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August Civic Club Presentation: Mayor Sylvester Turner

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Sylvester Turner was elected Mayor of the City of Houston on December 12, 2015 to serve a four-year term beginning January 4, 2016.

Born in 1954, Sylvester grew up in the Acres Homes community in northwest Houston. His mother worked as a maid in the old Rice Hotel in Houston and his father worked as a painter for Continental Ensco, and cut yards with his sons on the weekends to make extra money. The Turners raised nine children in their modest two-bedroom home in Acres Homes. When he was 13 years old, Sylvester lost his father to cancer and his mother took charge of the Turner household. Although she never finished high school or learned to drive, she ensured her children got an education and inspired them to achieve.

Sylvester attended neighborhood public schools until forced integration came to Houston and he was bused to Klein High School. After a predictably rocky start, the student body adapted to its new enrollees – and Sylvester was later elected president of the student body and graduated as valedictorian.

Sylvester graduated from the University of Houston and Harvard Law School before joining the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski. He later founded the Houston law firm of Barnes & Turner in 1983.

In 1988, Sylvester was elected to the Texas House of Representatives to serve the people of House District 139 in Northwest Houston. He served until his election as mayor, working on the House Appropriations Committee for 21 years and serving as Speaker Pro Tem for three terms. He was appointed to several Budget Conference Committees to help balance the state’s budget and served on the Legislative Budget Board.

He is very proud of his daughter Ashley, who is continuing the Turner family tradition of public service with her work in the healthcare field.

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