Janet Gray Hayes

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Janet Gray Hayes
Mayor of San Jose, California
In office
January 9, 1975 – January 9, 1983
Preceded byNorman Mineta
Succeeded byTom McEnery
Personal details
Born(1926-07-12)July 12, 1926
Rushville, Indiana, U.S.
DiedApril 21, 2014(2014-04-21) (aged 87)
Saratoga, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Janet Gray Hayes (July 12, 1926 – April 21, 2014) was the 60th mayor of San Jose, California, elected to two consecutive, four-year terms from 1975 to 1983. She was both the first woman to be elected mayor San Jose, and the first woman elected mayor of a major U.S. city with a population of more than 500,000 people.[1][2]

Born in Rushville, Indiana, Hayes went to University of Chicago and then received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University. In 1956, Hayes and her husband moved to San Jose, California where her husband practiced medicine. Hayes was elected to the San Jose City Council in 1971 and was a Democrat. She died of a stroke on April 26, 2014 in Saratoga, California.[2]


  1. ^ San Jose State University's Online Archive of California, "Guide to the Janet Gray Hayes Papers," (retrieved August 20, 2010).
  2. ^ a b Lundstrom, Mack (2014-04-21). "San Jose's first female mayor, Janet Gray Hayes, has died at 87". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)