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1991 Houston mayoral election

1991 Houston mayoral election

The Houston Mayoral Election of 1991 took place on November 5, 1991. The race was officially non-partisan. Bob Lanier defeated five term incumbent mayor Kathy Whitmire. A run-off election was held on December 7, 1991.

1991 Houston mayoral election

November 5, 1991
Nominee Bob Lanier Sylvester Turner Kathy Whitmire
Party preference Democratic Democratic Democratic
First round vote 138,096 113,782 63,613
First round percentage 44% 36% 20%
Runoff vote 152,792 135,173
Runoff percentage 53% 47%

Mayor before election

Kathy Whitmire

Elected Mayor

Bob Lanier

Most white voters of all economic levels voted for Lanier. His strongest tallies came from affluent neighborhoods like River Oaks, Meyerland, Uptown, Memorial and Sharpstown; in those areas he won with 60 to 65 percent or more of the vote. Lanier won 75 percent of the votes in his home Houston precinct. In racially mixed areas such as Westbury and Alief, Lanier had the majority of votes with his main opponent, Sylvester Turner, having finished in a close second place. Lanier did not win in Montrose and many African-American neighborhoods.[1][2]



Houston mayoral election, 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
None Bob Lanier 138,096 44%
None Sylvester Turner 113,782 36%
None Kathy Whitmire (incumbent) 63,613 20%
Houston mayoral election, 1991 Run-off
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
None Bob Lanier 152,792 53%
None Sylvester Turner 135,173 47%

Turner would later campaign in 2003 but took third place. He won the mayoral runoff on December 12, 2015.


  1. Rodriguez, Lori (November 9, 1991). "Saying goodbye, with no regrets". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  2. Bernstein, Alan; Simmon, Jim (November 7, 1991). "Black vote went solidly for Turner/Whitmire failed to produce split". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2020.
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