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R. Rex Parris

April 22, 2008, Lancaster native R. Rex Parris became the third directly-elected Mayor of Lancaster. Immediately upon taking office, Mayor Parris embarked on a mission to dramatically reduce Lancaster’s crime rate. As a result of his steadfast resolve, the City’s crime rate plummeted 32% in just two years. The Mayor has also rallied city and regional officials around his vision of making Lancaster the Alternative Energy Capital of the World. His many successes in this arena have not gone unnoticed; as the city’s alternative energy efforts have repeatedly received worldwide media attention.


The mayor has also served as the catalyst for Lancaster’s downtown renaissance which has introduced an entirely new atmosphere, look, and economy to this historically, and culturally valuable area of the community.

As a result of his strong leadership style and numerous accomplishments, in April of 2010, the citizens of Lancaster re-elected Mayor Parris to a second two-year term by an overwhelming margin.

In addition to his mayoral duties, Parris has an established national reputation as a successful civil justice attorney, entrepreneur, sought after speaker, and published author. In 2009, Parris represented two of five former employers of the Guess? Inc. jeans company, helping win a historic $370 million verdict.

Mayor Parris devotes a substantial amount of his time and income to improving the lives of young people. He also generously supports education in the Antelope Valley. In recognition of his many contributions, the Antelope Valley Union High School District named one of its high schools R. Rex Parris High School in his honor. Mayor Parris proudly attributes many of his accomplishments in life to his mother, an image of perseverance and abiding faith.

With his wife, Carrol, by his side, Mayor Parris has received a number of charitable and humanitarian awards. The couple has shared their blessings in many ways including providing ongoing financial support for a local food bank and vehicles for the Sheriff’s department, while participating in many events honoring law enforcement personnel. In addition, they generously fund local scholarships, and have provided financial support to Pepperdine University and Antelope Valley Community College.

In 2005, Mayor Parris was named the Antelope Valley’s Boy Scout’s Citizen of the Year. In 2006, he co-founded a gang prevention task force which was one of the impetuses for Lancaster crime reduction. In 2008, Grace Resources presented the “Spirit of Grace Award” to Rex and Carrol Parris for their ongoing philanthropic endeavors.

Mayor Parris is a graduate of Antelope Valley Community College, and the prestigious Scholar’s Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Southwestern University School of Law, and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1980.


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The City of Lancaster Pronounced a HEAL City

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 3:23pm 0 Comments

Lancaster, CA. August 10, 2011 – During last night’s Lancaster City Council meeting, the Council received a plaque recognizing the City of Lancaster as a HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) City.


“The health of our community is extremely important,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Studies show that…


City of Lancaster Furthers Partnership with Taiwan-based Company, US Topco Energy Inc.

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

City of Lancaster Mayor Rex R. Parris and representatives from U.S. TopCo Energy Inc. met today to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and a power purchase agreement (PPA) regarding US TopCo’s upcoming construction of solar facilities in Lancaster. 


“We are thrilled to have developed this partnership with…


Dr. Jennifer Hill Named City of Lancaster’s 2010 Citizen of the Year

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 3:19pm 0 Comments

Dr. Jennifer Hill has been named the City of Lancaster Citizen of the Year for 2010. Dr. Hill is the Medical Director of Radiology at both Antelope Valley Hospital and Renaissance Imaging Center at AVH (AVOIC). She is being recognized for her contributions and efforts to better her community and…


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At 6:49pm on April 28, 2011, Monica Whitmer gave R. Rex Parris a gift
Thanks for helping us get the carriage On the BLVD!!!
At 5:18pm on March 12, 2011, Wayne Slater-Lunsford said…

I'm very glad to see you here on IlLiveToday, Rex.  I am heartened and inspired by what these folks are doing for the valley, and by the real progress you have spearheaded here.

We have a long and challenging road ahead, and I am proud to share it with you, sir!

At 12:02pm on January 20, 2011, Graphic Experience 945.1718 said…
Have a great birthday !
At 9:03am on January 20, 2011, Stokely Wilson said…


Happy Birthday!

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At 10:45pm on January 15, 2011, Bob Howard said…
Hello Mayor Rex Parris. I think every family in the Antelope Valley should have access to your State of the City Address. I watched all 7 segments of your speech on YouTube. I feel inspired and empowered to be a better citizen in my own community of Lancaster. I hope the families in Lancaster will make more of an effort to help their children to achieve all they can be and make the city of Lancaster a role model for our State. Thanks for you vision of the future.
At 12:48pm on October 29, 2010, Graphic Experience 945.1718 said…
Welcome, Mayor Parris. You will find this site to be the MOST INFORMATIVE site in the Antelope Valley ! Jim Greenleaf / AKA Santa is a great man to know.
At 12:45pm on October 29, 2010, Stokely Wilson said…
Welcome to the group.
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