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Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier Dies At 89

Lanier served from 1992 to 1998 and was said to be one of the most popular leaders in the city’s history.

Bob Lanier at the University of Houston. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from


Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier has died at the age of 89. The life-long Houstonian served as Mayor from 1992 to 1998 and was one of the most popular leaders in the city’s history.

He died at his home Saturday afternoon. Lanier was affectionately known as “Mayor Bob” and was a high profile figure in Houston after he left office because of term-limits.

Former President George H.W. Bush released a statement Saturday calling Lanier a “success in the business world,” whose leadership as mayor “helped lay the foundation” for a better city.

Mayor Annise Parker, in a statement says, “Although he became very successful in life, he never forgot his humble beginnings in Baytown.”

Parker says Lanier will be greatly missed.

Funeral services are pending for Lanier, who is survived by his wife Elyse, seven children and eleven grandchildren.        

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