Donora is a borough and consists of an elected mayor and an elected borough council.  For nearly three decades, John “Chummy” Lignelli was the mayor of the Borough of Donora, until he resigned in order to better enjoy his retirement.  Aged 92 when he retired, he was one of the oldest seated mayors in the United States.  The current mayor is Donald Pavelko.

Donora is part of Ringgold School District, which includes the municipalities of Donora, Monongahela, Carroll Township, Nottingham Township, New Eagle, Finleyville, and Union Township.