Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus, and he really does live in the tiny city of North Pole, Alaska; a suburb of Fairbanks with population 2,117. Santa just won a 3-year term to the North Pole city council, and it’s about time, after all the guy did put the town on the map.

Santa even posted a thank you on his Facebook page:

I’m happy to announce that I have been elected to the North Pole City Council! My thanks to everyone who voted for me,…

Posted by Santa Claus on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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He was born Thomas Patrick O’Connor, he decided to change his name after growing out his beard and playing Santa Claus for children. Thomas legally became Santa name in 2005. He launched a write-in campaign to fill one of two open city council seats in the Oct. 6 election.

“I enjoyed playing Santa Claus immensely, and it was well received with the children,” Claus told USA TODAY Network last week.

The 68-year-old is a monk and child advocate.


Claus, who has almost 300,000 likes on Facebook, said he strives to promote the Christmas message of giving and love throughout the year. He notes that while he may look like Santa Claus and shares his name, he doesn’t share the unbridled message of consumerism that Claus has come to encompass.

“The message I try to share with children is that the greatest gift you can give is love and not presents,” he said.

Claus, who formerly served as president of the town’s chamber of commerce, said he planned on promoting responsible growth in the town.

Congratulations Santa, your new job is long overdue.