Bruce W. Barrows,
Updated August 22, 2014
Councilmember Bruce W. Barrows was elected to the City Council in April of 1994 and was re-elected to the City Council in 1999. Councilmember Barrows was again elected, after sitting out due to term limits, to the City Council in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He served as Mayor in 1997–1998, 2002–2003, 2009–2010, 2013–2014 and as Mayor Pro Tem in 1996–1997 and 2008–2009. Prior to his election to the City Council in 1994, Barrows was a member of the City's Planning Commission from 1988 to 1994 and served a term as Chair of the commission.
Councilmember Barrows serves on the City's Budget/Finance, Performing Arts, Personnel, Auto Mall and Legislative Committees. He is the Council's delegate to the ECO-Rapid Transit/Orangeline Development Authority (where he served as President for two-and-a-half years) and Gateway Cities Council of Governments (where he previously served as Chairman from 2000–2001 and as a member of the organization's Executive Board from 1997–2003 and 2009 to present). He is also the delegate to the Southern California Association of Governments, regionally representing four local cities. He is the alternate delegate to the Joint Powers Insurance Authority and the League of California Cities.
Councilmember Barrows served as the President, League of California Cities – Los Angeles Division from 2011–2012. He was appointed to the League of California Cities' Revenue and Taxation Committee effective January 2012 to present. In 2009 he served on the League of California Cities Annual Planning Committee. He has also served on the League of California Cities Transportation, Communications & Public Works Policy Committee (January 2008 to December 2009) and the Executive Board and Legislative Committee, Los Angeles Division (January 2001–March 2003).
Councilmember Barrows serves on the Regional Council, Legislative Committee, and Transportation Committee for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). In addition, he served as the regional representative to SCAG from 1997–2003. There, he served on SCAG's Transportation Committee, and as Vice Chair (2002–2003) of the High Speed MagLev Task Force. He has also served as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Transportation and Arts Committee from 2009–2010, 2002–2003 and from 1997–1998. Additionally, Councilmember Barrows served as the City's delegate to the Workforce Investment Board's Policy Board from 1997–2003, including two years as Chair. In 2012 he was appointed to the Board of Advisors for the University of Southern California Price Executive Education Program/School of Public Policy.
He and his wife Teresa have resided in Cerritos since 1978. They raised their children in Cerritos, including three sons Josh (wife Yensley), Nathan (wife April) and Daniel, and one daughter, Jessica Roberts (husband Glenn), and are blessed with two granddaughters, Savannah and Berkeley, and three grandsons, Laird, Jason and Ethan.