Annise Parker (File)
HOUSTON (January 2, 2014) Houston Mayor Annise Parker was sworn in for a third two-year term Thursday in ceremonies during which she said street and draining improvements made during her previous four years in office soon will become more visible.
She also called Thursday for more hurricane protection and passage of what the Houston Chronicle described as a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
She asked those attending the ceremony to join her in creating the future of Houston.
Sixteen members of the Houston City Council also have been sworn in. Six of them are new.
Parker is term-limited from seeking another run for the chief executive's office in Texas' largest city.
She took office on Jan. 1, 2010.
Parker, the first openly gay person to be elected mayor of Houston, won the post in 2009, defeating former city attorney Gene Locke with 53.6 percent of the vote in a hotly contested runoff election.
The city of 2.2 million has about 60,000 residents who identify themselves as either gay or lesbian.