Carl Brewer (politician)

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Carl Brewer
Carl Brewer.jpg
Mayor of Wichita
In office
April 10, 2007 – April 13, 2015
Preceded by Carlos Mayans
Succeeded by Jeff Longwell
Personal details
Born (1957-03-08) March 8, 1957 (age 61)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cathy Brewer
Children 2 sons
2 daughters
Education Friends University
Southern University (BA)

Carl Brewer (born March 8, 1957) is an American politician who served as the 100th mayor of Wichita, Kansas and was Wichita's first elected African-American mayor. He won his first term in 2007. Brewer was re-elected to a second four-year term on April 5, 2011 .[1] Brewer's final term ended on April 13, 2015 with Mayor-elect Jeff Longwell being sworn in the following day.


Brewer delivering the 2009 Wichita State of the City address

Carl Brewer was born in 1957 and has five siblings he grew up with in Kansas, being raised primarily by his mother with the assistance of his grandparents.

Brewer’s first full-time job was at a meat packing plant when he was 16 years old, he also spent many summers with his aunt and uncle on their ranch in Oklahoma, where he helped farmed.

Brewer later graduated from Wichita North High School in 1975. He attended Friends University. He has worked in the aviation industry (Boeing, Spirit, and Cessna) for 32 years. He began as a sheet metal worker. He joined the Machinists Union and became a union steward. He later moved forward as a manufacturing engineer and eventually moved onto the management team at Spirit Aviation.[2] Brewer retired from Spirit in early 2017.

Brewer served in the Kansas Army National Guard, becoming the first African American President of his Officer Candidate School Class. He served as Company Commander of infantry and artillery companies for the Kansas National Guard.

Brewer represented Wichita's City Council District 1 from 2001 to 2007.[3] On April 3, 2007, he defeated incumbent Carlos Mayans in the race for mayor of Wichita by 61 percent to 37 percent.[4]

While Mayor of Wichita, Brewer also worked to develop economic opportunities for the city and state by serving in the following roles:

•President of the Kansas League of Municipalities

•Board member of the National League of Cities (NLC)

•Chaired NLC Community and Economic Development Steering Committee

•Chaired NLC Large Cities Advisory Board

•Committee assignments the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP), the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Kansas League of Municipalities and National League of Cities

•Presidential appointment representing Kansas on the Immigration Task Force

•Volunteer service with Wichita Black Arts

Brewer serves on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities and is a member of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns Organization.[citation needed]

In 2017, Brewer announced that he would run for Governor of Kansas in the 2018 election.[5] If elected Brewer would become the first African-American governor of the state.


  1. ^ Wistrom, Brent (2011-04-06). "Brewer, like-minded candidates win election in Wichita". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2011-04-06. Mayor Carl Brewer easily retained his seat in Tuesday’s election. 
  2. ^ "About Carl". Carl Brewer Mayor. Carl Brewer for Mayor. 2011-04-07. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. ^ City of Wichita - Mayor - Carl Brewer Main Archived October 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Moon, Chris (2007-04-04). "Brewer easily defeats Mayans for mayor". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-22.  A. Price Woodard, who was appointed mayor, served as the first African-American mayor of Wichita from April 14, 1970, to April 13, 1971, and died January 1972.
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