Mayor Joe Hogsett is the 49th mayor of the City of Indianapolis. During his time in office, he has lifted the city’s 35-year moratorium on new streetlights, grown the police force, and launched a comprehensive criminal justice reform effort. With the unanimous support of the City-County Council, Mayor Joe laid out an infrastructure plan that will spend more than $400 million on Indy’s roads, streets, and sidewalks over the next four years, making much-needed investments in Indianapolis neighborhoods.
A leader who has always put people before politics, Mayor Joe Hogsett is committed to creating a city where prosperity and opportunity are attainable for all. That’s why, earlier this year, he launched Indy Achieves, an education program that will provide millions in scholarships and grants to low-income students attending Ivy Tech and IUPUI, helping to increase the number of Marion County residents qualified for the jobs of the 21st century.
Prior to his election to the Indianapolis Mayor’s office, Joe Hogsett served for four years as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, where he accumulated an impressive crime-fighting record. He successfully launched the office’s first Public Corruption Working Group, a Civil Rights Task Force, as well as a groundbreaking Violent Crime Initiative focused on punishing illegally-armed felons.
Under then-U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett’s leadership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office broke all-time records for the number of defendants charged, the number of criminal convictions, and the average length of sentences imposed. The office also reduced total spending every year of his tenure.
Mayor Joe has deep roots in this city: for twenty-five years, his father worked at a Westside factory, and he himself has lived and worked in Indianapolis for more than three decades. Mayor Joe earned his law degree and undergraduate degree from Indiana University; he received graduate degrees from IUPUI, Butler University and the Christian Theological Seminary, and in addition to his career of public service, he has more than twenty years of experience in the private practice of law. He and his wife Steph have three children.