As of 2015, the last four mayors of Chicago were David Duvall Orr, Eugene Sawyer, Richard M. Daly and Rahm Emanuel, who is the current and 55th mayor. Since 1907, Chicago mayors serve four-year terms, and the election takes place the year before a presidential election.Continue Reading
Democrat David Orr served as the interim mayor for one week in 1987 after the death of Mayor Harold Washington. Despite the short term, he is considered the 52nd mayor of Chicago. The City Council then elected Eugene Sawyer to serve as mayor until a special election could be held. Mayor Sawyer's term lasted from 1987 to 1989.
Richard M. Daly defeated Eugene Sawyer and two other candidates in a primary and two candidates in the general election to become Chicago's 54th mayor. He served six terms from 1989 to 2011. Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011 and was elected to his second term in April 2015. Prior to becoming mayor, he served as White House chief of staff since 2009.Learn more about Politics