About Council Member Oliver Pennington
Oliver Pennington's life is one of education, hard work, dedication and achievement. Born and raised in Houston, he loves this city and everything it has to offer. Oliver achieved great success at a very young age. He graduated in 1960 from Rice University. From there he went on to law school at the University of Texas. He graduated in 1963.
During that time he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. He married in 1968 to Beverly Buzzini and together they raised two children right here in District G, Oliver Pennington III and Sarah Pennington Tropoli. Oliver currently has 5 grandchildren.
Upon graduation, he took a job at the local firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. He quickly became a partner and took on that role from 1973 to 2002. Oliver's practice included municipal finance, municipal law, municipal utility district law (where he attended monthly meetings of boards which dealt with water, sanitary sewage, drainage, security, solid waste services and other similar neighborhood issues), environmental and administrative law.
Oliver is the former Chairman of the Houston Civil Service Commission. He was a member of Board of the Memorial Park Conservancy for five years, which is right in the heart of District G. He is also a member of the Houston Bar Association. He is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership where he is or has been a member of the Water Laws Committee and the Environmental Committee and the Economic Development Committee. Oliver was also a member of the Board of Directors of North Houston Association, a trade group advocating public policy and economic development policies favorable to that area.
Oliver has been involved in the community at many different levels, particularly at the neighborhood level because of his municipal utility district law practice. He has been successful and is now ready to give back to his community and the city of Houston by serving as Councilmember for District G.
Mr. Pennington has been appointed by Mayor Annise D. Parker to participate as a member of the following City Council Committees:
- Budget & Fiscal Affairs
- Ethics, Elections & Council Governance
- Housing, Sustainable Growth and Development
- Public Safety
- Quality of Life
- Transportation, Technology & Infrastructure (Vice-Chair)