The Conservative James Palmer has beating six other candidates to become the first Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
He is a so-called metro Mayor with additional powers devolved from central government over local transport and housing along with social care and business investment.
Mr Palmer won 38% of the vote in the first round with the Liberal Democrat Rod Cantrill on 23%.
The victor needed more than 50% to win outright so that triggered a count of the second preference votes of the remaining eliminated five candidates.
Mr Palmer has been the leader of East Cambridgeshire Council since 2013 and a councillor since 2007.
He lives in Soham. He formerly ran a dairy business and has a family background in farming.
The post as Mayor last four years before he has to seek re-election.
Only two of the six counties in the Anglia region have so far declared results but the Conservatives are making the early running.
The Chairman of Colchester's UKIP branch has defended the party after a poor showing in this year's local elections.
Just under a quarter of residents in Peterborough have cast a vote for the newly-created post of Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.