Hon. Sylvester Turner

City of Houston

Mayor

Elected in December 2015 and re-elected in December 2019, Sylvester Turner is serving his second four-year term as Houston’s mayor. Since taking office, Mayor Turner passed five balanced budgets; led the city’s remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey; expanded municipal investments in renewable energy; led the winning bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020; and is currently leading Houston’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As the head of the energy capital of the world and the most diverse city in the nation, Mayor Turner brings a performance-driven approach to the job, creating a more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services while shoring up Houston’s financial future. Prior to his election as mayor, Turner served for 27 years in the Texas House as the representative for District 139. He worked on the House Appropriations Committee for 21 years and served as Speaker Pro Tem for three terms. As a life-long resident of Houston, Mayor Turner is passionate about his city and continues to live in the Acres Homes community where he grew up. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law career at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and later founded the Barnes & Turner Law Firm.

SESSIONS WITH Hon. Sylvester Turner

Friday, 5 March

  • 08:00am - 08:25am (CST) / 05/mar/2021 02:00 pm - 05/mar/2021 02:25 pm

    Plenary

    Welcome Remarks & Cities: Managing crises & the future of energy

    Panel Transportation & Mobility Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    Houston is the capital of global energy and for the past four decades the home of CERAWeek. Mayor Sylvester Turner will share lessons from the city’s experience with the pandemic, discuss leadership strategies during times of crisis, and explore Houston’s evolving role in the new map of energy.