“I told supporters my plans. But currently I am focusing on the senate race,” Whitmire confirmed to KPRC 2′s Investigative team. “We have unfinished business in legislature. Bail bond reform etc. but yes I am running in 2023. There will be an official announcement in the future.”
Whitmire is the first prospective mayoral candidate to announce his intention to run for Houston mayor.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s final term ends in 2023. Turner was elected to the position in December 2015 and again in 2019.
No one has officially filed to run for Houston Mayor, The City of Houston Secretary’s Office told KPRC 2. The filing deadline is in 2022.
Whitmire currently represents the state’s 15th Senatorial District, which comprises of north Houston and portions of Harris County.
Whitmire has over 38 years of service in the Texas Senate. He was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1982. Previously, he served 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives.
Born in Hillsboro, Texas, Whitmire moved to Houston where he graduated from Waltrip High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston, and later attended the Bates College of Law.