List of mayors of Tampa, Florida
|Mayor of Tampa|
Seal of City of Tampa
|Term length||4 years|
limited to two consecutive terms
The Mayor is the highest elected official in Tampa, Florida. Since its incorporation in 1856, the town has had 59 mayors. Tampa had no mayor from 1862 until 1866, during which time the city government was temporarily suspended during and immediately after the American Civil War.
In 1910, the white supremacist White Municipal Party was established in Tampa. It excluded African Americans from being members effectively excluding African American voters from having influence in the city's mayoral elections from 1910 until 1947.
Since 1953, Tampa's municipal elections (including those for mayor) have been non-partisan. All qualified candidates are entered into the general election without a primary election, and no candidate is required to disclose his or her party affiliation. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, a runoff election is held between the top two vote-getters to decide the final outcome.
Terms and term limits
From the establishment of Tampa's city charter of 1856 until 1896, Tampa's mayors served one year terms. The term was extended to two years in 1896 and to four years in 1924.
From 1856 until 1920, Tampa mayors could not serve consecutive terms but were permitted to run again after being out of office for one full term. This resulted in several mayors serving multiple non-consecutive terms, especially in the late 1800s. In 1920, term limits were abolished entirely.
|#||Mayor||Term start||Term end||Terms|
|1||Joseph B. Lancaster †||February 14, 1856||November 25, 1856||1⁄2||American|
|2||Darwin A. Branch (1st term)||November 25, 1856||December 6, 1856||Acting||American|
|3||Alfonso DeLaunay||December 6, 1856||February 9, 1857||Partial||Democratic|
|4||Darwin A. Branch (2nd term)||February 9, 1857||February 10, 1858||1||American|
|5||Madison Post||February 10, 1858||February 12, 1859||1||American|
|6||James McKay Sr.||February 12, 1859||February 1, 1860||1||Democratic|
|7||John P. Crichton||February 1, 1860||February 2, 1861||1||Democratic|
|8||Hamlin V. Snell||February 2, 1861||February 3, 1862||1||Democratic (Southern)|
|9||John Jackson||February 3, 1862||February 22, 1862||Acting||Democratic (Southern)|
|10||Edward A. Clarke||October 25, 1866||January 1, 1867||1||Democratic|
|11||Josiah A. Ferris||January 1, 1867||March 1, 1869||1 1⁄2||Democratic|
|12||John T. Lesley||March 1, 1869||October 4, 1869||1⁄2||Democratic|
|/||John A. Henderson 1||July 6, 1870||mid 1872||2||Democratic|
|13||James E. Lipscomb||August 11, 1873||August 13, 1876||3||Democratic|
|14||Harlan P. Lovering||August 14, 1876||August 14, 1877||1||Democratic|
|15||Thomas Jackson (1st term)||August 14, 1877||August 14, 1878||1||Democratic|
|16||John P. Wall||August 14, 1878||August 14, 1880||2||Democratic|
|17||Henry C. Ferris||August 14, 1880||February 19, 1881||1||Democratic|
|18||Matthew E. Haynsworth||February 19, 1881||March 22, 1881||Acting||Democratic|
|19||George B. Sparkman (1st term)||March 22, 1881||August 14, 1883||2||Democratic|
|20||Duff Post (1st term)||August 14, 1883||August 13, 1886||3||Democratic|
|21||Herman Glogowski (1st term)||August 13, 1886||July 15, 1887||1||Republican|
|22||George B. Sparkman (2nd term)||July 15, 1887||March 8, 1888||1||Democratic|
|23||Herman Glogowski (2nd term)||March 8, 1888||March 6, 1889||1||Republican|
|24||Thomas Jackson (2nd term)||March 6, 1889||March 5, 1890||1||Democratic|
|25||Herman Glogowski (3rd term)||March 5, 1890||March 4, 1891||1||Republican|
|26||Duff Post (2nd term)||March 4, 1891||March 4, 1892||1||Democratic|
|27||Herman Glogowski (4th term)||March 4, 1892||March 10, 1893||1||Republican|
|28||Frederick A. Salomonson (1st term)||March 10, 1893||March 9, 1894||1||Republican|
|29||Robert W. Easley||March 9, 1894||March 8, 1895||1||Democratic|
|30||Frederick A. Salomonson (2nd term)||March 8, 1895||June 5, 1896||1||Republican|
|31||Myron E. Gillett||June 5, 1896||June 5, 1898||1||Republican|
|32||Frank C. Bowyer||June 5, 1898||June 8, 1900||1||Democratic|
|33||Francis L. Wing (1st term)||June 8, 1900||June 4, 1902||1||Independent|
|34||James McKay Jr.||June 5, 1902||June 5, 1904||1||Democratic|
|35||Frederick A. Salomonson (3rd term)||June 5, 1904||June 7, 1906||1||Republican|
|36||William H. Frecker||June 8, 1906||June 4, 1908||1||Republican|
|37||Francis L. Wing (2nd term)||June 4, 1908||June 6, 1910||1||Independent|
|38||Donald B. Mckay (1st term)||June 6, 1910||June 10, 1920||3||White Municipal Party|
|39||Horace C. Gordon||June 10, 1920||January 4, 1921||1⁄2||White Municipal Party|
|40||Charles H. Brown||January 4, 1921||January 8, 1924||1||White Municipal Party|
|41||Perry G. Wall||January 8, 1924||January 3, 1928||1||White Municipal Party|
|42||Donald B. Mckay (2nd term)||January 3, 1928||October 27, 1931||1||White Municipal Party|
|43||Thomas N. Henderson||October 27, 1931||November 3, 1931||Partial||White Municipal Party|
|44||Robert E. Lee Chancey||November 3, 1931||November 3, 1943||3||White Municipal Party|
|45||Curtis Hixon †||November 3, 1943||May 21, 1956||3 1⁄2||White Municipal Party/Democratic|
|46||Junie L. Young Jr.||May 21, 1956||October 2, 1956||Acting||Democratic|
|47||Nick Nuccio (1st administration)||October 2, 1956||October 1, 1959||1||Democratic|
|48||Julian Lane||October 1, 1959||October 1, 1963||1||Democratic|
|49||Nick Nuccio (2nd administration)||October 1, 1963||October 3, 1967||1||Democratic|
|50||Dick A. Greco (1st administration)||October 3, 1967||April 1, 1974||2||Democratic|
|51||Richard L. Cheney †||April 1, 1974||June 19, 1974||Acting||Democratic|
|52||Lloyd Copeland||June 19, 1974||October 3, 1974||Acting||Republican|
|53||William F. Poe||October 3, 1974||October 1, 1979||1||Republican|
|54||Bob Martinez||October 3, 1979||July 16, 1986||1 1⁄2||Democratic|
|55||Sandra Freedman||July 16, 1986||April 1, 1995||2||Democratic|
|56||Dick A. Greco (2nd administration)||April 1, 1995||April 1, 2003||2||Democratic|
|57||Pam Iorio||April 1, 2003||March 31, 2011||2||Democratic|
|58||Bob Buckhorn||April 1, 2011||May 1, 2019||2||Democratic|
|59||Jane Castor||May 1, 2019||Incumbent||1||Democratic|
† Deceased in office.
1 Following the lapse of the city charter on October 1869, Hillsborough County took over responsibility for providing principal services. However, Tampa needed some form of municipal government to monitor the services being provided by the county and the state. As a result, a municipal election was held on July 6, 1870 in which Henderson was elected mayor. 
|Elections in Florida|
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- Goffard, Christopher (27 October 2000). "Greco allies hit term limits". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
- Iorio, Pam (2001). "Colorless Primaries: Tampa's White Municipal Party". The Florida Historical Quarterly. 79 (3): 297–318. JSTOR 30150855.
- "Perry G. Wall - 41st Mayor Of Tampa". City of Tampa, Florida. City of Tampa. June 17, 2014.
- John Henderson's mayor profile Archived 2010-01-06 at the Wayback Machine