Yücel Yılmaz, born in 1975, married and having a daughter and two boys, after completing his education in Balıkesir, studied in university in Eskişehir. During his university years, he served as the head of the university student senate. He completed his military service as Sub-Lieutenant at Bandırma 6th Main Jet Base. Yücel Yılmaz establishing the Foreign Language Schools throughout the country also taught English in various schools affiliated to the Ministry of National Education before the beginning of his commercial life.
Yücel Yilmaz being active in various associations in a part of his business life; he was the member of the Balıkesir Chamber of Commerce for two terms and speaker of the parliament for one term. After being the founder Mayor of Karesi Municipality, he left the duty as the member of association and the duty as the speaker of the Chamber of Commerce.
Yücel Yılmaz was elected as the Mayor of Karesi in March 2014 local elections. Yücel Yılmaz, who added 10 awards at national and international level during his career as Mayor of the Karesi Municipality; By leading the establishment of Oil Wrestling Association of Municipalities, he made Balikesir known as Kurtdereli Mehmet Pehlivan's hometown. Yücel Yılmaz is the member of the UCLG-MEWA World Organization Board and currently the Regional Representative of Local Cities in Central Asia.
Yücel Yılmaz is elected as the Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality in March 31, 2019.