Government in San Antonio Texas

The Government of  San Antonio, Texas is based on the US Federal Government which is in turn a representative Democracy.

The Mayor of San Antonio, who presides over the City Council is elected to this position every two years and may serve unlimited terms. The term limits were put into place because some members had served for too long consecutively. In addition to serving as a presiding member over the Council, the mayor also has significant powers with regard to controlling city ordinances and managing city finances.

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A councilman (alderman) from each district of San Antonio represent their constituency at City Hall and facilitate public inquiries, concerns or problems with local administrative departments and agencies such as Public Works, Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI), Planning & Community Development (PCD), Development Services (DS), and the San Antonio Housing Authority.

Council meetings are held every Tuesday at 5:30pm, The City Council meets in the chambers of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 100 Auditorium Circle. At these meetings you can voice your opinion or concerns about problems in your city to your respective representatives by attending and speaking on a topic during Public Session.

The current Mayor of San Antonio is Ivy Taylor who has been serving since June 2015 and ran against previous mayor Julian Castro. Castro had previously served as mayor from 2009-2015 after succeeding Phil Hardberger who served only one term from 2005–2009 . Prior to 2005, Howard Peak served his last term as mayor for four years after defeating incumbent Ed Garza in 2001.

San Antonio, Texas city council and their roles:

The City Council has both legislative ( creating ordinances) and executive (carrying out the laws) power within city government. It is divided into 10 districts with one representative in each district being elected every two years during municipal elections .

District 1 – Roberto C. Treviño

District 2 – Alan E. Warrick II

District 3 – Rebecca Viagran

District 4 – Rey Saldaña

District 5 – Shirley Gonzales

District 6 – Greg Brockhouse District 7- Cris Medina District 8- Naomi Pizano District 9- Joe Krier

Council Member Roberto C. Treviño – District 1

Roberto C. Trevino was elected to represent district one on May 9, 2013 after defeating incumbent Ray Lopez . He is currently serving his first term and has been involved in the community with Blue Star Arts Complex Board of Directors, Haven for Hope Advisory Board, Sister Cities International board of directors, Let Me Play San Antonio coalition member and Beacon Hill Historic Neighborhood Association president.

Council Member Alan E. Warrick II – District 2

Alan Warrick II was elected to represent district two on May 9, 2013 after defeating incumbent Carlton Soules who left office due to term limits . He is currently serving his first term and has been an active member in many committees that help shape city such as : The 2012 Bond Oversight Committee, The Mayor’s Task Force on Historical and Architectural Preservation, San Antonio Housing Trust Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors.

Council Member Rebecca Viagran – District 3

Rebecca Viagran was elected to represent district three on May 9, 2013 after defeating incumbent Diego Bernal who left office due to term limits . She is currently serving her first term and has been involved in the community with : The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, St. Matthew’s Lutheran School, 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Southside Development Corporation.

Council Member Rey Saldaña – District 4

Rey Saldaña was elected to represent district four on May 14th, 2014 after previously serving as a council member from 2005-2012 for district four and defeating incumbent Carlton Soules who left office due to term limits . He is currently serving his second term in office. Prior to working at city council, Saldana graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University and worked as the community outreach coordinator for Councilwoman Elisa Chan.

During Saldaña’s previous 4 years of service he was involved in many committees that have helped shape the city such as : Infrastructure & Capital Improvements Committee, San Antonio Housing Trust Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors, 2012 Bond Oversight Committee, District 4 Community Meeting Advisory Committee.

Council Member Shirley Gonzales – District 5

Shirley Gonzales was elected to represent district five on May 9, 2013 after defeating incumbent David Medina who left office due to term limits . She is currently serving her first term and has been involved in the community with : San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association, Society for Autism Research and Education of Texas board member, Maverick-Carter Foundation board member.

Council Member Greg Brockhouse – District 6

Greg Brockhouse was elected to represent district six on May 9, 2015 after defeating incumbent Leticia Ozuna who left office due to term limits and prior to his run also served as chief of staff for current Texas State Rep. Mike “Poncho” Nevárez . He is currently serving his first term and has been involved in the community with : South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board member, Volunteer San Antonio advisory board member.

Council Member Cris Medina – District 7

Cris Medina was elected to represent district seven on May 9, 2013 after defeating incumbent Carlton Soules who left office due to term limits . He is currently serving his first term and has been involved in numerous committees that have helped shape city such as : Parks & Recreation Department Advisory Board, Trinity University President’s Council, Beacon Hill Historic Neighborhood Association president.

Council Member Naomi Pizano – District 8

Naomi Pizano was elected to represent district eight on may 14th, 2014 after previously being appointed by Mayor Julián Castro to serve district eight in July of 2013 after defeating incumbent Michael De Leon who left office due to term limits . She is currently serving her second term and has been involved in the community with : MALDEF, Planned Parenthood Advisory Board, Friends of the San Antonio River Oversight Committee.

Council Member John Courage – District 9

John Courage was elected to represent district nine on may 14th, 2014 after being appointed by Mayor Julián Castro in April of 2012 as an interim council member for district nine after defeating incumbent David Medina who left office due to term limits . He is currently serving his first full term in office. Prior to becoming a council member for city council he worked at Texas State University-San Marcos (formerly Southwest Texas State University) where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and history.

Council Member Mike Gallagher – District 10

Mike Gallagher was elected to represent district ten on may 9th, 2015 after defeating incumbent Carlton Soules who left office due to term limits . He is currently serving his first term in office. Prior to working at city council, Gallagher worked as the chief of staff for New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil and as an adjunct professor at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Council Member Clayton Perry – District 11

Clayton Perry was elected to represent district eleven on may 14th, 2014 after previously being appointed by Mayor Julián Castro in August 2013 to serve district eleven after being defeated by incumbent Ray Lopez who ran for re-election. Prior to being appointed he worked as chief of staff for State Rep. Kenneth Sheets . He is currently serving his first term in office.