Mick Cornett, Mayor Oklahoma City
Mick Cornett became Oklahoma City’s 35th mayor on March 2, 2004. He is first mayor in the City’s history to be elected to a fourth term and is currently the second-longest serving mayor among the 50 largest cities in America.
Under Cornett’s leadership, the City has seen the final completion of MAPS 1, the implementation of MAPS for Kids, and the passage and implementation of MAPS 3. With Mayor Cornett leading the way, Oklahoma City became a major league city with the arrival of the National Basketball Association.
A fourth-generation Oklahoman, Cornett was born and raised in Oklahoma City, the son of a postman and a school teacher. He graduated from Putnam City High School and then went on to the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a degree in journalism.
Cornett spent 20 years in local television, first in sports and later in news. As a news anchor, he covered City Hall from 1997 to 1999, where he gained a deeper appreciation for the importance of city government in our daily lives.
Recently elected to a leadership position in the US Conference of Mayors, Mayor Cornett is in line to be President of that organization in 2016.
Cornett earned an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, where he specialized in management, entrepreneurship and leadership. In 2014, Mayor Cornett returned to NYU to give the program’s commencement address.
Cornett is married to Terri (Walker) Cornett. He has three sons.