Former Mayor Mike Gordon died at his El Segundo home on June 25 from complications from a brain tumor. He was 47.
Gordon was a partner in the fund-raising, polling and research firm of Gordon and Schwenkmeyer, when he was elected to a four-year term to the City Council in April 1996. Two years later, he was selected by his fellow Council members to become the city's 17th Mayor. He was re-selected to a second two-year mayoral term in 2000 and a third in 2002. He stepped down at the end of his term in April 2004 to concentrate on running for the 53rd District State Assembly seat, being vacated by George Nakano because of term limits
He won the seat after a tough and somewhat bitter race against Greg Hill of Redondo Beach. Gordon occupied his seat for only four months when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His illness forced him to miss several voting sessions in the State Assembly.
Gordon's mayoral tenure was highlighted by his vehement oppositions to the proposed expansion of Los AngelesInternationalAirport and the proposed closure of the Los Angeles Air Force Base.
El Segundo's current Mayor, Kelly Mc Dowell, says "It's just a very, very rough day for all of us in (the) community and in the entire SouthBay. I just feel terrible for his family."
Gordon is survived by his wife Denise, and his children: Ryan, 20, Erika, 16, Amanda, 14 and Gordy, 12.