AUSTIN, Texas – Businessman Bill White, a 1979 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, is the new mayor of Houston, after winning a runoff election on Dec. 6.
White, 49, a former chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, earned a spot in the mayoral race runoff after no single candidate claimed more than 50 percent of the votes in the Nov. 4 election. In the runoff, White had 136,617 votes or 63 percent of the votes.
Since 1997, White has been the president and chief executive officer of Houston-based WEDGE Group Inc., a firm consisting of companies engaged in oil and gas services, engineering and manufacturing, and real estate.
White was once the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy. He also served as an attorney and partner at Susman Godfrey from 1979 to 1993. As a lawyer, White obtained compensation under the federal securities laws for investors victimized by fraud in one of the largest judgments ever awarded at the time. He was also part of a legal team that successfully challenged cable franchises awarded in Houston on terms that were unfavorable for Houston's consumers.
In April 2001, White was honored by the Law School as one of four distinguished alumni and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service. White graduated from the Law School in 1979 with highest honors, and was elected editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review.