Terry Tornek

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Terry Tornek
55th Mayor of Pasadena
Assumed office
May 4, 2015
Preceded by Bill Bogaard
Personal details
Born (1945-11-23) November 23, 1945 (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maria Elizabeth Mascoli
Alma mater Princeton University
Columbia University
Profession Planning director
Religion Jewish

Terry E. Tornek (born November 23, 1945) is an American politician, and the mayor of Pasadena, California. He previously served on the Pasadena City Council. On April 21, 2015 he defeated City Councilmember Jacque Robinson in the general election to replace Bill Bogaard, the longest serving mayor in Pasadena's history.

Tornek was born to Allen Vernon Tornek and Gertrude Slotkin Tornek in New York City. He was an urban renewal representative with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in New York City from 1968 to 1969.

Electoral history


Pasadena General Election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Terry Tornek 8,549 54.4
Democratic Jacque Robinson 7,170 45.6
Total votes 15,719 100.0
Voter turnout  %


Born and raised in New York City, Terry Tornek graduated from Princeton University with a degree in international affairs and from Columbia University with a degree in urban planning. His political career started in the Springfield, Massachusetts city council in the late 1970s. In 1982 he and his family moved to Pasadena. He was served on the City of Pasadena planning department from 1982 to 1985, where he was involved in the revitalization of Old Pasadena, which included remodeling of the historic buildings and transformed into a tourist destination with eateries and shops and it became a National Landmark today. Also he worked in the private sector as a developer and planning director. Elected to the City Council as a council member to the 7th District in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. He is married to his wife Maria since 1967. They have three adult children, two daughters and a son and seven grandchildren. He serves on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, the group that operates Bob Hope Airport, representing Pasadena, as well as on the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.


Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Bogaard
Mayor of Pasadena