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All Mayors of San Francisco

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List of San Francisco mayors, with photos and pictures. This complete mayors of San Francisco list is ordered historically from the city's foundation to present day. A mayor is the head of a municipal government and, while in office, is usually referred to as "His Honor" or "Her Honor". Depending upon the size of the local government, a mayor's legislative power can vary greatly and even be only ceremonial.

That said, in the USA, some cities have larger populations than entire states. With San Francisco being one of the largest cities in the United States, the individuals on this list of mayors certainly have their share of responsibility.

Who are the Mayors of San Francisco? This list will give you an answer to who are the Mayors of San Francisco.
  • 42

    Took office in 2012.

    Edwin Mah Lee (May 5, 1952 – December 12, 2017) was an American politician and attorney who served as the 43rd Mayor of San Francisco, and was the first Asian American to hold the office.Born in...  more
  • 41

    Gavin Newsom

    Democratic Party


    BirthplaceSan Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Took office in: 2004.
    Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman who is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he...  more


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  • 40
    Took office in: 1996.
    Willie Lewis Brown Jr. (born March 20, 1934) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Brown served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, spending 15 years as its speaker. He later...  more
  • 39

    Frank Jordan

    Took office in: 1992.
    Francis Michael Jordan (born February 20, 1935) is an American politician, former police chief, former mayor of San Francisco and a foundation executive....  more
  • 38

    Art Agnos

    Took office in: 1988.
  • 37
    Took office in: 1978.
    Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (; born Dianne Emiel Goldman, June 22, 1933) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from California. She took office on November 4,...  more
  • 36
    Took office in: 1976.
    George Richard Moscone (; November 24, 1929 – November 27, 1978) was an American attorney and Democratic politician. He was the 37th mayor of San Francisco, California from January 1976 until his...  more
  • 35
    Took office in: 1968.
    Joseph Lawrence Alioto (February 12, 1916 – January 29, 1998) was the 36th mayor of San Francisco, California, from 1968 to 1976....  more
  • 34
    Took office in: 1964.
    John Shelley may refer to: John Shelley (illustrator) (born 1959), British illustrator John Shelley (MP) for Rye John F. Shelley (1905–1974), US politician John L. Shelley, Ace Books author Sir John...  more
  • 33

    George Christopher

    Took office in: 1956.
    George Christopher (born George Christopheles; December 8, 1907 – September 14, 2000) was a Greek-American politician, and the 34th Mayor of San Francisco, serving in that office from January 1956...  more
  • 32

    Elmer Robinson

    Took office in: 1948.
    Elmer Edwin "Rob-Rob" Robinson (October 3, 1894 – June 9, 1982) was the 33rd mayor of San Francisco, California. A Republican, he served as San Francisco's mayor from January 1948 until January...  more
  • 31

    Roger Lapham

    Took office in: 1944.
    Roger Dearborn Lapham (December 6, 1883 – April 16, 1966) was a shipowner and businessman who served as the 32nd mayor of San Francisco from 1944 to 1948....  more
  • 30
    Took office in: 1931.
    Angelo Joseph Rossi (January 22, 1878 – April 5, 1948) was a U.S. political figure who served as the 31st mayor of San Francisco. He was the first mayor of 100% Italian descent of a major U.S. city ...  more
  • 29
    Took office in: 1912.
    James "Sunny Jim" Rolph Jr. (August 23, 1869 – June 2, 1934) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was elected to a single term as the 27th governor of California from...  more
  • 28

    P. H. McCarthy

    Took office in: 1910.
    Patrick Henry McCarthy (March 17, 1863 – July 1, 1933), generally known as P. H. McCarthy and sometimes, more jocularly, as "Pinhead", was an influential labor leader in San Francisco and the 29th...  more
  • 27

    Edward Robeson Taylor

    Took office in: 1907.
    Edward Robeson Taylor (September 24, 1838 – July 5, 1923) was the 28th Mayor of San Francisco serving from July 16, 1907 to January 7, 1910. Edward Robeson Taylor was born on September 24, 1838 in...  more
  • 26

    Charles Boxton

    Took office in: 1907.
    Charles Boxton (April 24, 1860 in Shasta County, California – August 29, 1927 in San Mateo, California) served as the 27th mayor of San Francisco for seven days, from July 9 to July 16, 1907. He...  more
  • 25
    Took office in: 1902.
    Eugene Edward "Handsome Gene" Schmitz (August 22, 1864 – November 20, 1928) was an American musician and politician, the 26th mayor of San Francisco (1902-7), who was in office during the 1906 San...  more
  • 24
    Took office in: 1897.
    James Duval Phelan (April 20, 1861 – August 7, 1930) was an American politician, civic leader and banker. He served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1897 to 1902 and represented California in the...  more
  • 23
    Took office in: 1895.
    Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro (April 29, 1830 – August 8, 1898) was a German-American engineer, politician and philanthropist who served as the 24th mayor of San Francisco from 1895 until 1897. Born...  more
  • 22

    Levi Richard Ellert

    Took office in: 1893.
    Levi Richard Ellert (October 20, 1857 – July 21, 1901) served as 23rd mayor of San Francisco from 1893 to 1895. He was the first San Francisco native to serve in that office. No previous San...  more
  • 21

    George Henry Sanderson

    Took office in: 1891.
    George Henry Sanderson (1824 – February 1, 1893) was a politician of the United States Republican Party. Sanderson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and traveled to San Francisco during the 1849...  more
  • 20

    Edward B. Pond

    Took office in: 1887.
    Edward B. Pond (September 7, 1833 – April 22, 1910) was a Democratic politician from California. He was the 21st Mayor of San Francisco from 1887 to 1891. In 1890, he ran for Governor of...  more
  • 19
    Took office in: 1883.
    Washington Montgomery Bartlett (February 29, 1824 – September 12, 1887) was the 20th mayor of San Francisco, California from 1883 to 1887, the 16th governor of California, and – to date – the only...  more
  • 18

    Maurice Carey Blake

    Took office in: 1881.
    Maurice Carey Blake (October 20, 1815 – September 26, 1897) was the 19th Mayor of San Francisco, serving from December 5, 1881 to January 7, 1883.Blake was born on October 20, 1815 in Otisville,...  more