Sylvester Turner elected mayor of Houston, Texas

December 13, 2015

Did you know?, Government/Politics

Sylvester Turner elected mayor of Houston, Texas
Houston hasn’t elected a Republican mayor in more than 30 years.

Sylvester Turner

Houston elects Sylvester Turner (Democrat) as its next mayor.  Sylvester Turner defeated Republican businessman Bill King on 12 December 2015 to make him the next mayor of Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city (ranking by city limit population only, not by the metropolitan area population).

Turner won 51 percent of the runoff vote in the unofficial returns, defeating Bill King, a businessman and former mayor of Kemah, won 49 percent of the vote.

Turner ran for Mayor of Houston in 1991, losing in the runoff election. He lost again in 2003, falling in third place.

In 1984, Turner ran for Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 1 in the Democratic primary, but lost. Four years later, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in House District 139 in Harris County. Turner has served more than 25 years and was a member of the Legislative Budget Board, Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee of Articles 1, 4 & 5 (General Government, Judiciary, Public Safety & Criminal Justice) and a member of the House State Affairs Committee.

Turner graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Political Science from University of Houston.
Turner later earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Houston mayor election 2015

Sylvester Turner is not the first African American to be elected mayor of Houston.

Lee Patrick Brown
Lee Brown
In 1997, Lee Patrick Brown became the 59th Mayor of Houston and the first African American elected to serve as mayor of Houston. His term lasted from January 2, 1998 – January 2, 2004.

Other African Americans to serve as mayors of large Texas cities
Ivy Taylor
Ivy Taylor
Ivy Taylor is the first African American to be elected mayor of San Antonio and the second woman to hold the position. Taylor assumed office on July 22, 2014.

Ronald “Ron” Kirk
Ron Kirk
From 1994 to 1995, Ron Kirk wsas the Secretary of State of Texas, until he was elected as the Mayor of Dallas from June 5, 1995 – February 20, 2002 and becoming the first African American mayor of Dallas. Ron Kirk was the 16th United States Trade Representative from March 18, 2009 – March 15, 2013.
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Houston, Texas
Houston Skyline 2015

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City Limit Population
City population estimates for 2014 -released by the U.S. Census Bureau on May 21, 2015

City State 2010 census
2014 estimate
New York City NY 8,175,133 8,491,079
Los Angeles CA 3,792,621 3,928,864
Chicago IL 2,695,598 2,722,389
Houston TX 2,099,451 2,239,558
Philadelphia PA 1,526,006 1,560,297
Phoenix AZ 1,445,632 1,537,058
San Antonio TX 1,327,407 1,436,697
San Diego CA 1,307,402 1,381,069
Dallas TX 1,197,816 1,281,047
San Jose CA 945,942 1,015,785
Austin TX 790,390 912,791
Jacksonville FL 821,784 853,382
San Francisco CA 805,235 852,469
Indianapolis IN 820,445 848,788
Columbus OH 787,033 835,957
Fort Worth TX 741,206 812,238
Charlotte NC 731,424 809,958
Detroit MI 713,777 680,250
El Paso TX 649,121 679,036
Seattle WA 608,660 668,342
Denver CO 600,158 663,862
Washington DC 601,723 658,893
Memphis TN 646,889 656,861
Boston MA 617,594 655,884
Nashville-Davidson TN 601,222 644,014
Baltimore MD 620,961 622,793
Oklahoma City OK 579,999 620,602
Portland OR 583,776 619,360
Las Vegas NV 583,756 613,599
Louisville/Jefferson County KY 597,337 612,780
Milwaukee WI 594,833 599,642
Albuquerque NM 545,852 557,169
Tucson AZ 520,116 527,972
Fresno CA 494,665 515,986
Sacramento CA 466,488 485,199
Long Beach CA 462,257 473,577
Kansas City MO 459,787 470,800
Mesa AZ 439,041 464,704
Atlanta GA 420,003 456,002
Virginia Beach VA 437,994 450,980
Omaha NE 408,958 446,599
Colorado Springs CO 416,427 445,830
Raleigh NC 403,892 439,896
Miami FL 399,457 430,332
Oakland CA 390,724 413,775
Minneapolis MN 382,578 407,207
Tulsa OK 391,906 399,682
Cleveland OH 396,815 389,521

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U.S. Census Bureau population estimates–Release Date: March 26, 2015
Some of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas by rank in 2014 

Metropolitan- Combinded Statistical Areas (MSA/CSA)  Population  Population
Census 2010 July 1, 2014
New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA CSA 23,076,664 23,632,722
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA CSA 17,877,006 18,550,288
Chicago-Naperville, IL-IN-WI CSA 9,840,929 9,928,312
Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA CSA 9,051,961 9,546,579
San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA CSA 8,153,696 8,607,423
Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT CSA 7,893,376 8,099,575
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX CSA 6,817,483 7,352,613
Philadelphia-Reading-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD CSA 7,067,807 7,164,790
Houston-The Woodlands, TX CSA 6,114,562 6,686,318
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, FL CSA 6,166,766 6,558,143
Atlanta–Athens-Clarke County–Sandy Springs, GA CSA 5,910,296 6,258,875
Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, MI CSA 5,318,744 5,315,251
Seattle-Tacoma, WA CSA 4,274,767 4,526,991
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ MSA 4,192,887 4,489,109
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI CSA 3,684,928 3,835,050
Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH CSA 3,515,646 3,497,851
Denver-Aurora, CO CSA 3,090,874 3,345,261
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA MSA 3,095,313 3,263,431
Portland-Vancouver-Salem, OR-WA CSA 2,921,408 3,060,078
Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach, FL CSA 2,818,120 3,045,707
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA 2,783,243 2,915,582
St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL CSA 2,892,497 2,910,738
Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV CSA 2,660,727 2,653,781
Charlotte-Concord, NC-SC CSA 2,375,675 2,537,990
Sacramento-Roseville, CA CSA 2,414,783 2,513,103
Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT CSA 2,271,696 2,423,912
Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS CSA 2,343,008 2,411,635
Columbus-Marion-Zanesville, OH CSA 2,308,509 2,398,297
Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie, IN CSA 2,266,569 2,353,935
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX MSA 2,142,508 2,328,652
Las Vegas-Henderson, NV-AZ CSA 2,195,401 2,315,324
Cincinnati-Wilmington-Maysville, OH-KY-IN CSA 2,174,110 2,208,450
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC CSA 1,912,729 2,075,126
Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha, WI CSA 2,025,989 2,043,904
Austin-Round Rock, TX MSA 1,716,289 1,943,299
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro, TN CSA 1,788,434 1,912,819
Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC CSA 1,779,243 1,819,427
Greensboro–Winston-Salem–High Point, NC CSA 1,589,200 1,630,368
Jacksonville-St. Marys-Palatka, FL-GA CSA 1,470,473 1,543,297
Louisville/Jefferson Co.-Elizabethtown-Madison, KY-IN CSA 1,459,911 1,498,593
Hartford-West Hartford, CT CSA 1,486,436 1,487,971
New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond, LA-MS CSA 1,413,965 1,480,408
Grand Rapids-Wyoming-Muskegon, MI CSA 1,379,237 1,421,374
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC CSA 1,362,073 1,409,582
Oklahoma City-Shawnee, OK CSA 1,322,429 1,408,578
Memphis-Forrest City, TN-MS-AR CSA 1,353,087 1,370,129
Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL CSA 1,302,283 1,317,269
Richmond-Petersburg, VA MSA 1,208,101 1,260,029
Harrisburg-York-Lebanon, PA CSA 1,219,422 1,239,677
Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY CSA 1,215,826 1,214,960
Rochester-Batavia-Seneca Falls, NY CSA 1,175,001 1,177,439
Albany-Schenectady, NY CSA 1,168,485 1,173,518
Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM CSA 1,146,049 1,165,798
Tulsa-Muskogee-Bartlesville, OK CSA 1,106,431 1,139,468
Fresno-Madera, CA CSA 1,081,315 1,120,522
Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville, TN CSA 1,077,073 1,103,782
Dayton-Springfield-Sidney, OH CSA 1,080,044 1,077,665
Tucson-Nogales, AZ CSA 1,027,683 1,051,211
El Paso-Las Cruces, TX-NM CSA 1,013,356 1,050,374
Cape Coral-Fort Myers-Naples, FL CSA 940,274 1,028,290
Honolulu, HI MSA 953,207 991,788

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