Susan Hammer

Susan Walker Hammer (December 21, 1938 – March 7, 2020) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party, who served as the mayor of San Jose, California, from 1991 to 1999.[3] She was voted best local politician six times.[4] Previous to serving as mayor, she represented San Jose's Council District Three, which encompasses the downtown area of the city, from 1983 to 1991.[5]

Susan Hammer
62nd Mayor of San Jose
In office
January 9, 1991 – January 1, 1999[1]
Preceded byTom McEnery
Succeeded byRon Gonzales
Personal details
Susan Walker[2]

(1938-12-21)December 21, 1938
Altadena, California, U.S.
DiedMarch 7, 2020(2020-03-07) (aged 81)
San Jose, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Philip Hammer
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley

Hammer was born in Altadena, California, on December 21, 1938. She attended the University of California, Berkeley. She was married to San Jose attorney Philip Hammer, and had three children and six grandchildren.[6] She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in her later years, and it progressed rapidly over the last several months of her life, leading to her death on March 7, 2020.[7][8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mayor Gets Clean Start in San Jose, Inauguration Opens Era of Possibility". San Jose Mercury News. 1999-01-12. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  2. ^ "Guide to the Susan Hammer Papers MSS.2007.04.01". California Digital Library#Online Archive of California (OAC). 2007.
  3. ^ Simon, Mark (March 4, 1999). "Campbell Hurt by Vote To Impeach / Democrat's poll also shows support for `someone new'". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  4. ^ Harper, Will. "Hall of Fame: Susan Hammer". Metroactive. Retrieved 2007-02-24.
  5. ^ Metro Silicon Valley, "Hello, Goodbye," (December 17th, 1998 - retrieved on August 20th, 2010).
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-02-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Prodis Sulek, Julia (March 8, 2020). "Former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer, champion of diversity and arts, dies at 81". The Mercury News.
  8. ^ "Former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer dies at age 81". San Jose Spotlight. 2020-03-08. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom McEnery
Mayor of San Jose
Succeeded by
Ron Gonzales