Mayor of San Jose
|Mayor of the City of San José|
Seal of San Jose
Flag of San Jose.
|Term length||Four years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Josiah Belden|
The Mayor of San Jose, officially the Mayor of the City of San José, is executive of the Government of the City of San Jose.
The mayor presides over the San Jose City Council, which is composed of 11 voting members, including the mayor. While the mayor is the head of the city council, they have no veto powers over legislation passed by the Council, as the city uses a council-manager form of government. The mayor serves a four-year term and is limited to two successive terms.
There are 65 people who have served as San Jose's mayor. The current mayor is Democrat Sam Liccardo, who took office in January 2015 and was elected with 50.76% of the popular vote.
Alcaldes of San José (-1850)
- Jose Manuel Gonzales, Alcalde of San Jose 1785-1789
- Ignacio Archuleta, Alcalde of San Jose 1803–?
- Antonio Suñol, Alcalde of San Jose 1841–?
- Pedro Chabolla, Alcalde of San Jose 1845
- Antonio Maria Pico, Alcalde of San Jose 1845–1846
- Dolores Pacheco, Alcalde of San Jose 1846
- John Burton, Alcalde of San Jose 1846–1847
- Charles White, Alcalde of San Jose (appointed February 9, 1848)
- First Alcalde H. K. Dimmick (- August 1849)
- First Alcalde Richard M. May (August - November 1849)
- First Alcalde John C. Conroy (November 1849 - 1850)
Council-elected mayors (1850-1967)
- Josiah Belden 1850–1851
- Thomas White 1851–1854
- O. H. Allen 1854–1855
- Sherman Otis Houghton 1855–1856
- Lawrence Archer 1856
- John M. Murphy 1856
- George Givens 1856–1857
- Ranson G. Moody 1857–1858
- Peter O. Minor 1858–1859
- Thomas Fallon 1859–1860
- Richard B. Buckner 1860–1861
- Joseph W. Johnson 1861–1863
- John Alonzo Quinby 1863–1868
- Mark Leavenworth 1868–1870
- Adolph Pfister 1870–1873
- Bernard D. Murphy 1873–1877
- George B. McKee 1877–1878
- Lawrence Archer 1878–1880
- Bernard D. Murphy 1880–1882
- Charles J. Martin 1882–1884
- Campbell Thompson Settle 1884–1886
- Charles W. Breyfogle 1886–1887
- Samuel Watson Boring 1887–1890
- Samuel N. Rucker 1890–1894
- Paul P. Austin 1894–1896
- Valentine Koch 1896–1898
- Charles J. Martin 1898–1902
- George D. Worswick 1902–1906
- Henry D. Mathews 1906–1908
- Charles W. Davison 1908–1910
- Thomas Monahan 1910–1914
- Fred R. Husted 1914–1916
- Elmer E. Chase 1916–1918 1
- Charles M. O'Brian 1918–1920
- Albert C. Jayet 1920–1922
- M. E. Arnerich 1922–1924
- Joseph T. Brooks 1924–1926
- Dan W. Gray 1926–1928
- Fred Doerr 1928–1930
- W. L. Biebrach 1930–1932
- A. M. Meyer 1932–1934
- Charles Bishop 1934–1936
- Richard French 1936–1938
- Clyde L. Fischer 1938–1940
- Harry Young 1940–1944
- Earl Campbell 1944–1945
- Ernest E. Renzel 1945–1946
- Albert J. Ruffo 1946–1948
- Fred Watson 1948–1950
- Clark L. Bradley 1950–1952
- Parker Hathaway 1952–1954
- George Starbird 1954–1956
- Robert Doerr 1956–1958
- Louis Solari 1958–1960
- Paul Moore 1960–1962
- Robert Welch 1962–1964
- Joseph L. Pace 1964–1967
Popularly elected mayors (1967-present)
Since 1967, San Jose has elected its mayors by a popular vote. Due to state laws regarding primary elections, political parties cannot nominate candidates for mayor, although candidates often choose to identify with a party. All registered candidates, regardless of party affiliation, compete in an vote held in June of the election year. If no person gets over 50% of the popular vote, the top two candidates automatically move to a runoff election.
|#||Mayor||Term start||Term end|
|58||Ron James||January 9, 1967||January 9, 1971||Democratic|
|59||Norman Mineta||January 9, 1971||January 9, 1975||Democratic|
|60||Janet Gray Hayes||January 9, 1975||January 9, 1983||Democratic|
|61||Tom McEnery||January 9, 1983||January 9, 1991||Democratic|
|62||Susan Hammer||January 9, 1991||January 1, 1999||Democratic|
|63||Ron Gonzales||January 1, 1999||January 1, 2007||Democratic|
|64||Chuck Reed||January 1, 2007||January 1, 2015||Democratic|
|65||Sam Liccardo||January 1, 2015||incumbent||Democratic|
Other offices held
Many mayors of San Jose have either served in other public offices or been influential in the private sector following their tenures. Norman Y. Mineta subsequently became a congressman, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Mayor Ron Gonzales served as Mayor and Councilmember of the City of Sunnyvale prior to being elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors where he was elected to serve as a County Supervisor before his election to the San Jose City Council where he serve two terms as Mayor.
Chuck Reed served as an elected member to the San Jose City Council for four consecutive terms. Two as the District 4 representative and two terms as Mayor. He was also appointed to the San Jose Planning Commission. The following is a list of statewide or federal public offices held by mayors before or after their term(s).
|Mayor||Mayoral term||Other offices held|
|Sherman Otis Houghton||1855–1856||U.S. Representative (1871-1875) |
United States Mint Commissioner (1881)
|Norman Y. Mineta||1971–1975||U.S. Secretary of Transportation (2001-2006) |
U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2000-2001)
U.S. Representative (1975-1995)
- Inside San Jose
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- "Oldest living San Jose mayor, Robert Doerr, dies at 99". mercurynews.com. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- "New Mayor of San Jose is Japanese". Associated Press. Milwaukee Journal. 1971-04-14. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- Arbuckle, Clyde; Clyde Arbuckle's History of San Jose; 1985
- Pioneers who made a difference
- San Jose case study, part one, the urban growth boundary
1Elmer E. Chase was the first mayor who was not the city's chief executive; the city moved to a council-manager government corresponding to his election. Chase and all following mayors are simply the president of the city council.