Mark Mallory

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Mark Mallory
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68th Mayor of Cincinnati
In office
December 1, 2005 – December 1, 2013[1]
Preceded byCharlie Luken
Succeeded byJohn Cranley
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 9th district
In office
January 5, 1999 – December 1, 2005
Preceded byJanet C. Howard
Succeeded byEric Kearney
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 31st district
In office
January 3, 1995 – December 31, 1998
Preceded byWilliam L. Mallory, Sr.
Succeeded byCatherine L. Barrett
Personal details
Born (1962-04-02) April 2, 1962 (age 57)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Cincinnati (BS)

Mark Mallory (born April 2, 1962) is an American politician who served as the 68th Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first two-term Mayor under the City's new Stronger-Mayor system, the first directly elected African-American mayor, and the first mayor in more than 70 years who did not come from City Council.[2]

Mallory currently works for FC Cincinnati as the Director of Community Development.[3]

Political career[edit]

Prior to his election in 2005, he served as assistant Minority Leader in the Ohio Senate. He won a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1994, replacing his father who retired after serving the district for nearly 30 years. He served in the Ohio House from 1995 to 1998, when he was elected to the Senate.

In November 1998, Mark Mallory was elected to represent the 9th Senate District in the Ohio General Assembly, and in 2002 was elected to his second four-year term. He was the Assistant Minority Leader for the Senate Democratic Caucus during his seven years in the General Assembly. In 2003, Senator Mallory passed a resolution in the General Assembly ratifying the 14th Amendment, 135 years after it was amended to the US Constitution.

Mallory resigned his senate seat in 2005 to run for Mayor of Cincinnati. He defeated fellow Democrat David Pepper to win the election. Mallory was elected to a second term as Mayor on November 3, 2009.


Mark Mallory grew up in and still lives in Cincinnati's West End area. His brother William L. Mallory Jr. is a Municipal Court judge, his brother Dwane Mallory is a Municipal Court Judge, his brother Dale Mallory is the State Representative in the Ohio House District once held by the Mayor and his father, and his brother Joe Mallory is the former Vice Mayor of Forest Park. He is the son of former Ohio House of Representatives Majority Leader William L. Mallory, Sr.[4]

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management from the University of Cincinnati. Mayor Mallory began his career in public service as a book shelver at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. He worked there 14 years at a variety of positions, rising to Manager of Graphic Production and Assistant to the head of public relations.

Mark Mallory has received the following awards: the 1998 Meryl Shoemaker "Legislator of the Year" award, the 1999 Correctional Education Association "Excellence in Correctional Education" award, the 2001 National Association of Social Workers "Legislator of the Year" award, the 2002 Ohio Association of Election Officials "Wolfe Award of Excellence", the Ohio Library Council's 2003 Andrew Carnegie Award and the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Community Corrections Association.[5]

Opening Day Pitch Debacle, 4/2/07[edit]

On April 2, 2007, Mallory tried to throw the ceremonial first pitch for the Cincinnati Reds' game on Opening Day. Despite claims that he had trained with the University of Cincinnati baseball team, his pitch flew thirty feet to the first base side of home plate, terribly missing the intended target, Eric Davis. The ball hit the foot of umpire Sam Holbrook, who ejected Mallory before the contest even began. The pitch received national media attention (including appearances on Good Morning America and Cold Pizza),[6] and Mallory got a chance to make amends on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but again failed to come anywhere close to the target with his throw. He was given a "second, second-chance" and finally completed a toss to actor Kurt Russell.[7][8] Mallory took the incident as an opportunity to discuss Cincinnati's positives.[9]


  1. ^ "Mayoral & Council Inaugural Session". City of Cincinnati. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Felix Winternitz & Sacha DeVroomen Bellman (2007). Insiders' Guide to Cincinnati. Globe Pequot. p. 13. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
  3. ^ "Foundation Board Members". FC Cincinnati. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  4. ^ William L. Mallory, Sr. Guide to 20th Century African American Resources at the Cincinnati History Library and Archives
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2010-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2007-07-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Cincinnati Mayor Takes Ribbing For Bad Pitch – Sports News Story – WEWS Cleveland Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Mayor Mallory on Jimmy Kimmel Live!".[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Mayor Turns Bad Pitch Into Good Pitch – Cincinnati breaking news, weather radar, traffic from 9News | Channel 9 Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Luken
Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
Succeeded by
John Cranley