Joe Riley

Joe Riley

Occupation: Charleston Mayor (serving ninth term)

Education: He graduated from Bishop England High School, The Citadel (1964) and the University of South Carolina School of Law (1967).

Family: He and his wife, Charlotte, have two sons, Joe and Bratton.

Work experience: Riley was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he served for six years. He served as President of the U. S. Conference of Mayors 1986-87 and currently serves on the USCM's Executive Committee. He served as Chairman of the Cities Task Force of the Southern Growth Policies Board and served as President of the National Association of Democratic Mayors (1988-92).

Statement: Under his leadership, Charleston has increased its commitment to racial harmony and progress, achieved a substantial decrease in crime, experienced a remarkable revitalization of its historic downtown business district, seen the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival U.S. A., built the beautiful Waterfront Park, developed nationally-acclaimed affordable housing, and experienced unprecedented growth in Charleston's size and population. Mayor Riley has led a city government with an impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, children's issues, the creation of park and other public spaces, and economic revitalization and development. The City of Charleston is recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States.