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.)

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.)

LengthMayorMunicipalityNotes
55 yearsCharles E. LongBooneville, KentuckyEntered office in 1959.[1]
51 years, 133 daysRobert L. ButlerMarion, IllinoisEntered office in April 1963.
50 years, 218 daysJohn B. Arnold, Jr.Valparaiso, FloridaEntered office on January 21,1964.
48 yearsLeonard T. ConnorsSurf City, New JerseyEntered office in 1966.
44 years, 357 daysLeonard ScarcellaStafford, TexasEntered into office on September 4, 1969.
43 years, 238 daysJohn H. LandApopka, FloridaBegan current term on January 1, 1971. Also served from January 1, 1950 to January 1, 1968. Defeated for re-election April 8, 2014.
43 years, 238 daysRobert BlaisLake George, New YorkBegan current term on April 5, 1971.
42 yearsRichard A. MolaElmwood Park, New JerseyEntered office in 1972.
38 years, 255 daysJoseph P. Riley, Jr.Charleston, South CarolinaEntered office on December 15, 1975.
Total length
of term
MayorMunicipalityNotes
63 years, 73 daysHilmar MooreRichmond, TexasServed from September 22, 1949 to December 4, 2012.
61 years, 238 daysJohn H. LandApopka, FloridaEntered into January 1, 1971. Also served from January 1, 1950 to January 1, 1968.
58 years, 233 daysRobert LinnBeaver, PennsylvaniaServed from January 2, 1946 to August 22, 2004.
55 yearsCharles E. LongBooneville, KentuckyEntered into office in 1959.
51 years, 133 daysRobert L. ButlerMarion, IllinoisEntered office in April 1963, still serves as mayor today.
50 years, 218 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.
48 yearsLeonard T. ConnorsSurf City, New JerseyEntered office in 1966, still serves as mayor today.
44 years, 357 daysLeonard ScarcellaStafford, TexasEntered into office on September 4, 1969.
41 years, 232 daysErastus Corning IIAlbany, New YorkServed from January 2, 1942 to August 22, 1983.
38 years, 255 daysJoseph P. Riley, Jr.Charleston, South CarolinaEntered into office on December 15, 1975.

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