Gayle McLaughlin (born 1952) is an American politician from Richmond, California. She was first elected to the Richmond City Council in 2004 when she was a member of the Green Party of California. She won two consecutive four-year terms as the city’s mayor in 2006 and 2010. After reaching the mayoral term limit, she won re-election to the City Council in 2014. In June 2017, she announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of California in the next year’s election.
McLaughlin’s election in 2006 made Richmond the largest U.S. city to be led by a Green Party member. She has led a spirited pursuit of progressive policies including a minimum wage increase and a widely reported plan to forcibly appropriate foreclosed home mortgages from banks. Most famously, she has led an ongoing effort to restrict the municipal influence of Richmond’s largest employer, the Chevron Corporation, and to refashion its environmental obligations.