Sylvester Turner, Mayor
Mayor Sylvester Turner serves as the Executive Officer of the City. As the City's chief administrator and official representative, the Mayor is responsible for the general management of the City and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. Administrative duties include the appointments, with Council approval, of department heads and persons serving on advisory boards.
-- Mayor's 2020 State of the City Speech
-- COVID-19 Information Page
-- Mayor's 2018 State of Mobility Speech
-- Letter to Houstonians About Pension Reform
-- More Speeches
-- Mayor's Videos Archive
-- Mayor's Transition Team Reports
-- Biography of Mayor Turner
As Executive Officer, the Mayor administers oaths and signs all motions, resolutions and ordinances passed by City Council. The Mayor also serves a legislative function, presiding over City Council with voting privileges.
The Mayor is responsible for advising Council of the City's financial condition and presents to Council an annual budget for approval.
2020 Inauguration Speech
January 2, 2020 -- Four years ago, the focus was on shared sacrifice. The City was facing serious financial challenges requiring all of us to make tough decisions and institute major pension reforms. And we did.
Four years ago, the unfunded pension liability was $8 billion. Today, it is a little more than $4 billion. We have balanced four city budgets under the revenue cap, not without sacrifices and unmet needs. More ...
2016 Inauguration Speech
January 4, 2016 -- The Bible I held this morning was the Bible I held 26 years ago when I was sworn in to represent my district in the House of Representatives in 1989. My mom was part of the celebration and sat next to me on the floor of the Texas House, and although she is not with us today, she is with me in spirit and always will be. My father, who worked at Continental Emsco for 31 years, was a yard man and died when I was 13.
My mom became the CEO of the Turner household. With no high school education, working as a maid at the Rice Hotel a few blocks away, never learning how to drive, she raised nine sons and daughters. She saw to it that they were educated, and when times were rough, she told us that tomorrow would be better than today. Today, it is evident that what my mom said is very true. More ...