In November 2006, Patricia M. Mahan was re-elected to a four-year term as mayor of the City of Santa Clara, the third largest city in Santa Clara County. Located in the center of Silicon Valley with a population of 115,503, Santa Clara is home to some of the nation’s most prominent high technology corporations, including: Applied Materials, Intel, National Semiconductor, and Sun Microsystems.
A diverse educational background has provided Mayor Mahan with a strong foundation to become an effective leader in Santa Clara. After receiving her teaching credentials at San Jose State University, she taught speech, drama and English at the junior high and high school levels. She continued her education to earn her juris doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and has had an active law practice since 1980, with her office now located in Santa Clara.
Her initial interest in local government occurred during efforts to restore her grandmother’s Victorian house, in which she still lives today. She was appointed by the City Council as a Historical & Landmarks Commissioner in 1993, elected to the City Council in 1994, re-elected in 1998, then elected as Mayor in 2002 and re-elected for a second term as Mayor in 2006.
In addition to serving on the City Council, Mayor Mahan also serves the City of Santa Clara as a Member of the Redevelopment Agency, the Sports & Open Space Authority, Authority Member of the Industrial Development Authority, and as a Member of the Joint Financing Authority of the City.
In addition to her professional duties, Mayor Mahan serves on numerous City committees including the Architectural Committee, Council Officers and Elected Full Time Employees Performance/ Salary Review Committee, Mission City 21 Committee, Police Activities League, Santa Clara Sister Cities Association, and serves as Chair of the SCU Liaison/Neighborhood-University Relations Committee.
Regionally, Mayor Mahan represents Santa Clara on the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency and the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Water System Financing Authority, the City/ Mission College Liaison Committee, Grand Boulevard Task Force, Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities, San Jose/Santa Clara Clean Water Financing Authority, San Jose/Santa Clara Treatment Plant Advisory Committee, Santa Clara County Cities’ Association Board of Directors and City Selection Committee, and the South Bay Dischargers Authority.
A native Santa Claran, Mayor Mahan has remained active in a variety of civic organizations. Her involvement includes serving as a Board Member and Past-President of the Lions Blind Center of Santa Clara Valley; a Member of the Democratic Century Club; Legal Hearing Officer, Santa Clara County Assessment Appeals Board; and with the Santa Clara Sister Cities Association hosting students and dignitaries from Santa Clara’s sister cities Izumo, Japan and Coimbra, Portugal. Mayor Mahan has served as a Past Board Member of the Bill Wilson Center, Past Board Member of the Crisis Line for the Handicapped, and Past President of the Santa Clara County Cities Association.
As Mayor, Patricia Mahan continues to emphasize the mission of the City of Santa Clara: To promote a living and working environment that allows for the best quality of life by serving the community with resourceful, efficient, progressive and professional leadership. Mayor Mahan, together with the City Council, work toward the Council’s clear vision: Superb, affordable services in a caring community that values Santa Clara’s rich history and nurtures technologies that build the future.