List of longest-serving mayors in the United States

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Some of the longest-serving mayors in the United States are listed according to their length of service in that office. The office of mayor is the highest ranking local official and responsibilities may vary from ceremonial (see weak mayor) to full-time responsibility for city operations (see strong mayor).

Current serving mayors[edit]

A list of mayors still in office and by ordered by their length of continuous service in that office. (If there is a break in their service, then this length is measured from their return to the office.)

Length Mayor Municipality Notes
55 years Charles E. Long Booneville, Kentucky Entered office in 1959.[1]
51 years, 192 days Robert L. Butler Marion, Illinois Entered office in April 1963.
50 years, 277 days John B. Arnold, Jr. Valparaiso, Florida Entered office on January 21, 1964.
48 years Leonard T. Connors Surf City, New Jersey Entered office in 1966.
45 years, 51 days Leonard Scarcella Stafford, Texas Entered into office on September 4, 1969.
43 years, 297 days John H. Land Apopka, Florida Began current term on January 1, 1971. Also served from January 1, 1950 to January 1, 1968. Defeated for re-election April 8, 2014.
43 years, 297 days Robert Blais Lake George, New York Began current term on April 5, 1971.
42 years Richard A. Mola Elmwood Park, New Jersey Entered office in 1972.
38 years, 314 days Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Charleston, South Carolina Entered office on December 15, 1975.

Current and former mayors[edit]

A list of mayors in order of their total length of service in that office. (If there is a break in their service, then this length is measured as the sum of their terms.) John M. Coyne (born 1916) was the mayor of Brooklyn, Ohio from 1948 to 1999, making his term the longest consecutive term of any mayor in the United States.

Total length
of term
Mayor Municipality Notes
63 years, 73 days Hilmar Moore Richmond, Texas Served from September 22, 1949 to December 4, 2012.
61 years, 297 days John H. Land Apopka, Florida Entered January 1, 1971. Also served from January 1, 1950 to January 1, 1968.
58 years, 233 days Robert Linn Beaver, Pennsylvania Served from January 2, 1946 to August 22, 2004.
55 years Charles E. Long Booneville, Kentucky Entered office in 1959.
51 years, 192 days Robert L. Butler Marion, Illinois Entered office in April 1963, still serves as mayor today.
50 years, 277 days John B. Arnold, Jr. Valparaiso, Florida Entered office on January 21, 1964, still serves as mayor today.
48 years, 352 days Frank E. Rodgers Harrison, New Jersey Served from September 4, 1946 to August 22, 1995.
48 years Leonard T. Connors Surf City, New Jersey Entered office in 1966, still serves as mayor today.
45 years, 51 days Leonard Scarcella Stafford, Texas Entered into office on September 4, 1969.
41 years, 146 days Erastus Corning II Albany, New York Served from January 2, 1942 to May 28, 1983.
38 years, 314 days Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Charleston, South Carolina Entered into office on December 15, 1975.

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