List of the youngest mayors in the United States
This is a list of the youngest mayors in the United States. This list is inclusive of individuals nearest to the age of majority at the time of their election; usually under the age of 25. The people listed here are notable because of the rarity of their age category holding elected office of any type, particularly mayoralties. This list also includes young mayors who have led significant or noteworthy terms.
Listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Charles Harbaugh IV Middletown Virginia March 17, 2012 1,250 Harbaugh IV was appointed Mayor of Middletown in March when the Mayor stepped down. He received 436 votes in the next election to win a four year term at the age of 25.
|Name||Locale||State||Birth date||Age at appointment||Population (As of 2000)||Term||Notes|
|Tashua Allman||Glenville||WV||1988||21||1,544||2009–present||Youngest mayor of Glenville and youngest female and youngest mayor in West Virginia history |
|Matthew Avitabile||Middleburgh, NY||NY||1986||25||1,398||2012–present|||
|Jenny Lynn Barger||Sligo||PA||1988||20||728||2009–present||Youngest ever female mayor, appointed to fill term of Mark Rummell who resigned.|
|Jeffrey Beauregard||Palo||IA||1979||29||1,988||2008–2009||Appointed to mayor's position in July, 2008 by city council. He led his community through its recovery from a flood. Beauregard won awards for his leadership during and after the flood.|
|Ryan Bingham||Torrington||CT||1983||22||36,383||2005–2013||Bingham was the youngest mayor in Connecticut's history as of his 2005 election.|
|Matthew Bogusz||Des Plaines||IL||1986||26||58,000||2013–present||Elected as an Alderman at age 22 and Mayor at age 26 |
|Nicholas Bozarth||Napavine, WA||WA||1985||22||2,000||2008–2011||Youngest mayor of Napavine, Washington Bozarth banned city workers from taking lunch breaks at a local tavern and took on a controversial police chief. Bozarth did not run for re-election|
|Stephen Brinlee||Wilburton||OK||1985||22||2,972||2007–present||Elected Mayor of Wilburton while serving as the Latimer County Democratic Party Chairman. His predecessor, Karin Woodruff, was named 2006's Small Town Mayor of the Year. Brinlee received 238 votes to Woodruff's 100.|
|Pete Buttigieg||South Bend||IN||1982||29||101,168||2011–present||Elected Mayor of South Bend, IN with 74% of the vote. Took office on Jan. 1, 2012 as the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents.|
|Tyrel Clark||Eyota, MN||MN||1982||30||1,977||2012–present||Elected Mayor of Eyota, MN with 72.5% of the vote. Took office on Jan. 1, 2012.|
|Charles Cockrum||West City, IL||IL||1980||27||716||2008–present||Youngest mayor of West City, Illinois Cockrum was elected to the board of trustees in April 2007 receiving the highest recorded vote count in the history of the village. He served nine months before being unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees to serve the remaining term when the former mayor stepped down. He was re-elected in 2009. Cockrum also serves as a volunteer fireman for the village.|
|Matt Delligatti||Fairmont||WV||1986||22||19,097||2009–present||On January 13, 2009 Delligatti became the youngest ever mayor of Fairmont by a five to three vote among council members. Fairmont is West Virginia's seventh largest city.|
|Jeffrey Dunkel||Mount Carbon||PA||1985||18||87||2003–present|||
|Scott Faughn||Poplar Bluff||MO||1980||22||17,029||2002–2004||In 2005, Faughn was found guilty of forgery charges related to a highway project he promoted as mayor.|
|Benjamin R. Frederick||Owosso||MI||1982||27||15,713||2009–present||Elected to council at age 25 in 2007, elected mayor by council in November 2009, and re-elected to second term as mayor in November 2011. Has held positions in the Michigan House and Senate since the age of 19.|
|Freddy Guerra||Roma||TX||1986||24||9,616||2010–present||Youngest mayor in Roma, Texas history |
|Rusty Hammer||Campbell||CA||1954||21||38,138||1975–1978||When elected, Hammer was proclaimed the youngest mayor ever in the U.S.|
|John Tyler Hammons||Muskogee||OK||September 4, 1988||19||38,310||2008–2012||Hammons won 70 percent of the vote over the three-term former mayor, and was a freshman at the University of Oklahoma when elected.|
|Mathias Harter||La Crosse||WI||November 17, 1984||24||51,818||2009–2013||Youngest Mayor in LaCrosse, WI History |
|Gordon Hennington||Hamburg||AR||1934||24||3,000||1959–1962, 2003–2010||Lost re-election November 2, 2010. He was in the automobile business in the 40 years between first and second terms.|
|Jerrod W. Holton||Midway||FL||1984||23||1,444||2007–present||Holton is the youngest person ever to be elected to the city council in 2007 at the age of 23. In 2008, he was selected to serve a two-year term as Mayor Pro-Tem. Due to the resignation of Mayor James Hinson, Jerrod Holton became the youngest to serve as mayor.|
|J. Michael Ihle||Ravenswood||WV||1986||25||3,876||2012–present||Ihle defeated two-term Democrat Lucy J. Harbert in the May 8 election, 63-36%, following his "Ravenswood First" door-to-door campaign.|
|Trey A. Joy||Smith Center||KS||June 26, 1989||19||1,600||2009–Present||Youngest mayor ever elected in Kansas, Trey ran as a write-in candidate against Keith Waldron. He won the election with 64% of the vote on April 7, 2009 and took office on April 9, 2009.|
|Sam Juhl||Roland||IA||1987||18||1,324||2005–2009||In 2007 successfully ran for re-election, did not run for re-election in 2009.|
|James R. Kern III||Pohatcong||NJ||1988||22||3,339||2011–present||22 years old when he was inaugurated on July 1, 2011 youngest municipal executive in New Jersey.|
|Jason Klush||Pittston||PA||1976||32||8,104||2010–present||Defeated a man twice his age (Mayor Joe Keating) in the 2009 Democratic primary |
|Marco Lopez||Nogales||AZ||1978||22||19,870||2000–2003||Immigrated to the United States in 1994.|
|Seth Low||Brooklyn||NY||1850||31||1881–1885||After he was mayor of Brooklyn, Low became the only person to be President of Columbia University and Mayor of New York City.|
|Laura Martinez||East Palo Alto||CA||October 12, 1964||27||29,506||2012-||Selected by East Palo Alto City Council on December 7, 2011, to serve as mayor in 2012. She served on the city council and as its vice mayor for three years. Martinez, a member of the Palo Alto High School Class of 2002, won a regional award for her community service.|
|Art Martinez de Vara||Von Ormy||TX||April 29, 1975||32||1,306||2008–present||While a volunteer fire fighter and law student at St. Mary's University School of Law Art Martinez de Vara led the effort to incorporate his community when he was 28 years old. He was subsequently elected the town's first mayor.|
|Derek Merrin||Waterville||OH||1986||21||5,500||2006–2011||At age 19, Merrin was elected to council. At 21, he defeated incumbent Mayor Chuck Peyton with 53% of the vote.|
|Jeremy Minnier||Aredale||IA||1993||18||89||2011–present||Elected mayor of Aredale on November 8, 2011 with 24 write-in votes. Incumbent Mayor Virgil Homer received eight votes.|
|Alex Morse||Holyoke||MA||1989||22||39,838||2012-||Youngest mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts  Youngest openly gay mayor to elected.|
|Svante Myrick||Ithaca||NY||1987||24||30,014||2012-||Youngest mayor of Ithaca, New York. The first mayor of African-American heritage for the city. Popularly elected in city-wide general election, defeating three other candidates, winning 18 of 18 voting districts, and earning 54.9% of the total vote.|
|Justin Nickels||Manitowoc||WI||1987||22||34,670||2009–present||Elected mayor of Manitowoc on April 7, 2009. Took office April 21, 2009.|
|Michael Peccon||Carmichaels||PA||1981||21||556||2002–2004||Joined city council at age 18 before being appointed to fill vacancy in mayor's office. Won election in 2002 with 85% of the vote.|
|Christopher Portman||Mercer||PA||1982||19||2,391||2002–2005||Was elected mayor in 2001 after winning both the Republican and Democratic primaries. He was 18 at the time of his election but turned 19 before officially taking office. He resigned in 2005 before his term expired.|
|Rory L. Pugh||Harper||KS||2011||23||1,473||2011–present||Current Mayor of Harper Kansas |
|Romaine Robert Quinn||Rice Lake||WI||1991||19||8,320||2010–2012|||
|Luke Ravenstahl||Pittsburgh||PA||February 6, 1980||27||334,563||2006–2014||Youngest mayor of a major American city. He was 26 when as City Council President, he assumed the vacant mayoral office upon the death of Bob O'Connor, his predecessor, before being elected to the position to serve out O'Connor's term the following year.|
|Jacob Reuter||Epworth||IA||1982||27||1,589||2009–present||Reuter, Epworth's youngest mayor, was appointed to office on March 24, 2009.|
|Raul L. Reyes||El Cenizo||TX||1983||21||3,273||2004–present||Four-term mayor, the youngest in Texas history.|
|Christopher Seeley||Linesville||PA||September 15, 1987||18||1,155||2005–present|||
|Justin Seese||Ashville||PA||1990||19||279||2009-||Won Democratic primary at 18 in May 2009. Grandson of Ashville 12-year mayor Laverne Passanita.|
|Michael Sessions||Hillsdale||MI||September 22, 1987||18||8,233||2005–2009|||
|Jason C. Smith||Jackson||MI||October 10, 1982||31||33,411||2013–Present|||
|Joe F. Sullivan||Imboden||AR||21||684||1911–1915||Sullivan was physically unable to walk, and relied on a goat-driven cart for transportation.|
|Bruce A. Taliento||Portland||ME||December 9, 1951||26||60,000||1978-1979||Taliento was the youngest person in Portland history voted onto the City Council at age 23. At age 26 he became the youngest mayor in Portland's history.|
|Philip A. Tanis||Holland||MI||1964||23||33,051||1987-1989||The youngest mayor in the United States at that time |
|Charles Taylor||Van Buren||AR||1864||21||1885-?||Killed a man while in office.|
|Willie Morgan Todd||Mount Juliet||TN||1990||21||18,727||2012–present||Youngest mayor of Mount Juliet and in Tennessee history. Also an accordionist.|
|Tye Thomas||Gun Barrel City, Texas||TX||2000||21||5,200||2000-2001||Youngest mayor in Gun Barrel City history, youngest mayor in Texas history.|
|Robert Tufts||Dorset||MN||2009||4||23||2013||The Mayor of Dorset is elected by pulling a name out of a hat and giving the job to whichever resident is chosen, regardless of age.|
|Zachary J. Vruwink||Wisconsin Rapids, WI||WI||1987||24||18,367||2012–present||Vruwink was elected mayor in a four-way race, garnering 69% of the vote with a voter turnout of nearly 50%. Vruwink is the youngest mayor elected in Wisconsin Rapids' history. He founded an tech company, ZAXX Technology Specialists, while in high school at age 15.|
|Jason West||New Paltz||NY||1977||26||6,034||2003–2007||West made headlines by solemnizing same-sex marriages in New York.|
|Olivia Webb||Ellerbe, NC||NC||1984||25||1,021||2009–present||Youngest mayor in North Carolina after being elected in November, 2009.|
|Jeremy Wilson||Blossom, Texas||TX||1986||24||1,487||2010–present||Youngest mayor in Blossom |
|Maile Wilson||Cedar City||UT||1986||27||28,857||2013–present||Youngest and first female mayor of Cedar City.|
|Harry Zikas, Jr.||Alpha||NJ||1978||21||2,482||2000–2007||Youngest mayor of Alpha and youngest mayor in New Jersey history at 21 years of age.|
|Brian Zimmerman||Crabb||TX||1972||11||1983 - ?||Called the "boy mayor" by the media, Zimmerman worked to incorporate the small unincorporated town, which had a population of under 200 when he was elected. This threatened his mayorship because of Texas state law prohibiting under-18s from serving as mayor. His story was made into a movie called Lone Star Kid.|
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