nearly 70% of the total vote. During his tenure as a City Councilman, Mayor Valdivia committed himself to neighborhood values, volunteering, and promoting civic pride for San Bernardino.
Mayor Valdivia grew up in San Bernardino, attending City schools from k-12, and has been a proud resident since returning from college in the mid-west.
Mayor Valdivia can best be described as passionate, energetic, and conscientious of the issues plaguing San Bernardino residents and the local public policy. He often reminds himself of the credo, "If not ME, then WHO? If not NOW, then WHEN?" He abides by that conviction as he prepares for meetings, town hall presentations, and community advocacy on issues that will improve the quality of life for citizens in San Bernardino.
As San Bernardino Mayor, he commits to dedicating the resources and personnel necessary to tackle crime and to support the businesses of the City. He will continue to exercise good neighbor values and continue to consider the impact of policy on the local taxpayer and business.
Mayor Valdivia pursued undergraduate studies from Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri), and graduate studies from Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, CA), and Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA). He is the proud husband to his wife, Bethany, and father to their two children.