Coleman Becomes Columbus’ Longest Serving Mayor
On January 1st, 2014, Michael B. Coleman will begin his 15th year as Mayor of the City of Columbus, marking the longest tenure of any mayor in the city’s history. Mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner held the previous record of 14 years during two separate terms from 1954 to 1959 and 1964 to 1971.
“Serving as mayor of Columbus has been the honor and the joy of my life,” said Coleman. “I’m as excited about meeting the challenges of our city today as I was 14 years ago. I thank our citizens for their continued support, and I look forward to working with them in 2014 and the years to come to make our city even greater.”
Coleman was first elected in 1999, becoming the first African American mayor of Columbus. He was reelected in 2003, 2007 and most recently in 2011. His fourth term runs through the end of 2015. Coleman has not made any announcements at this point as to whether or not he will run for a fifth term.
More information can be found online at mayor.columbus.gov.
Photo by Jennifer René Photography for Columbus Underground.