Overlooking the Texans field at NRG Stadium, dozens of new office holders took part in a public event to celebrate the beginning of their terms.
After over 25 years in the State Senate, Rodney Ellis has now been sworn in as Harris County's Precinct One Commissioner. So what's the first thing he wants to do?
"An immediate issue, the first thing I think that voters will see from all of us who were elected this cycle is changes in the criminal justice system that are sensible, that make our community safer," says Ellis.
"Because I made a promise that all misdemeanor possession cases would be directed around the jails," adds Ogg.
"We've got to really go after hardened criminals, that are the ones really terrorizing our communities," says Gonzalez. "And I don't think we're doing that sufficiently enough. We've got to re-change the focus a little bit and go after those bigger criminals."
Gonzalez says it's also an issue of money, and the millions of dollars it cost every year to house people in jail.