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About Mayor Bynum

Sworn in as the 40th Mayor of Tulsa in 2016 and overwhelmingly reelected by Tulsans in 2020, Mayor G.T. Bynum has focused on bringing people together to build a globally competitive, world class city through fiscal responsibility, data and innovation, public safety, infrastructure, and equality of opportunity for all Tulsans. Under Tulsa’s form of government, Mayor Bynum serves as the Chief Executive Officer of an organization with 4,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly one billion dollars.

During Mayor Bynum’s tenure, Tulsa has welcomed the two largest new employers in Tulsa history while also celebrating the largest economic development investment in Tulsa to date. Since taking office, Mayor Bynum has also successfully managed the Citt’s response to significant challenges facing Tulsa’s growing community, including numerous natural disasters and the COVID-19 global pandemic – in each case showing Tulsa is a strong and resilient community.

In 2023, Mayor Bynum implemented the Tulsa Police Department’s Real Time Information Center, leveraging the power of data-driven insights and modern communication systems. The Real Time Information Center (RTIC) is a cutting-edge command center equipped with advanced technology and dedicated professionals who monitor and respond to incidents in real time. RTIC has transformed how the Tulsa Police Department operates and collaborates with other City departments, ensuring a safer and more efficient city for all residents.

Mayor Bynum’s administration is simultaneously implementing the largest streets improvement program in Tulsa history (Improve Our Tulsa) and the largest economic development capital improvements program in Tulsa history (Vision Tulsa). Mayor Bynum was also worked to create the latest capital package (Improve Our Tulsa 3) of $814 million that will continue Tulsa’s success and fund critical improvements throughout the city.

Mayor Bynum has made equality of opportunity a cornerstone of his administration. He established the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity to implement the Resilient Tulsa Strategy, the city’s first strategic plan to address issues of racial disparity. Mayor Bynum also has launched the New Tulsans Initiative, which is focused on making Tulsa a beacon of freedom and opportunity for immigrants from around the world.

Prior to his election as mayor, Bynum served for eight years on the Tulsa City Council. During that time, he was elected as the youngest City Council Chairman in Tulsa history. During his time as a city councilor, he led the successful effort to enact the largest streets improvement package in the city's history, authored the first city sales tax cut in Tulsa history, doubled the number of police academies to increase manpower, authored legislation creating the first municipal rainy-day fund in Oklahoma and coordinated efforts to establish the first municipal veterans’ treatment court in the United States. Before his tenure in elected office, Mayor Bynum also worked in the United States Senate for Senators Don Nickles and Tom Coburn.

Mayor Bynum comes from a family dedicated to public service. He is the fourth member of his family to serve Tulsa as mayor. He and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Robert and Annabel – the sixth generation of Bynums to call Tulsa home.