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Mike Rawlings
Mike Rawlings 2012.jpg
61st Mayor of Dallas
Assumed office
June 27, 2011[1]
Preceded byDwaine Caraway
Personal details
Michael Scott Rawlings

(1954-08-25) August 25, 1954 (age 64)
Borger, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Micki Rawlings[2]
ChildrenGunnar and Michelle
ResidenceDallas, Texas, U.S.
Alma materBoston College
WebsiteOfficial website

Michael Scott Rawlings (born August 25, 1954) is an American businessman and politician who is the 61st and current Mayor of Dallas. A member of the Democratic Party, he won the 2011 Dallas mayoral election defeating former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle.[3][4][5][6] He was reelected in 2015 defeating Independent challenger attorney Marcos Ronquillo. Rawlings served as CEO of Pizza Hut from 1997 to 2002 and was also a former chief executive of the Tracy-Locke ad agency.[7][2][8] In addition to his work in the city, Rawlings is also a prominent opponent of domestic violence, speaking at many events, including a Ring The Bell event at the United Nations[9] alongside actor Patrick Stewart.[10][11]

On the question of Confederate Statue Removal, Rawlings stated in August 2017 that Confederate statues in Dallas city parks are "monuments of propaganda" and called for a task force to decide what should be done with them.[12]

At the 2018 Conference of Mayors, Rawlings received the 2018 National Award for Local Arts from the United States Conference of Mayors and Americans for the Arts in Washington, DC.[13]

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Electoral history

2011 Dallas mayoral election

Initial Election

Candidate Vote number Vote percentage[14]
Mike Rawlings 28,424 40.86%
David Kunkle 22,229 31.96%
Ron Natinsky 17,430 25.06%
E. Edward Okpa, II 1,474 2.12%

Runoff Election

Candidate Vote number Vote percentage[15]
Mike Rawlings 31,088 55.80%
David Kunkle 24,623 44.20%

2015 Dallas mayoral election

Candidate Vote number Vote percentage[16]
Mike Rawlings 30,703 72.55%
Marcos Ronquillo 11,384 26.90%
write-ins 11,384 0.56%


  1. ^ Austin, BJ (June 27, 2011). "Rawlings Sworn In As New Dallas Mayor". KERA (FM). Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Watson, Brad (May 12, 2011). "Dallas mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings". WFAA. Archived from the original on May 15, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  3. ^ Novak, Daniel (June 18, 2011). "Mike Rawlings Wins Dallas Mayoral Election". KDAF. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "ELECTIONS: Rawlings, Price cruise to victory; Hightower narrowly defeated in Arlington". Dallas Voice. June 18, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Kofler, Shelley (June 19, 2011). "Voters Elect New Mayors, Decide Local Elections". KERA (FM). Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Bush, Rudolph (June 18, 2011). "Mike Rawlings wins race for Dallas mayor". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Rawlings out, Hearl in as Pizza Hut president". Pizza Marketplace. November 21, 2002. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Goldstein, Scott. "Rawlings keeps his own counsel — to chagrin of some on council". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Variano, Dana (March 5, 2013). "Mayor Mike Rawlings | Ring The Bell". Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  10. ^ Peele, Britton (May 30, 2013). "Mayor Mike Rawlings gets shout out from Patrick Stewart during Comicpalooza speech about domestic violence". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  11. ^ Skye, Heather (May 29, 2013). "Patrick Stewart Gives Passionate Response to Question At Comicpalooza 2013". Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "Dallas Mayor: Confederate Statues 'Monuments Of Propaganda'". Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  13. ^ "Mayor Mike Rawlings receives National Award for Local Arts Leadership - Dallas City News". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ [3]

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Dwaine Caraway
Mayor of Dallas
June 27, 2011–present
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