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Women mayors in America

36% of large US cities are governed by women

By Brian Baker*


American women mayors


January 2024: Of the 125 American cities with more than 200,000 residents, 45 (36%) are governed by women mayors. Cities with female leaders include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Boston. Of the 45 cities, only ten have Republican mayors. Some 31 cities are led by Democrats, while four mayors are independents


Acquanetta Warren of Fontana (CA), who assumed office in 2010, is the longest-serving female mayor among cities with more than 200,000 people. Carolyn Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, followed her husband as mayor in 2011, while Nancy Vaughn became Mayor of Greensboro (NC) in 2013. Hillary Schieve, Reno (NV), joined the list one year later. Women mayors who took office in January 2024 include Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia (PA) and Connie Boesen, Des Moines (IA).


Los Angeles, CA

Popl: 3,970,000

Karen Bass, Mayor since 2022, Democrat

 

Phoenix, AZ

Popl: 1,708,000

Kate Gallego, Mayor since 2019. Democrat

 

Philadelphia, PA

Popl: 1,567,000

Cherelle Parker, Mayor since 2024, Democrat


Jacksonville, FL

Popl: 950,000

Donna Deegan, Mayor since 2023, Democrat

 

Fort Worth, TX

Popl: 928,000

Mattie Parker, Mayor since 2021, Republican

 

Charlotte, NC

Popl: 900,000

Vi Alexander Lyles, Mayor since 2017, Democrat

 

San Francisco

CA, Popl: 867,000

London N. Breed, Mayor since 2018, Democrat

 

Washington D.C.

Popl: 713,000

Muriel Bowser, Mayor since 2015, Democrat

 

Boston, MA

Popl: 692,000

Michelle Wu, Mayor since 2021, Democrat

 

Las Vegas, NV

Popl: 662,000

Carolyn Goodman, Mayor since 2011, Independent

 

Tucson, AZ

Popl: 554,000

Regina Romero, Mayor since 2019, Democrat

 

Omaha, NE

Popl: 478,000

Jean Stothert, Mayor since 2013, Republican

 

Raleigh, NC

Popl:474,000

Mary-Ann Baldwin, Mayor since 2019, Democrat

 

Oakland, CA

Popl: 425,000

Sheng Thao, Mayor since 2022, Democrat

 

Tampa, FL

Popl:408,000

Jane Castor, Mayor since 2019, Democrat

 

New Orleans, LA

Popl: 389,000

La Toya Cantrell, Mayor since 2018, Democrat

 

Bakersfield, CA

Popl: 386,000

Karen K. Goh, Mayor since 2017, Republican

 

Riverside, CA

Popl:331,000

Patricia Lock Dawson, Mayor since 2020, Independent

 

Islip, NY

Popl: 329,000

Angie Carpenter, Mayor since 2019, Republican

 

Anaheim, CA

Popl: 354,000

Ashleigh Aitken, Mayor since 2022, Democrat

 

Henderson, NV

Popl:329,000

Michelle Romero, Mayor since 2023, Republican

 

Corpus Christie, TX

Popl:327,000

Paulette Guajardo, Mayor since 2021, Democrat

 

Lexington, KY

Popl: 322,000

Linda Gorton, Mayor since 2019, Republican

 

Irvine, CA

Popl: 284,000

Farrah Khan, Mayor since 2020, Democrat

 

Santa Ana, CA

Popl: 331,000, Valerie Amezcua, Mayor since 2022, Democrat

 

Greensboro, NC

Popl: 298,000

Nancy Vaughan, Mayor since 2013, Democrat

 

Lincoln, NE

Popl: 291,000

Leirion Gaylor Baird, Mayor since 2019, Democrat

 

St. Louis, MO

Popl:298,000

Tishuara Jones, Mayor since 2021, Democrat

 

Durham, NC

Popl: 286,000

Elaine O’Neal, Mayor since 2021, Democrat

 

Gilbert, AZ

Popl: 258,000, Brigitte Peterson, Mayor since 2021, Independent

 

Madison, WI

Popl: 263,000

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor since 2019, Democrat

 

North Las Vegas, NV

Popl:260,000

Pamela Goynes-Brown, Mayor since 2022, Democrat

 

Reno, NV

Popl:259,000

Hillary Schieve, Mayor since 2014, Independent

 

North Hempstead, NY

Popl: 230,000

Jennifer DeSena, Mayor since 2021, Republican

 

Boise, ID

Popl: 230,000

Lauren McLean, Mayor since 2019, Democrat

 

Spokane, WA

Popl: 222,000

Nadine Woodward, Mayor since 2019, Republican

 

Tacoma, WA

Popl:220,000

Victoria Woodards, Mayor since 2019, Democrat

 

Baton Rouge, LA

Popl: 219,000, Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor since 2017, Democrat

 

San Bernadino, CA

Popl: 217,000

Helen Tran, Mayor since 2022, Democrat

 

Fontana, CA

Popl 216,000

Acquanetta Warren, Mayor since 2010, Republican

 

Modesto, CA

Popl: 216,000

Sue Zwahlen, Mayor since 2021, Democrat

 

Des Moines, IA

Popl: 215,000

Connie Boesen, Mayor since 2024, Democrat


Port St Lucie, FL

Popl: 210,000

Shannon Martin, Mayor since 2021, Republican

 

Salt Lake City, UT

Popl: 204,000

Erin Mendenhall, Mayor since 2020. Democrat

 

Grand Rapids, MI

Popl: 200,000

Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor since 2016, Democrat

 

*The original research was carried out in May 2023. It was updated in November 2023 and again in January 2024.




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