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Houston Mayor Annise Parker Leads Her Final Council Meeting

It’s the end of 18 years of public service to the city of Houston.

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Florian Martin
Houston Mayor Annise Parker presides over her final city council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.

For the last time, Mayor Annise Parker used the gavel at a Houston City Council meeting Tuesday and said the words, "We are adjourned."

It was also the last session for five council members who are either term-limited or, in one case, lost the election.

All of them got lots of praise from their colleagues, but the majority of it was reserved for Parker.

At-large council member Jack Christie, who is not a political ally of the outgoing mayor, lauded her as a great leader and ambassador for the city.

He got emotional talking about Parker's adopted children.

"And then adopting two more beautiful girls and say, ‘our life is your life' – that's leadership," Christie said. "We've had a great mayor. Congratulations."

For Parker, this marks the end of 18 years serving the city – first as council member, then as city controller and finally mayor.

She said she is sad about leaving that behind.

"I suspect that even though I look forward to be able to continue to serve the public in some way that this will be the best job I will have had," Parker said. "And that is wonderful, but it makes me a little melancholy as well."

Parker will leave office in less than two weeks.

She has applied for a one-semester fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and says she has no specific career plans for after that.

Her successor, Mayor-elect Sylvester Turner, will be sworn in on Jan. 4.

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Florian Martin
For Mayor Annise Parker and five council members, Tuesday was the last council meeting.

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