After a two-decade career in journalism, Mick Cornett was elected to the Oklahoma City Council in 2001 and Mayor of Oklahoma City in 2004. He was the longest-serving mayor in the United States in 2018 and spent one term as president of the United States Conference of Mayors. In 2012, Newsweek Magazine named him one of the five most innovative mayors in the country. In 2011, London-based World Mayors listed him as the No. 2 mayor in the world and Governing magazine named him the Public Official of the Year. When Fortune magazine released their 2018 list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Cornett was ranked as the 25th greatest leader in the world, citing his creativity in leading Oklahoma City’s advancements in school revitalization, public transit and downtown improvements. The month Cornett left office after 14 years as mayor, Oklahoma City was named the #1 city in the United States to start a business.