popularly elected


: chosen in an election rather than in some other way
He was the country's first popularly elected leader.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Until the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified, in 1913, senators were mostly not popularly elected. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 In perhaps the most significant transfer of power in the city’s modern history, Michelle Wu on Tuesday was sworn in as Boston’s first woman, first person of color, and first Asian American mayor popularly elected to office. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Nov. 2021 Ed Brooke, the first African American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, co-authored the amendment that would prohibit housing discrimination. Tyler Christiansen, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Unlike the other major political players in state government -- the governor and lieutenant governor -- who are popularly elected every four years, the Speaker of the Texas House is chosen by the chamber’s 150 members. James Barragán, Dallas News, 3 Nov. 2020 Justices of the peace are popularly elected to serve a smallish justice district and do not have to be attorneys. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, 9 Oct. 2020

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“Popularly elected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularly%20elected. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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