Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Releases Statement on Passing of Ernest McGowen, Sr.



August 27, 2012 -- Mayor Annise Parker today released the following statement regarding the passing of former City Council Member Ernest McGowen, Sr.:


"Ernest McGowen, Sr. was the first African-American district council member, elected to represent District B immediately after single-member districts were created in Houston. He served his constituents with passion and commitment, but he also led on issues such as how the city responded to apartheid in South Africa and promoted disinvestment.


"He left a legacy through his family as well - his wife and sons have carried on the importance of  service in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."