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.

Youngest mayors[edit]

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Name Locale State Birth date Age at appointment Population
(2010 Census)
Term Notes
Matthew Bogusz Des Plaines IL 1986 26 58,364 2013–present Elected as an alderman at age 22 and mayor at age 26 [1]
Aja Brown Compton CA 1982 31 96,455 2013–present
Pete Buttigieg South Bend IN 1982 29 101,168 2012–present Elected Mayor of South Bend with 74% of the vote. Took office on January 1, 2012 as the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents.[2]
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.[3][4]
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.[5]
William A. Egan Valdez AK 1914 32 3,977 1946
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.[6]
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.[7][8]
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.[9][10]
Dennis Kucinich Cleveland OH 1946 31 396,815 1977–1979 "The boy mayor of Cleveland" [11]
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.[12]
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.[13]
Byron Mallott Yakutat AK 1943 22 662 1965–1966 Elected Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in 2014 at age 71 making him the oldest person elected to that office.
Andy Manar Bunker Hill IL 2001 25 1,801 2001–2003 Manar was first elected to the Bunker Hill City Council at age 21.[14]
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.[15]
Steve McAlpine Valdez AK 1949 31 3,977 1980–1982
Marcus Molinaro Tivoli NY 1975 19 1,118 1995–2007 [16][17]
Alex B. Morse Holyoke MA 1989 22 39,880 2012–present The youngest mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts.[18] Youngest openly gay mayor to elected.[19]
Svante Myrick Ithaca NY 1987 24 30,014 2012–present The youngest mayor of Ithaca, New York.[20] The first mayor of African-American heritage for the city.[21][22] Popularly elected in citywide general election, defeating three other candidates, winning 18 of 18 voting districts, and earning 54.9% of the total vote.[23]
Victoria Napolitano Moorestown NJ August 16, 1988 26 20,726 2015–2016 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.[24][25]
Justin Nickels Manitowoc WI 1987 22 33,736 2009–present Elected mayor of Manitowoc on April 7, 2009. Took office April 21, 2009.[26]
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
Sarah Palin Wasilla AK 1964 32 7,831 1996–2002
Brandon Presley Nettleton MS 2001 21 1,932 2001–2007 He is currently a member of the Mississippi Public Service Commission.[27]
Romaine Quinn Rice Lake WI 1991 19 8,438 2010–2012 [28]
Luke Ravenstahl Pittsburgh PA February 6, 1980 27 305,704 2006–2014 The youngest mayor of a major American city.[29] 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.
Michael Sessions Hillsdale MI September 22, 1987 18 8,305 2005–2009 [30]
Erin Stewart New Britain, Connecticut CT 2013 26 73,206 2013- Present First female mayor to get re-elected.
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
Alex Torpey South Orange NJ August 10, 1987 23 16,198 2011–2015 Youngest in the Village's history. Won by 13 votes.
Michael Tubbs Stockton CA 1990 26 315,592 2017–present He went on to win the election, receiving 70.6% of the vote and becoming both the city's first black mayor and at 26 the youngest person to ever hold that office.[31]
Bill Walker Valdez AK 1951 27 3,977 1979–1980 Youngest mayor of Valdez.[32]
Jason West New Paltz NY 1977 26 6,818 2003–2007; 2011–2015 West made headlines by solemnizing same-sex marriages in New York.[33]
Don Young Fort Yukon AK 1933 31 583 1964–1968

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.[34][35][36][37]

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.[38][39][40][41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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