Mayor, City of Houston
(He/him) Elected in December 2015 and overwhelmingly re-elected in December 2019, Sylvester Turner is serving his second four-year term as mayor of Houston, Texas. He is the city’s 62nd mayor. In his final year as Houston's top leader, Mayor Turner's theme is "execution and implementation," as he focuses on finishing major projects and initiatives. Since taking office, Mayor Turner has expertly managed significant challenges facing the nation's fourth-largest city, including budget deficits, homelessness, and natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. He is currently leading Houston's response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Amid national unrest and calls for improving the community and police relations, the mayor signed an executive order restricting the use of force and created a task force on policing reforms. Mayor Turner has passed seven balanced budgets within the city's fiscal constraints. He also oversaw Houston's remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey, championed historic pension reform, cheered on the 2017 and 2022 World Series Houston Astros, and hosted a successful Super Bowl LI. He also launched Houston's first Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet the Paris Agreement goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, and lead the global energy transition.