A member of the Democratic Party, Maier was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1950. In 1960 he was elected Milwaukee's mayor, succeeding Frank Zeidler, the last of Milwaukee's socialist mayors. Maier remained in office for 28 years, succeeded by John Norquist in 1988. He was the longest serving mayor in Milwaukee history.
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|Mayor of Milwaukee
John O. Norquist
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