[December 12, 2009]
2009

Annise Parker '78 wins a runoff election December 12, 2009 and becomes the 1st openly gay mayor of a major US city. Parker teases her supporters as she begins her victory speech, “I am proud, very proud, to have been elected the first (pause), the very first graduate of Rice University to be mayor of Houston.” She does not make her sexual orientation a campaign issue,  and neither do her opponents.

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