Houston Mayor Parker Hints At Future Run For Higher Office

Parker wants to remain in public service after her mayoral term expires.


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Mayor Annise Parker
Mayor Annise Parker

Politicians are typically coy about their future plans and Mayor Parker is no different.

But she is speaking a little more openly about her plans to stay involved in politics.

Parker was a guest on Houston Matters, where she seemed to allude to a run for higher office.

“I spent 20 years in the oil and gas industry. I will have spent 18 years in public service. I’d like to continue in public service if I can. Anything I do after this is a partisan position. I like the fact that as mayor of Houston, I can draw support and strength from Republicans and Democrats and Independents. But I am a Democrat, and if I run for something in the future it will be as a Democrat.”

Parker was quick to say she has no desire to run for Congress and laughed off a suggestion that she could serve as vice president.

But she did talk about her ambitions for the state of Texas.

“I think it’s going to be a long time before we turn Texas blue, but we can start turning Texas purple. I don’t want to turn Texas blue just because I’m a Democrat. I want to turn Texas blue because I think we need to be investing more in education. I think we need to be investing more in transportation. I think we need to be investing more in the environmental issues that plague the state of Texas. And I want to do things and it’ll depend on whether I see a role for myself in doing that.”

Parker remains mum when asked about an eye toward the governor’s office. But there’s long been talk that she’ll seek statewide election after her term as mayor is over at the end of next year.


The entire interview with Houston Matters: Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

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