Oscar Leeser

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Oscar Leeser
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50th and 52nd Mayor of El Paso
Assumed office
January 5, 2021
Preceded byDee Margo
In office
June 24, 2013 – June 26, 2017
Preceded byJohn Cook
Succeeded byDee Margo
Personal details
Born (1958-05-07) May 7, 1958 (age 63)
Chihuahua, Mexico
Political partyDemocratic
OccupationAutomobile salesperson

Oscar Leeser (born May 7, 1958) is an American politician who has served as the 52nd mayor of El Paso, Texas since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 50th mayor from 2013 to 2017.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Leeser was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of nine, living in Sun City, Arizona before settling in El Paso.[citation needed] He started his first job at 16.[citation needed] Leeser graduated from Coronado High School in El Paso.[3]


Business and philanthropy[edit]

Following graduation from high school, Leeser began his career in the auto industry, working with several dealerships in El Paso for over three decades. Leeser was given a career opportunity in 2001, when he became president and dealer operator of Hyundai of El Paso. He had turned a local store that was only selling 15 cars a month into the number one overall dealer in El Paso. His store also became the number one Hyundai dealer in the South Central Region and ninth in the United States for Hyundai dealers.[4]

Leeser is a member of the El Paso Children's Hospital Foundation Board. He is the president of the Hyundai South Central Region, a member of the National Dealer Council, serves on the National Parts and Service Committee, and is a member of the Hyundai Advertising Committee. He has also been active in supporting many local charities and youth organizations.[citation needed]

Mayor of El Paso[edit]

2013 election[edit]

Leeser was elected mayor on May 14, 2013 after defeating city council member Steve Ortega. Both Leeser and Ortega ran as nonpartisan candidates per city election law. Ortega had placed first and second with 47% and 21% of the vote, respectively, and because no candidate received a majority, a runoff election was held on June 15 which Leeser won. He took office on June 24, 2013.

2017 election[edit]

Leeser was eligible to run for a second term in office, but announced in July 2016 that he would not seek another term in the 2017 election. Many had thought it was due to the fact that Leeser had a cancer related surgery in 2016, but stated that his decision was not because of his health. Instead, it is because he "ran to do things I thought were really important for our community and I did that." Leeser was succeeded by Republican Dee Margo, whom he endorsed in the runoff election.[5]

2020 election[edit]

Lesser was a candidate for mayor again in the 2020 election. He received the largest share of the vote in the November general election, and was elected to a second term after defeating Margo in the December runoff election.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Leeser and his wife, Lisa, have four children.[citation needed]

Electoral history[edit]

2013 El Paso mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Oscar Leeser[7] 33,266 74.32
Nonpartisan Steve Ortega 11,492 25.68
Total votes 44,758 100
2020 El Paso mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Oscar Leeser 42,895 79.54
Nonpartisan Dee Margo (incumbent) 6,301 20.46
Total votes 53,929 100


  1. ^ "City of El Paso Texas". www.elpasotexas.gov. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  2. ^ "Voters choose Oscar Leeser as El Paso's next mayor (KTSM.com article)". Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". www.kvia.com. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Oscar Leeser, El Paso mayoral candidate (KVIA.com article)". Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2019/03/07/el-paso-mayor-dee-margo-announces-2020-run-after-leeser-joins-race[dead link]
  7. ^ http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/TX/El_Paso/46985/117389/Web01/en/summary.html

External links[edit]

Media related to Oscar Leeser at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of El Paso
Succeeded by
Preceded by Mayor of El Paso