Annise Danette Parker born May 17, is an American politician who served as the 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas , from until She also served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council from to and city controller from to Parker was Houston 's second female mayor after Kathy Whitmire , and one of the first openly gay mayors of a major U. Following the voter-approval of Proposition 2 on November 3, , which extended the terms of the Mayor, City Controller, and City Councilmembers to two four-year terms, Parker became the last Houston Mayor to be limited to serving three two-year terms.
Some people might think a liberal Latina lesbian has no chance to unseat an incumbent Republican governor in a conservative state like Texas. Indeed, Valdez has won several. The daughter of migrant farmworkers and the youngest child in a family of 10, the native Texan put herself through college, sometimes working two jobs to do so. Then, in , she was elected sheriff of Dallas County, making her the first Latina and first lesbian to win that position in any county in the state and one of the first Democrats to win Dallas County-wide office in several years. She faced a hostile department but was reelected three times, serving until , when she resigned to begin her gubernatorial run.
The Midterm Elections Have Made History With These Notable Firsts
Activists in Georgia and Texas are celebrating history being made after a major US political party for the first time selected a black woman , and a lesbian , to challenge in races for state governorships. She also said she was happy to be among a group of women making history. She said the year-old had a lot of work to do as she seeks to expand black voter registration and build a viable coalition of supporters.
Camila Domonoske. America's th Congress is going to include some prominent firsts — and several governors' races also made history in these midterms. The U.