List of longest-serving mayors in the United States

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Some of the longest-serving mayors in the United States are listed according to their length of service in that office. The office of mayor is the highest ranking local official and responsibilities may vary from ceremonial (see weak mayor) to full-time responsibility for city operations (see strong mayor).

Current serving mayors[edit]

A list of mayors still in office and by ordered by their length of continuous service in that office. (If there is a break in their service, then this length is measured from their return to the office.)

LengthMayorMunicipalityNotes
56 yearsCharles E. LongBooneville, KentuckyEntered office in 1959.[1]
51 years, 283 daysRobert L. ButlerMarion, IllinoisEntered office in April 1963.
51 years, 3 daysJohn B. Arnold, Jr.Valparaiso, FloridaEntered office on January 21, 1964.
49 yearsLeonard T. ConnorsSurf City, New JerseyEntered office in 1966.
45 years, 142 daysLeonard ScarcellaStafford, TexasEntered into office on September 4, 1969.
44 years, 23 daysH. Ford GravittCumming, GeorgiaEntered office on January 1, 1971. Served four years on City Council (1967-1970)
44 years, 23 daysRobert BlaisLake George, New YorkBegan current term on April 5, 1971.
43 yearsRichard A. MolaElmwood Park, New JerseyEntered office in 1972.
39 years, 40 daysJoseph P. Riley, Jr.Charleston, South CarolinaEntered office on December 15, 1975.

Current and former mayors[edit]

A list of mayors in order of their total length of service in that office. (If there is a break in their service, then this length is measured as the sum of their terms.) John M. Coyne (born 1916) was the mayor of Brooklyn, Ohio from 1948 to 1999, making his term the longest consecutive term of any mayor in the United States until 2008 when Hilmar Moore took over the top spot.

Total length
of term
MayorMunicipalityNotes
63 years, 73 daysHilmar MooreRichmond, TexasServed from September 22, 1949 to December 4, 2012.
61 years, 111 daysJohn H. LandApopka, FloridaServed from January 1, 1971 to April 22, 2014. Also served from January 1, 1950 to January 1, 1968.
58 years, 233 daysRobert LinnBeaver, PennsylvaniaServed from January 2, 1946 to August 22, 2004.
56 yearsCharles E. LongBooneville, KentuckyEntered office in 1959.
51 years, 283 daysRobert L. ButlerMarion, IllinoisEntered office in April 1963, still serves as mayor today.
51 years, 3 daysJohn B. Arnold, Jr.Valparaiso, FloridaEntered office on January 21, 1964, still serves as mayor today.
48 years, 352 daysFrank E. RodgersHarrison, New JerseyServed from September 4, 1946 to August 22, 1995.
49 yearsLeonard T. ConnorsSurf City, New JerseyEntered office in 1966, still serves as mayor today.
45 years, 142 daysLeonard ScarcellaStafford, TexasEntered into office on September 4, 1969.
41 years, 146 daysErastus Corning IIAlbany, New YorkServed from January 2, 1942 to May 28, 1983.
39 years, 40 daysJoseph P. Riley, Jr.Charleston, South CarolinaEntered into office on December 15, 1975.

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