Mayor Tri Ta was elected on November 8, 2016 to serve his third term as mayor. Mayor Ta was first elected to the Westminster City Council in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010. In 2008, he was selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. Mayor Ta became the first Vietnamese-American elected mayor in the United States with his victory on November 6, 2012; he was re-elected as mayor in November 2014.
Prior to being elected to the Council, he served as a commissioner for the City's Energy Committee and Advisory Committee for the Disabled. Tri Ta currently represents Westminster on the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors serving on their Executive Committee and their Budget and Finance Committee; the Orange County Council of Governments; the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board; and the Orange County Transportation Authority Central County Corridor MIS and I-405 Policy Working Group. He also serves as Council representative to ad hoc commission and committees that include the City's Water Rate Structure Committee; Zoning Code Update Committee; 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Advisory Committee and Energy Committee.
Tri Ta was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He came to the United States with his family in 1992 at the age of nineteen. He then received a B.A. in Political Science and has completed the requirements for an M.A. in International Relations. Tri appreciates the opportunities given to him by the political process and democracy in the United States, leading him to begin working as a legislative representative in 1998. That position gave Tri his first glimpse at the mainstream political operation and hands-on experience in helping many people from different backgrounds with various issues.
From 1998 to 2006, Tri worked as a career consultant and then an employment counselor enabling him to help numerous families from all ethnic groups become self-sufficient and less reliant on public assistance by developing better job searching skills, and/or adequate vocational training to obtain sustainable employment. He also helped with a variety of supportive services such as transportation, childcare, housing, shelter, ancillary and much more. Tri's dedication, integrity, and professionalism has always been recognized by his coworkers and clients.
Tri has been active in many non-profit organizations, committees and projects, including UVSA; VPAC; New Horizon; Orange History Program; NAVASA; Rancho Santiago Community College District's Measure Advisory Committee; Giving Back Program; Asian Pacific National Steering Committee and Kiwanis International. He is frequently sought-after by universities as an inspirational speaker whose ultimate message to the youth is "follow your dream 'til the end."
Tri Ta is a dedicated husband and father. He met his wife, Anh Doan by what he calls "an act of destiny," and together they have journeyed through many challenging paths. In 2002 they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Trianh. In 2007 their family welcomed a second precious gift of life, daughter Trimy.