List of mayors of Houston

This is a list of people who have served as mayor of the city of Houston in the U.S. state of Texas.

Mayor of Houston
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Sylvester Turner

since January 2, 2016
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years, renewable once (effective 2016)
Inaugural holderJames S. Holman
FormationHouston City Charter
Salary$236,189 (2019)
WebsiteOfficial website

Until 2015, the term of the mayor was two years. Beginning with the tenure of Bob Lanier, the city charter imposed term limits on officeholders of no more than three terms (six years total). On November 3, 2015, voters approved Proposition 2, which extended the terms of the Mayor, City Controller and City Councilmembers to four years, while imposing a limit of two terms.

List of mayors of HoustonEdit

Term Mayor Party Affiliation
2016–present Sylvester Turner   Democratic
2010–2016 Annise Parker   Democratic
2004–2010 Bill White   Democratic
1998–2004 Lee Brown   Democratic
1992–1998 Bob Lanier   Democratic
1982–1992 Kathy Whitmire[1]   Democratic
1978–1981 Jim McConn   Republican
1974–1978 Fred Hofheinz   Democratic
1964–1973 Louie Welch   Republican
1958–1963 Lewis Cutrer   Democratic
1956–1957 Oscar F. Holcombe (5th)   Democratic
1953–1955 Roy Hofheinz   Democratic
1947–1952 Oscar F. Holcombe (4th)   Democratic
1943–1946 Otis Massey   Democratic
1941–1942 Neal Pickett
1939–1941 Oscar F. Holcombe (3rd)   Democratic
1937–1938 Richard H. Fonville
1933–1936 Oscar F. Holcombe (2nd)   Democratic
1929–1933 Walter E. Monteith
1921–1929 Oscar F. Holcombe   Democratic
1918–1921 A. Earl Amerman
1917–1918 Joseph Chappell Hutcheson, Jr.
1917 J. J. Pastoriza (died in office)
1913–1917 Ben Campbell
1905–1913 H. Baldwin Rice (2nd)
1904–1905 Andrew L. Jackson
1902–1904 O. T. Holt
1901–1902 John D. Woolford
1898–1901 Samuel H. Brashear
1896–1898 H. Baldwin Rice
1892–1896 John T. Browne
1890–1892 Henry Scherffius
1886–1890 Daniel C. Smith
1880–1886 William R. Baker
1879–1880 Andrew J. Burke
1877–1878 James T. D. Wilson (2nd)
1875–1876 I. C. Lord
1874 James T. D. Wilson
1870–1873 Thomas H. Scanlan
1868–1870 Joseph Robert Morris
1867–1868 Alexander McGowan (2nd)
1866 Horace D. Taylor
1863–1865 William Anders
1862 Thomas W. House
1861 William J. Hutchins
1860 Thomas W. Whitmarsh
1859 William King
1858 Alexander McGowan
1856–1857 Cornelius Ennis
1855–1856 James H. Stevens
1853–1854 Nathan Fuller
1849–1852 Francis W. Moore, Jr. (3rd)
1847–1848 B. P. Buckner
1846 James Bailey
1845 W. W. Swain
1844 Horace Baldwin
1843 Francis W. Moore, Jr. (2nd)
1841–1842 Colonel J.D. Andrews
1840 Charles Bigelow
1839 George W. Lively
1838–1839 Francis W. Moore, Jr.
1837 James S. Holman

Living former mayorsEdit

As of January 2020, five former mayors were alive, the oldest being Lee Brown (1998–2004, born 1937). The most recent mayor to die was Bob Lanier (1992–1998), on December 20, 2014.

Name Mayoral term Date of birth
Fred Hofheinz 1974–1977 March 15, 1938
Kathy Whitmire 1982–1991 August 15, 1946
Lee Brown 1998–2004 October 4, 1937
Bill White 2004–2010 June 16, 1954
Annise Parker 2010–2016 May 17, 1956

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Timeline". Women in Texas History. Austin: Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women's History. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.

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