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Francis Slay

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Francis G. Slay (born March 18, 1955) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 45th[1] Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri from 2001 to 2017. The first mayor of the city of St. Louis to be elected to the office four consecutive times, Slay is the longest-serving mayor in St. Louis history. His fourth term started in April 2013.[2] He announced on April 8, 2016 that he would not seek another term as mayor.[3] He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Francis G. Slay
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45th Mayor of St. Louis
In office
April 17, 2001 – April 18, 2017
Preceded byClarence Harmon
Succeeded byLyda Krewson
Personal details
Born (1955-03-18) March 18, 1955 (age 64)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kim Slay
EducationQuincy College (BA)
Saint Louis University (JD)

Education and early careerEdit

Slay graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1973. He received a degree in political science from Quincy University and a law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.[1] After graduating from law school, Slay served as a law clerk for Judge Paul J. Simon of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District. In 1981, he joined the law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall, and Shoemake where he specialized in business law and commercial litigation. Slay was elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in 1985, representing the 23rd ward. In 1995, he was elected President of the Board of Aldermen, and in 1999 was re-elected without opposition.[1]

Term as MayorEdit

Slay defeated incumbent mayor Clarence Harmon and former mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. in the Democratic Primary in 2001. During his first term, he oversaw significant residential redevelopment within the city, including the redevelopment of the Washington Avenue Loft District. Slay then negotiated the construction of Busch Stadium, the new St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium in downtown St. Louis, and the re-districting of aldermanic wards required after the 2000 census. The Slay administration and its public and private partners have received national and international recognition for St. Louis's renaissance. In May 2007, Downtown St. Louis's revitalization was the subject of a Preserve America Presidential Award,[4] the nation's highest award for historic preservation. In 2011, Citygarden won the Urban Land Institute's prestigious Amanda Burden Urban Open Space award.[5]

He announced on April 8, 2016, that he would not seek another term as mayor though he remains the longest-serving mayor of the City of St. Louis up to this point.[3]


Slay accepted a job as an attorney with the Spencer Fane law firm, at their office in downtown St. Louis[6] prior to his term ending on April 18, 2017[7]


Slay is the second of eleven children. His father, Francis R. Slay, was affiliated with St. Raymond's Maronite Catholic Cathedral in St. Louis, and was the long-time Democratic Committeeman in the 23rd Ward, and who once served as Recorder of Deeds. Francis R. Slay died on March 16, 2011, aged 83.[8]

Slay and his wife Kim have two children and three rescued dogs. Slay is a Maronite Catholic and also an avid supporter of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and of Roman Catholic organizations in the city. He is of Lebanese and Polish ancestry.[9]

Highlights during St. Louis mayoral termEdit


  1. ^ a b c "About - Mayor Slay: Standing up for St. Louis". MayorSlay. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Mayor's Office". Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b McDermott, Kevin (April 8, 2016). "St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announces he will not run again next year". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "2007 Preserve America Presidential Awards". Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Robert W. Duffy (May 10, 2011). "Citygarden wins prestigious Amanda Burden award". St. Louis Public Radio. NPR. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "After 16 years as mayor, Slay lands job at law firm". KSDK. February 15, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  7. ^ McDermott, Kevin (April 16, 2017). "After 16 years, outgoing St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay reflects". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Sorkin, Michael (March 16, 2011). "Francis R. Slay, father of the mayor, dies at 83". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Profile,; accessed November 25, 2014.
  • Schlinkmann, Mark (April 18, 2001). "Slay Is Sworn in as St. Louis' 45th Mayor". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. A1.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Clarence Harmon
Mayor of St. Louis
Succeeded by
Lyda Krewson