Annise Parker

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Annise Parker
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Mayor of Houston
In office
Years in position 4
Base salary$209,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedDecember 12, 2009
Next generalNovember 5, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
City Controller
City Council
Bachelor'sRice University
BirthdayMay 17, 1956
Place of birthHouston, Texas
Office website
Campaign website
Annise Parker is the current Mayor of Houston, Texas. She was first elected on November 5, 2009, and was sworn into office on January 2, 2010. She won reelection in 2011 and 2013. Before becoming Mayor, Parker served as Houston's City Controller from 2004-2010 and sat on the Houston City Council from 1998-2004.[1]

In September 2014, Parker was listed as one of 26 finalist for "best mayor in the world" in an international contest sponsored by the City Mayors Foundation.[2]


Parker was born in Houston. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology in 1978 from Rice University.[1][3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Parker's political career:[1]

  • 2010-Present: Mayor of Houston
  • 2004-2010: Houston City Controller
  • 1998-2004: Houston City Council Member


Marijuana legalization

In October 2014, Parker called for reforms to existing drug policy and laws in the United States, saying, "We have seen over and over again that outright prohibition doesn’t work. We saw that in the 20’s when the prohibition in this country fueled the rise of organized crime. At the same time we don’t want in any way to send a message that illegal drugs are approved or appropriate but we need to figure out a way to go to managing these drugs rather than simply saying, ‘Don’t do it’ or ‘We are going to treat all illegal drugs the same." Parker then went on to elaborate on these comments by stating, "What you see again in America is beginning to have an adult conversation in many places about marijuana and once that works its way through the justice system across America, through our state legislatures and I think that ... well, it’s not going to happen quickly ... I think, too, that public opinion is going to shift on marijuana and then it will be decriminalized in most states. There are still lots and lots of drugs out there that…Kush, for example, is one where if you are considering pot you are not likely to go out and disturb other people. The first time you indulge in “potpourri” or Kush or so-called synthetic marijuana you could very well go out in a psychotic state and injure yourself or others and you have to make a distinction between different types of drugs and the impact they have on people."[4]



Parker was reelected as Mayor of Houston on November 5, 2013.[5]

Houston, Texas Mayoral Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnnise Parker Incumbent 57.2% 97,165
     Democratic Ben Hall 27.6% 46,828
     Republican Eric Dick 10.8% 18,320
     Green Party Don Cook 1% 1,722
     Other Keryl Burgess Douglass 0.7% 1,196
     Socialist Party Michael Fitzsimmons 0.7% 1,183
     Other Victoria Lane 1.1% 1,786
     Other Derek A. Jenkins 0.5% 824
     Other Charyl Drab 0.5% 771
Total Votes 169,795


Parker is married to Kathy Hubbard with whom she has three daughters and a son.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill White
Mayor of Houston
Succeeded by