Annise Parker is mayor of Houston, where she is a second-generation native. Sworn in to her first term in 2010, she is Houston’s 61st mayor, one of only two women to hold the city’s highest elected office. As the city’s chief executive officer, she is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the city and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. Prior to her election as mayor, Parker served for six years as Houston city controller and six years as an at-large member of Houston City Council. She is the only person in Houston history to hold the offices of council member, controller, and mayor. In the private sector, Parker spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. She also co-owned a retail bookstore for 10 years.