Mayor of Houston, TX
Annise Parker is mayor of Houston, where she is a second-generation native. Currently serving her third term, she is Houston’s 61st mayor, one of only two women to hold the city’s highest elected office. Parker served for six years as Houston city controller and six years as an at-large member of Houston City Council. She is the only person in Houston history to hold the offices of council member, controller, and mayor. Previously, Parker spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. She also co-owned a bookstore for ten years.