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Carl Brewer (politician)

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Carl Brewer
Carl Brewer.jpg
100th Mayor of Wichita
In office
April 10, 2007 – April 13, 2015
Preceded byCarlos Mayans
Succeeded byJeff Longwell
Personal details
Born (1957-03-08) March 8, 1957 (age 62)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Cathy Brewer
Children2 sons
2 daughters
EducationFriends University
Southern University (BA)

Carl Brewer (born March 8, 1957) is an American politician who served as the 100th mayor of Wichita, Kansas and was Wichita's first elected African-American mayor. He won his first term in 2007. Brewer was re-elected to a second four-year term on April 5, 2011 .[1] Brewer's final term ended on April 13, 2015 with Mayor-elect Jeff Longwell being sworn in the following day.

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Brewer delivering the 2009 Wichita State of the City address
Brewer delivering the 2009 Wichita State of the City address

Carl Brewer was born in 1957 and has five siblings he grew up with in Kansas, being raised primarily by his mother with the assistance of his grandparents.

Brewer’s first full-time job was at a meat packing plant when he was 16 years old, he also spent many summers with his aunt and uncle on their ranch in Oklahoma, where he helped farmed.

Brewer later graduated from Wichita North High School in 1975. He attended Friends University. He has worked in the aviation industry (Boeing, Spirit, and Cessna) for 32 years. He began as a sheet metal worker. He joined the Machinists Union and became a union steward. He later moved forward as a manufacturing engineer and eventually moved onto the management team at Spirit Aviation.[2] Brewer retired from Spirit in early 2017.

Brewer served in the Kansas Army National Guard, becoming the first African American President of his Officer Candidate School Class. He served as Company Commander of infantry and artillery companies for the Kansas National Guard.

Brewer represented Wichita's City Council District 1 from 2001 to 2007.[3] On April 3, 2007, he defeated incumbent Carlos Mayans in the race for mayor of Wichita by 61 percent to 37 percent.[4]

In 2017, Brewer announced that he would run for Governor of Kansas in the 2018 election.[5] He lost the Democratic primary on August 7, 2018, placing second behind Kansas state senator Laura Kelly. If elected Brewer would have became the first African-American governor of the state.[6]


  1. ^ Wistrom, Brent (April 6, 2011). "Brewer, like-minded candidates win election in Wichita". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved April 6, 2011. Mayor Carl Brewer easily retained his seat in Tuesday’s election.
  2. ^ "About Carl". Carl Brewer Mayor. Carl Brewer for Mayor. April 7, 2011. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  3. ^ City of Wichita - Mayor - Carl Brewer Main Archived October 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Moon, Chris (April 4, 2007). "Brewer easily defeats Mayans for mayor". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved June 22, 2008. A. Price Woodard, who was appointed mayor, served as the first African-American mayor of Wichita from April 14, 1970, to April 13, 1971, and died January 1972.
  5. ^ Evans, Scott. "Carl Brewer announces run for Governor". Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Democrat Carl Brewer counts on inclusive approach, experience as mayor to woo voters". Retrieved July 22, 2018.

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