List of the youngest mayors in the United States

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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.

Youngest mayors[edit]

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Name Locale State Birth date Age at appointment Population (As of 2010) Term Notes
Tashua Allman Glenville WV 1988 21 1,537 2009–2013 The youngest mayor of Glenville and youngest female and youngest mayor in West Virginia history [1]
Matthew Avitabile Middleburgh NY 1986 25 1,398 (2000) 2012–present [2]
Jenny Lynn Barger Sligo PA 1988 20 720 2009–present Youngest ever female mayor, appointed to fill term of Mark Rummell who resigned.[3]
Jeffrey Beauregard Palo IA 1979 29 1,026 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.[4]
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 58,364 2013–present Elected as an alderman at age 22 and mayor at age 26 [5]
Nicholas Bozarth Napavine WA 1985 22 1,766 2008–2011 As the 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.
Nicholas Breedlove Webster NC 1983 29 363 2013–present Local journalist, mounted a successful write-in campaign for the non-partisan position.
Stephen Brinlee Wilburton OK 1985 22 2,843 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.[6]
Aja Brown Compton CA 1982 31 96,455 2013–present
Gary C. Brown Laclede MO 1983 25 345 2008–2012 Elected Mayor at 25 as a write-in candidate, winning by a landslide. Re elected for a second term. Participated in twinning ceremonies in Souilly, Muese France.[7]
Pete Buttigieg South Bend IN 1982 29 101,168 2012–present Elected Mayor of South Bend 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.[8]
Phillip Campbell Howell MI 1980 31 9,489 2011–2015 The youngest Mayor of Howell and one of the youngest ever in Michigan. Served two terms (2011-2013 and 2013-2015).[9]
Chris Clark Mountain View CA 1983 30 74,066 2014–present Took office on January 7, 2014 as the youngest mayor in Mountain View history.[10][11]
Tyrel Clark Eyota MN 1982 30 1,977 2012–present Elected Mayor of Eyota, Minnesota with 72.5% of the vote. Took office on Jan. 1, 2012.[12]
Charles Cockrum West City IL 1980 27 661 2008–present As the 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.
Kyle Corbin Union OR 1988 18 2,121 2006–2008 [13]
Jerah Cordova Belen NM 1984 30 7,269 2014–present [14]
Terrence D. Culbreath Johnston SC 1983 32 2,362 2014–present The youngest Mayor in the state of South Carolina, also the youngest Mayor in Johnston, South Carolina history.
Ryan L. Daniel Columbia City IN 1984 27 8,750 2012–present [15]
Matt Delligatti Fairmont WV 1986 22 18,704 2009–2010 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.[16]
James Diossa Central Falls RI 1985 27 19,376 2013–present Elected the city youngest councilman in 2009 at age 24. First Hispanic mayor of Central Falls.[17]
Jeffrey Dunkel Mount Carbon PA 1985 18 91 2003–2015 [18]
Scott Faughn Poplar Bluff MO 1980 22 17,023 2002–2004 In 2005, Faughn was found guilty of forgery charges related to a highway project he promoted as mayor.[19]
Blaine Finch Ottawa KS 1977 21 12,649 1998–1999 [20]
Jarrett Fishpaw Los Altos CA 1987 25 28,976 2012–2014 [21]
Benjamin R. Frederick Owosso MI 1982 27 15,194 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.[22]
Joshua Gran Caledonia MN 1993 21 2,868 2015–present [23]
Kelvin C. Green Archer City TX 1996 18 1,834 2014–present Archer City's youngest mayor.[24]
Freddy Guerra Roma TX 1986 24 9,765 2010–present The youngest mayor in Roma, Texas history.[25]
Rusty Hammer Campbell CA 1954 21 39,349 1975–1978 When elected, Hammer was proclaimed the youngest mayor ever in the U.S.[26]
John Tyler Hammons Muskogee OK September 4, 1988 19 39,223 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.[27][28]
Charles H. Harbaugh IV Middletown VA 1987 25 1,265 2012 Charles was appointed mayor when the previous mayor stepped down. He won the following election which was a no contest election for the seat.
Mathias Harter La Crosse WI November 17, 1984 24 51,320 2009–2013 The youngest mayor in LaCrosse, Wisconsin History [29]
Gordon Hennington Hamburg AR 1934 24 2,857 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 3,004 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.
Matthew Hurst LaFayette AL 1987 21 3,003 2008–2012 [30]
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 1,665 2009–2014 As the 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 1,284 2005–2009 In 2007 successfully ran for re-election, did not run for re-election in 2009.[31][32]
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.[33][34]
Jason Klush Pittston PA 1976 32 7,739 2010–present Klush defeated a man twice his age (Mayor Joe Keating) in the 2009 Democratic primary.[35]
Dennis Kucinich Cleveland OH 1946 31 396,815 1977–1979 "The boy mayor of Cleveland" [36]
Willie Logan Opa-locka FL 1957 23 15,219 1980–1982
Marco Lopez Nogales AZ 1978 22 20,837 2000–2003 Immigrated to the United States in 1994.[37]
Seth Low Brooklyn NY 1850 31 2,504,700 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.[38]
Shane Mack Castlewood SD 1969 18 627 1988–1996 [39]
Byron Mallott Yakutat AK 1943 22 662 1965–1966
Laura Martinez East Palo Alto CA October 12, 1984 27 28,155 2012–present 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.[40]
Art Martinez de Vara Von Ormy TX April 29, 1975 32 1,085 2008–2015 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.[41]
Chris McBarnes Frankfort IN 1988 23 16,422 2012–present [42]
Derek Merrin Waterville OH 1986 21 5,523 2006–2011 At age 19, Merrin was elected to council. At 21, he defeated incumbent Mayor Chuck Peyton with 53% of the vote.
Blair Milo La Porte IN 1983 28 22,053 2012–present [43]
Jeremy Minnier Aredale IA 1993 18 74 2011–present Elected mayor of Aredale on November 8, 2011 with 24 write-in votes. Incumbent Mayor Virgil Homer received eight votes.
Marcus Molinaro Tivoli NY 1975 19 1,118 1995–2007 [18][44]
Alex B. Morse Holyoke MA 1989 22 39,880 2012–present The youngest mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts.[45] Youngest openly gay mayor to elected.[46]
Svante Myrick Ithaca NY 1987 24 30,014 2012–present The youngest mayor of Ithaca, New York.[47] The first mayor of African-American heritage for the city.[48][49] 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.[50]
Victoria Napolitano Moorestown NJ August 16, 1988 26 20,726 2015–present First won election to Moorestown Town Council in 2012 at the age of 24. The youngest mayor of Moorestown, New Jersey, and presumed to be the youngest woman to ever take the oath of office as Mayor in New Jersey history.[51][52]
Justin Nickels Manitowoc WI 1987 22 33,736 2009–present Elected mayor of Manitowoc on April 7, 2009. Took office April 21, 2009.[53]
Freddie Odom Bluffton GA 1982 30 103 2012–present First autistic mayor in the United States.
Guy Padgett Casper WY 1977 27 55,316 2005–2006
Brandon Paulin Indian Head MD 1995 19 3,844 2015–present [54]
Michael Peccon Carmichaels PA 1981 21 483 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.[55]
Christopher Portman Mercer PA 1982 19 2,002 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.[56]
Chester Pritchett Roseland LA First elected mayor pro-tem at the age of 21. 22 1,123 1969–1984
Rory L. Pugh Harper KS 1988 23 1,473 2011–present [57]
Lance Pyle Melrose NM 1981 25 651 2006–2010 [58][59]
Romaine Robert Quinn Rice Lake WI 1991 19 8,438 2010–2012 [60]
Luke Ravenstahl Pittsburgh PA February 6, 1980 27 305,704 2006–2014 The youngest mayor of a major American city.[61] 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 1,860 2009–present Reuter, Epworth's youngest mayor, was appointed to office on March 24, 2009.[62]
Raul L. Reyes El Cenizo TX 1983 21 3,273 2004–present Four-term mayor, the youngest in Texas history.
Ryan Reynolds Whitney Point NY 1987 28 964 2015–present After beginning a four year career on the Village Board of Trustees at the age of 23, Ryan was elected Mayor of Whitney Point in 2015.[63]
Christopher Seeley Linesville PA September 15, 1987 18 1,040 2005–present [64]
Justin Seese Ashville PA 1990 19 227 2009–present Won Democratic primary at 18 in May 2009. Grandson of Ashville 12-year mayor Laverne Passanita.[65]
Michael Sessions Hillsdale MI September 22, 1987 18 8,305 2005–2009 [66]
Jason C. Smith Jackson MI October 10, 1982 31 33,534 2013–present [67]
Ryan Smith Jamestown TN July 6, 1986 26 1,959 2012–present
Hannah Stauts Stanley ID 1983 22 63 2006–2010 Youngest woman mayor in Idaho history.[68]
Joe F. Sullivan Imboden AR 21 677 1911–1915 Sullivan was physically unable to walk, and relied on a goat-driven cart for transportation.[69]
Bruce A. Taliento Portland ME December 9, 1951 26 66,318 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.[6]
Charles Taylor Van Buren AR 1864 21 22,791 1885–? Killed a man while in office.[70]
Willie Morgan Todd Mount Juliet TN 1990 21 24,548 2012 The youngest mayor of Mount Juliet, Tennessee and in Tennessee history. Also an accordionist.
Tye Thomas Gun Barrel City TX 1979 21 5,672 2000–2001 The youngest mayor in both Gun Barrel City and Texas histories.
Bennie Thompson Bolton MS 1948 25 567 1973–1979
Kevin Tripp South Renovo PA 1974 19 439 1993–1997 [71]
Louie Valdez Nogales AZ 1971 23 20,837 1995–1997 [72]
Zachary J. Vruwink Wisconsin Rapids 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%.[73] Vruwink is the youngest mayor elected in Wisconsin Rapids' history.[74] He founded an tech company, ZAXX Technology Specialists, while in high school at age 15.[75]
Bill Walker Valdez AK 1951 27 3,977 1979–1980 Youngest mayor of Valdez.[76]
Jason West New Paltz NY 1977 26 6,818 2003–2007; 2011–present West made headlines by solemnizing same-sex marriages in New York.[77]
Olivia Webb Ellerbe NC 1984 25 1,054 2009–2013 The youngest mayor in North Carolina after being elected in November, 2009.
Jeremy Wilson Blossom TX 1986 24 1,439 2010–present The youngest mayor in Blossom [78]
Maile Wilson Cedar City UT 1986 27 28,857 2013–present The youngest and first female mayor of Cedar City.
Parker Wiseman Starkville MS 1980 28 23,888 2009–present [79]
Jeremy B. Yamaguchi Placentia CA 1989 22 46,488 2012–2014
Harry Zikas, Jr. Alpha NJ 1978 21 2,369 2000–2007 The youngest mayor of Alpha and youngest mayor in New Jersey history at 21 years of age.[80]

Jovial mayors[edit]

Some small communities without local governments will anoint an honorary mayor that hold no official duties. The unincorporated community of Dorset, Minnesota "elected" 3-year-old Robert "Bobby" Tufts mayor. The honorary title is decided at the annual Taste of Dorset Festival in August where the winner's is chosen from drawing a name from a hat. Tufts was "re-elected" in 2013, but lost to 16-year-old Eric Mueller in 2014.[81][82][83][84]

Brian Zimmerman was elected mayor of Crabb, a small community of about 200 in Fort Bend County, Texas, in 1985 at the age of 11. As mayor, Zimmerman campaigned to have Crabb incorporated as a town, but was unsuccessful in this feat. His story was made into a movie called Lone Star Kid.[85][86][87][88]

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