Meet Council Member Ed Gonzalez
Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez was first elected to serve on Houston City Council in 2009. A life-long resident of the City of Houston, he is dedicated to making his hometown the leading global city of the 21st century.
Council Member Gonzalez is committed to public safety and served the Houston Police Department for 18 years. While at the Houston Police Department, Gonzalez was promoted to Sergeant, served on the elite hostage negotiation team and was a homicide investigator. He has used his extensive law enforcement experience to help craft innovative and effective solutions to modern-day crime issues. Council Member Gonzalez has been a public servant for most of his adult-life and knows what it means to be “on call” at all times to serve the constituents of the City of Houston.
Council Member Gonzalez also prioritizes quality of life issues and infrastructure improvements for our city. He is well-known for regularly visiting neighborhoods and speaking to residents about their concerns. He works diligently to connect with residents and community leaders, an effort to educate his constituents on the services the City of Houston provides and to address their needs. Recognized as an active user of multiple social media platforms, Gonzalez has used technology as an additional tool to communicate with constituents and to further engage with the communities he represents.
Council Member Gonzalez has been a champion for education and regularly speaks at area schools. He passionately advocates for literacy by sharing his personal story; his father did not have the ability to read and write as an adult, but made sure that his son had every opportunity to learn and to achieve though education. Today, Council Member Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston Downtown and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas.
On Houston City Council, Gonzalez has served as Mayor Pro-Tem since 2012 when he was appointed by Mayor Annise Parker and confirmed by his peers; previously he served as Vice Mayor Pro-Tem, first elected by his peers in 2010. Currently he serves as Chair for the Public Safety & Homeland Security (PSHS) Committee. Gonzalez also sits on the following committees: Budget and Fiscal Affairs (BFA), Ethics, Elections and Council Governance (EECG), Houston and Community Affairs (HCA), Quality of Life (QoL), and Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure (TTI).
Council Member Gonzalez and his wife, Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, reside in Lindale Park with their daughters; they make nearby St. Patrick Church their worship home.