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Mayor of City of Los Angeles
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Eric Garcetti

since July 1, 2013
Style His Honor
Residence Getty House
Term length Four years
(renewable once)
Inaugural holder Alpheus P. Hodges
Formation 1850
Salary $269,365

The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is the official head and chief executive officer of Los Angeles, California, United States. The officeholder is elected for a four-year term and limited to serving no more than two terms. Under the Constitution of California, all judicial, school, county and city offices, including those of chartered cities, are nonpartisan.

There are 42 people who have served as mayor in Los Angeles since 1850, when California became a state following the American Conquest of California. Prior to the conquest, Californios served as Mayor of Los Angeles during the Spanish and Mexican eras since 1781. Eric Garcetti has been the city's current mayor since 2013.

Duties and powers

Los Angeles has a strong mayor council form of government, giving the mayor the position of chief executive of the city. The mayor is given the authority to appoint general managers and commissioners, remove officials from city posts, and is required to propose a budget each year. Most of the mayor's appointments and proposals are subject to approval by the Los Angeles City Council, but the mayor has the power of veto or approval of City Council legislation.

The organization of the mayor's office changes with administration, but is almost always governed by a chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, director of communications, and several deputy mayors. Each mayor also organizes his office into different offices, usually containing the Los Angeles Housing Team, Los Angeles Business Team, International Trade Office, Mayor's Volunteer Corps, and Office of Immigrant Affairs, among other divisions.

The mayor has an office in the Los Angeles City Hall and resides at the Mayor's Mansion, Getty House, located in Windsor Square in Hancock Park. As of Fiscal Year 2015–16, the salary for the mayor is set at $239,993.


See also: List of Los Angeles municipal election returns

The mayor is elected in citywide election. Elections follow a two-round system. The first round of the election is called the primary election. The candidate receiving a majority of the vote in the primary is elected outright. If no candidate receives a majority, the top two candidates advance to a runoff election, called the general election. The City Charter allows for write-in candidates for the primary election, but not for the runoff in the general election. The mayor is elected to a four-year term, with a limit of two consecutive terms. The office of Mayor is officially nonpartisan by state law, although most mayoral candidates identify a party preference.

Elections for mayor were held in odd-numbered years from 1909 until 2013. In October 2014, the Los Angeles City Council recommended consolidating city elections with gubernatorial and presidential elections in even-numbered years in an effort to increase turnout. On March 3, 2015, voters passed a charter amendment to extend the term of the mayor elected in 2017 to five-and-a-half years. From 2022 and onward, mayoral elections will be consolidated with the statewide gubernatorial elections held every four years.

The most recent election was held in May 2013. Incumbent mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was ineligible to run for reelection due to term limits. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel received the most votes in the March primary, and Garcetti was elected mayor in the May runoff election. Garcetti assumed office July 1, 2013, becoming the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles.


In the case of an office vacancy, the City Council has a choice to appoint a new mayor or to hold a special election. The replacement, if appointed, will serve until the next regularly scheduled primary for a city general election. If any portion remains on the term, a special election will be held to elect a candidate to serve the remainder of the term.

The mayor is subject to recall by registered voters if at least 15 percent of eligible voters sign a recall petition within 120 days of the first day of circulation. If the petition is successful, a special election is held asking whether the incumbent should be removed and who among a list of candidates should replace the incumbent. If the recall is successful, the replacement candidate with the majority of votes succeeds the ousted incumbent. If no replacement candidate receives a majority of the votes, a special runoff election is held between the top two candidates.


As of January 2022, 42 individuals have served as mayor of Los Angeles since its incorporation as a city in the state of California. Six individuals served non-consecutive terms, the first of which began in 1854 and the last of which ended in 1921. Those who served non-consecutive terms are only counted once in the official count of mayoralties. Stephen Clark Foster was also appointed as mayor in 1848 prior to California statehood and official incorporation of the City.

The longest term was that of Tom Bradley, who served for 20 years over five terms prior to the establishment of successive term limits. The shortest term, not counting city council presidents serving as acting mayor, was that of William Stephens, who was appointed to serve for less than two weeks after Arthur Cyprian Harper resigned from office. Two mayors died in office: Henry Mellus and Frederick A. MacDougall. Three Hispanics have served as mayor since incorporation: Antonio F. Coronel, Cristobal Aguilar, and Antonio Villaraigosa. Many other Hispanics served as mayor prior to California joining the United States including Manuel Requena, who also briefly served as acting mayor post-statehood in his role as city council president. Tom Bradley is the only African American to have served as mayor, but was the city's longest serving mayor. Two French Canadians have served as mayor, including Damien Marchesseault, who served for three distinct periods, and Prudent Beaudry.

This list includes three city council presidents who served as acting mayor due to a vacancy in the office of the mayor but who were not officially appointed as mayor. The council presidents are not included in the count of mayors.

Stephen Clark Foster
Stephen Clark Foster, 5th mayor, was also appointed mayor in 1848 prior to the city's official incorporation.
Portret Prudenta Beaudry'ego
Prudent Beaudry, 13th mayor, was the second French-Canadian in the office, the first being Damien Marchesseault.
Portret Mereditha P. Snydera
Meredith Snyder, 23rd mayor, served three separate terms.
Fred Eaton, 24th mayor, was instrumental in developing the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
Frank L. Shaw, 34th mayor, was the first mayor to be recalled from office anywhere in the United States.
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley meets with Rodolfo Escalera (Crop)
Tom Bradley, 38th mayor, was the city's longest-serving mayor.
# Mayor Term start Term end Terms   Party
1 Alpheus P. Hodges July 1, 1850 May 7, 1851 1
2 Benjamin Davis Wilson May 7, 1851 May 4, 1852 1
3 John G. Nichols May 4, 1852 May 3, 1853 1 Democratic
4 Antonio F. Coronel May 3, 1853 May 4, 1854 1 Democratic
5 Stephen C. Foster (2nd) May 4, 1854 January 13, 1855 12 Democratic
(vacant) January 13, 1855 January 25, 1855 N/A
(5) Stephen C. Foster (3rd) January 25, 1855 May 9, 1855 12 Democratic
6 Dr. Thomas Foster May 9, 1855 May 7, 1856 1 Democratic
(5) Stephen C. Foster (4th) May 7, 1856 September 22, 1856 12 Democratic
Manuel Requena† (3rd) September 22, 1856 October 4, 1856 Partial Republican
(3) John G. Nichols (2nd) October 4, 1856 May 9, 1859 2+12 Democratic
7 Damien Marchesseault May 9, 1859 May 9, 1860 1 Democratic
8 Henry Mellus May 9, 1860 December 26, 1860 12 Democratic
Wallace Woodworth† December 26, 1860 January 7, 1861 Partial Democratic
(7) Damien Marchesseault (2nd) January 7, 1861 May 6, 1865 4+12 Democratic
9 Jose Mascarel May 5, 1865 May 10, 1866 1 Republican
10 Cristóbal Aguilar May 10, 1866 May 8, 1867 1 Democratic
(7) Damien Marchesseault (3rd) May 8, 1867 August 8, 1867 Partial Democratic
(10) Cristóbal Aguilar (2nd) August 8, 1867 December 7, 1868 1 Democratic
11 Joel Turner December 9, 1868 December 9, 1870 2 Democratic
(10) Cristóbal Aguilar (3rd) December 9, 1870 December 5, 1872 2 Democratic
12 James R. Toberman December 5, 1872 December 18, 1874 2 Democratic
13 Prudent Beaudry December 18, 1874 December 8, 1876 2
14 Frederick A. MacDougall December 8, 1876 November 16, 1878 2 Democratic
(vacant) November 16, 1878 November 21, 1878 N/A
15 Bernard Cohn November 21, 1878 December 5, 1878 Partial Democratic
(12) James R. Toberman (2nd) December 5, 1878 December 9, 1882 4 Democratic
16 Cameron E. Thom December 9, 1882 December 9, 1884 2 Democratic
17 Edward F. Spence December 9, 1884 December 14, 1886 2 Republican
18 William H. Workman December 14, 1886 December 10, 1888 2 Democratic
19 John Bryson December 10, 1888 February 25, 1889 1 Democratic
20 Henry T. Hazard February 25, 1889 December 5, 1892 2 Republican
William H. Bonsall† December 5, 1892 December 12, 1892 Partial Republican
21 Thomas E. Rowan December 12, 1892 December 12, 1894 1 Democratic
22 Frank Rader December 12, 1894 December 16, 1896 1 Republican
23 Meredith P. Snyder December 16, 1896 December 15, 1898 1 Democratic
24 Fred Eaton December 15, 1898 December 12, 1900 1 Republican
(23) Meredith P. Snyder (2nd) December 12, 1900 December 8, 1904 2 Democratic
25 Owen McAleer December 8, 1904 December 13, 1906 1 Republican
26 Arthur C. Harper December 13, 1906 March 11, 1909 12 Democratic
27 William D. Stephens March 15, 1909 March 26, 1909 Partial Republican
28 George Alexander March 26, 1909 July 1, 1913 2+12 Democratic
29 Henry R. Rose July 1, 1913 July 1, 1915 1 Republican
30 Charles E. Sebastian July 1, 1915 September 2, 1916 12 Democratic
31 Frederick T. Woodman September 5, 1916 July 1, 1919 1+12 Republican
(23) Meredith P. Snyder (3rd) July 1, 1919 July 1, 1921 1 Democratic
32 George E. Cryer July 1, 1921 July 1, 1929 3 Republican
33 John C. Porter July 1, 1929 July 1, 1933 1 Democratic
34 Frank L. Shaw July 1, 1933 September 26, 1938 1+12 Republican
35 Fletcher Bowron September 26, 1938 July 1, 1953 3+12 Republican
36 C. Norris Poulson July 1, 1953 July 1, 1961 2 Republican
37 Samuel W. Yorty July 1, 1961 July 1, 1973 3 Democratic
38 Thomas Bradley July 1, 1973 July 1, 1993 5 Democratic
39 Richard J. Riordan July 1, 1993 July 1, 2001 2 Republican
40 James K. Hahn July 1, 2001 July 1, 2005 1 Democratic
41 Antonio Villaraigosa July 1, 2005 July 1, 2013 2 Democratic
42 Eric Garcetti July 1, 2013 incumbent 1 Democratic

† Council presidents who temporarily served as acting mayor in case of a vacancy but were not officially appointed to the position are not included in the count of mayors.

Other offices held

The following is a list of congressional, gubernatorial and other offices held by mayors, before or after their term(s).

Mayor Mayoral term Other offices held References
Wilson, Benjamin DavisBenjamin Davis Wilson 1851–1852 California State Senator (1855–1857 & 1869–1872)
Thom, Cameron E.Cameron E. Thom 1882–1884 California State Senator (1859–1860)
Spence, Edward FallesEdward Falles Spence 1884–1886 California State Assemblyman (1860)
Hazard, Henry T.Henry T. Hazard 1889–1892 California State Assemblyman (1882–1888)
Stephens, WilliamWilliam Stephens 1909 U.S. Representative from California (1911–1916)
Lieutenant Governor of California (1916–1917)
Governor of California (1917–1923)
Poulson, NorrisNorris Poulson 1953–1961 California State Assemblyman (1938–1942)
U.S. Representative from California (1943–1945 & 1947–1953)
Yorty, SamSam Yorty 1961–1973 California State Assemblyman (1936–1940 & 1949–1950)
U.S. Representative from California (1951–1955)
Villaraigosa, AntonioAntonio Villaraigosa 2005–2013 California State Assemblyman (1994–2000)
Speaker of the California State Assembly (1998–2000)
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