Sylvester Turner

American politician

Sylvester Turner (born September 27, 1954) is an American politician. He is the 62nd and current Mayor of Houston, Texas. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Turner was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1989 until 2016.[1] Turner ran for mayor of Houston in 1991, losing in the runoff election to Bob Lanier.

Sylvester Turner
Mayor Sylvester Turner.jpg
62nd Mayor of Houston
Assumed office
January 2, 2016
Preceded byAnnise Parker
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 139th district
In office
January 10, 1989 – January 2, 2016
Preceded byClint Hackney
Succeeded byJarvis Johnson
Personal details
Born (1954-09-27) September 27, 1954 (age 66)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Cheryl Turner
(m. 1983; div. 1991)
EducationUniversity of Houston (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Turner won the 2015 election,[2] defeating Bill King in the runoff by 4,082 votes out of 212,696 votes cast in the closest mayoral election in Houston history by percentage.[3]


  1. "Rep. Sylvester Turner". Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  2. Cooper, Nakia. "Sylvester Turner announces candidacy for mayor". Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  3. Click2Houston Retrieved 12 December 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)