Councilmember Steve Madison Bio


Steve-Madison-District-6Steve Madison was first elected in March 1999 to represent District 6, which includes the beautiful West Pasadena neighborhoods above the Rose Bowl and in Southwest Pasadena, much of Old Pasadena, the Art Center College of Design, the Convention Center & Civic Auditorium, most of the Arroyo Seco, the historic Colorado Street Bridge, and the Tournament of Roses House (Wrigley Mansion). He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and in 2011. While a Councilmember, Steve has served as Vice Mayor, on the Council’s Economic Development & Technology Committee, Public Safety Committee and Legislative Policy Committee, on the Pasadena Center Operating Company Board, on the Multimodal Operations and Development Entity Board and on the Youth Development and Violence Prevention Task Force, and he is one of Pasadena’s three appointees to the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport Authority Commission, which oversees the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

During his 14 years on the Council, Steve has championed neighborhood protection and the preservation of Pasadena’s high quality of life; a vibrant commercial environment in the Central District; high quality municipal services, especially in the area of public safety; Pasadena’s “Green City” environmental initiatives; and assisting the Pasadena Unified School District in ensuring every child in our community reaches his or her full potential. In 2000, Steve authored and secured adoption by the City Council of a resolution opposing the extension of the 710 freeway through Pasadena, and has repeatedly asked his Council colleagues to oppose the 710 tunnel. Steve was the first Councilmember to advocate for a General Plan Guiding Principle in support of public education.

A practicing trial lawyer and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Steve is a partner with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Los Angeles. He joined the firm after spending nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he prosecuted federal criminal cases including major narcotics, political corruption and defense contracting fraud cases. He assisted in the prosecution of United States v. Koon (the federal criminal civil rights case arising out of the beating of Rodney King), and was lead prosecutor in United States v. Congressman Walter R. Tucker, III; he was commended for his work in both cases by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Steve taught for 10 years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Law School, and he served as a Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” and one of Pasadena’s Top Attorneys by Pasadena Magazine.

Raised in Northern California, Steve attended public schools and graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a B.A. in English. He then attended Boston College and USC Law Schools, and in addition to his Juris Doctor degree he has a Master of Public Administration (with honors) from USC. Steve supports numerous non-profit organizations in Pasadena and has served on the boards of First Tee of Pasadena and the Pasadena Police Activities League (he is a graduate of the Pasadena Citizens Police Academy).