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Mayor Sylvester TurnerMayor Sylvester Turner was elected Mayor of Houston on December 12, 2015, to serve a four year term beginning January 4, 2016.

Sylvester Turner was born and raised in the Acres Homes community in northwest Houston.  His parents moved to Acres Homes in 1954, the year Sylvester was born.

Sylvester's mother worked as a maid in the old Rice Hotel in Houston.  His father worked as a painter for Continental Ensco and cut yards with his sons on the weekends to make extra money.  The Turners raised nine children in their modest two-bedroom home in Acres Homes.  Sylvester lost his father to cancer when he was 13 years old.  Afterward, his mother took over the Turner household.  Although she never finished high school or learned to drive, she ensured her children got an education and inspired them to achieve.

Sylvester attended neighborhood public schools until forced integration came to Houston and he was bused to Klein High School.  After a predictably rocky start, the student body adapted to its new enrollees - and Sylvester was later elected president of the student body and graduated as valedictorian.

Sylvester graduated from the University of Houston and Harvard Law School before joining the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski.  He later founded the Houston law firm of Barnes & Turner in 1983.

In 1988, Sylvester was elected to the Texas House of Representatives to serve the people of House District 139 in northwest Houston.  He served until his election as mayor, working on the House Appropriations Committee for 21 years and serving as Speaker Pro Tem for three terms.  He was appointed to several Budget Conference Committees to help balance the state's budget and served on the Legislative Budget Board.

He is very proud of his daughter Ashley, who is continuing the Turner family tradition of public service in the healthcare field.

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Mayor's Media Releases

Former Obama Aide to be Mayor’s New Disabilities Director

Mayor Sylvester Turner has selected Maria Town to be the new director of the Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities. Town comes to the mayor’s office from the White House Office of Public Engagement where she served as a senior associate director and the disability community liaison. She w...

Houston Receives $1 Million Grant for Houston Spaceport Infrastructure

Mayor Sylvester Turner today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Houston, Texas a $1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to build some of the necessary infrastructure required for the planned Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport. “This grant is another...

City of Houston Expands Investment in Renewable Energy

Additional 20 MW of Solar Power Solidifies Houston’s Status as Nation’s Top Municipal Green Power Purchaser

Reaffirming Houston’s commitment to renewable energy, reducing emissions, and saving taxpayer money, Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council today agreed to purchase an additional 20 megawatts (MW) – for a total of 50 MW of solar power. This increase expands the 20-year solar power purchase agre...

City Hall Farmers Market Kicks Off on Wednesday

Enjoy a variety of locally prepared food or pick up farm-fresh weekly groceries amidst Houston’s dramatic downtown urban setting when the City Hall Farmers Market, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, returns for the spring season on Wednesday, February 22 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Hermann S...

City Hall Farmers Market Kicks Off on Wednesday

Enjoy a variety of locally prepared food or pick up farm-fresh weekly groceries amidst Houston’s dramatic downtown urban setting when the City Hall Farmers Market, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, returns for the spring season on Wednesday, February 22 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Hermann S...

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