Mitch will continue to be an important LGBTQ voice on the Los Angeles City Council!
Mitch was raised in Oklahoma by working-class parents along with his brother and two sisters. Mitch’s father was a union truck driver, and his mother was an administrative assistant. His father’s job required him to drive out to Los Angeles several times a month, fueling Mitch’s dream to someday move out west on his own. Mitch’s childhood enabled him to realize that health, shelter, and a clean environment are necessary building blocks in creating a fulfilling life.
Mitch also realized that for many families in Los Angeles these foundational elements were woefully lacking — and this is what drove him to community and public service in 2002. Following his volunteerism for the Glassell Park Improvement Association, he became a field deputy for the 13th Council District. Mitch was later promoted to the office’s District Director position and then Senior Advisor to the L.A. Council President, now Mayor, Eric Garcetti. This in-depth experience provided him with valuable insight on how to make government work better for Angelenos.
On May 21, 2013, Mitch O’Farrell was elected to the Los Angeles City Council. As the first Native American to serve on the Los Angeles City Council, Mitch was sworn into office by Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend along the Los Angeles River on June 29, 2013, and officially with the Mayor and his newly elected Council colleagues on June 30, 2013.
Mitch is one of only two LGBTQ+ Councilmembers in Los Angeles. As a proud openly gay man, Mitch is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. He helped
identify funding and created resources for transgender awareness programs, including a woman’s shelter, and introduced mandatory sensitivity training across City Hall.
On September 28, 2021, Mitch was elected the City Council’s president pro tempore. He also serves as the Chair of the City’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River, Chair of the Ad Hoc 2028 Olympics and Paralympic Games; Vice-Chair of Public Safety; and a member of Public Works; Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity; Board of Referred Powers; and the Ad Hoc COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment committees.