Sylvester Turner

Sylvester Turner

Mayor, City of Houston

Elected in December 2015 and re-elected in December 2019, Sylvester Turner is serving his second four-year term as mayor of Houston. Since taking office, Turner has managed significant challenges facing the nation’s fourth-largest city, including budget deficits, homelessness and natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. He is leading Houston’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Amid national unrest and calls for improving community and police relations, the mayor signed an executive order restricting the use of force and created a task force on policing reforms. Operating within the city’s fiscal constraints, Turner has passed five balanced budgets, oversaw Houston’s rebound from Hurricane Harvey, championed historic pension reform, cheered on the 2017 Word Series Houston Astros and hosted a successful Super Bowl LI. Before serving as Houston’s mayor, Turner served for 27 years as the Representative for Texas House District 139.