Personal and Family Life
Sylvester Turner was born on September 27, 1954, in Houston, Texas, US. Born to a commercial painter father and a mother who was a maid at the Rice Hotel, he is a matter of pride for his parents. At the age of 13, he lost his father to cancer. He must have earned some priceless memories during childhood while growing up with his eight other siblings in the Acres Homes community in northwest Houston.
For high school education, Turner joined Klein High School. His friendly nature was enough to win the hearts of his peers resulting him a senior class president. He then went to the University of Houston and left an indelible imprint there too. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.A. degree in political science and was also a speaker of the Student Senate there. Later he attended Harvard Law School from where he earned his J.D. degree.
Turner was married to wife Cheryl Turner in 1983. But he wasn’t lucky enough regarding his married life and the couple ended their 8 years long marriage relationship in 1991. However, there is still a thread in the form of their beautiful daughter Ashley Paige Turner that connects them to date.
Career and Family Relationship
After graduation, he started his career with Fulbright & Jaworski law firm. While working in the law firm, he gained some vital learning and experience and used them to launch his own law firm, Barnes & Turner. He didn’t let go his knowledge and worked as a professor and lecturer in Thurgood Marshall School of Law, South Texas College of Law and University of Houston Law School to flourish his learning to young talents. He is also a proud member of American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Lawyers Association and National Bar Association.
In 1988, Turner was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in Harris County. During his time in office up to 2014, Turner stood up twice for mayor of Houston, losing it both the times. One of the reasons for his loss was his negative image portrayal among the public after Wayne Dolcefino of Channel 13 accused him of being involved in an insurance scam during his 1991 campaign. He served House State Affairs Committee, Legislative Budget Board and Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations throughout his 25 years of service in the Texas House of Representatives. He was also one of the best members of the Texas House on LGBT issues.
In 2016, He lent his support for laws regulating Uber to ensure public safety. In 1999, when he was in the government, he voted to reform the electric utility industry in Texas. His other work service includes building electric poles and wires, assuring Texans that the gas companies do not cut off services during freezing temperatures. He has also been an advocate for woman’s right for quite a long now. In the occasion of his 84th legislature, Turner launched law relating to the medical services for people with severe and tenacious mental illness.
On December 12, 2015, he was named as the mayor of Houston after a victory over Bill King by 4082 votes. After a historic triumph, he landed to be the Houston second African American mayor. After the Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Turner was badly criticized for his unscrupulous decision of not ordering any kind of evacuation. In response to the news, he defended his decision by saying that it was literally impossible to evacuate combine Houston and Harris County 6.5 million people in a press conference.
Net Worth and Salary
Sylvester Turner net worth and salary is yet to be calculated. He is in a prestigious post of the country and it might be because of some national security his net worth has not been revealed. But we believe that as a mayor of Houston he must earn a great amount of net worth. An American City Business Journal analysis of mayoral salaries in 60 major US cities came up with the conclusion that Turner was one of the top highest-paid mayors beating out New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio. As per the reports, Blasio is paid $225,000 per year so Turner must be paid greater than Blasio amount.