Mayor Steve Sexton was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He moved to Washington State in 1985, following his freshman year of college. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1990 with a B.A. degree in Political Science.
He started his business management career in the restaurant industry, managing several locations of a local restaurant chain. In 1994, he obtained his Real Estate Brokers License and managed several real estate offices prior to a career as a Mortgage Banker in 1997. He has operated his own mortgage brokerage since 2000, specializing in obtaining VA home loans for veterans in all 50 states.
Mayor Sexton and his family moved to Burlington in 2001, and in 2005 he was appointed to the Burlington Planning Commission. In the fall of 2009, he was elected to the Burlington City Council; in the fall of 2011 he was elected Mayor.
Mayor Sexton began his term of office January 1, 2012. His term ends December 31, 2019.