James C. Ledford Jr. was elected to his twelfth term as mayor of the City of Palmdale on November 5, 2013. Ledford also served four years as a City of Palmdale planning commissioner and two years as a councilmember prior to his first election as mayor in 1992.
A graduate of Palmdale High School, Ledford attended Antelope Valley College and received management training at Lockheed Development Corporation. Ledford, a resident of the City of Palmdale since 1968, served as a supervisor at Lockheed for six years. He also designed, built, owned and operated a small business in Palmdale for 10 years. In addition to his extensive Mayoral duties, Ledford currently works as a leadership and business development consultant.
Ledford represents the City Council as a delegate for the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority and Inland Port Task Force; is the Chairman of The Palmdale Aerospace Academy; has served as Chairman of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District Nos. 14 and 20; and has been Chairman of the North County Transportation Coalition since 1995. He also serves as Chairman of the Palmdale Airport Authority.
Under Ledford’s leadership, Palmdale is positioned to showcase a future state-of-the-art intermodal transportation center unlike any other in the world. Plans are underway to fulfill his vision of bringing together two high-speed rail systems (California High Speed Rail CHSR and XpressWest from Las Vegas), two freeways (SR 14 and the future E-220 High Desert Corridor), Metrolink, Palmdale Regional Airport, Amtrak, AVTA bus service, and other modes, all feeding into the Palmdale Transportation Center.
Mayor Ledford is also active in a number of other civic and community organizations including the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association which supports the Veteran community, and the Boy Scouts of America. He is the 2010 recipient of the William J. “Pete” Knight Leadership award presented by the Boy Scouts of America, and received the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010. Ledford was elected to both the Palmdale High School and Antelope Valley College Halls of Fame.