||This biographical article is written like a résumé. (September 2009)|
|Attorney for the City of Houston|
|Alma mater||University of Houston|
|Website||Gene Locke for Mayor|
Gene L. Locke is an Attorney who lives in the city of Houston. He works for the law firm Andrews Kurth LLP. From 1995 to 1998 he was the City Attorney for Houston. Locke ran for Mayor of Houston in the November 2009 election and came in second place, forcing a run off with Annise Parker. Locke then lost in the runoff election.
Early life and career
Born in East Texas the son of a schoolteacher, Gene graduated from Pemberton High School. He later attended the University of Houston, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Locke later attended South Texas College of Law where he received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree in 1981. He took classes at night while working rotating shifts at an oil refinery during the day.
Locke would go on to serve as Chief of Staff to Congressman Mickey Leland (D-Texas) in Washington, D.C.
Gene returned to Houston to practice law. In 1995, Mayor Bob Lanier asked Gene to serve as City Attorney.
Houston City Attorney
In 1995, Mayor Bob Lanier asked Locke to be the City Attorney for Houston. First as City Attorney, then in private practice, Gene led the negotiations and development of Minute Maid Park, Reliant Park, and Toyota Center. Locke left the position when Lee Brown became mayor in 1998.
Named a Texas Super Lawyer, Gene is currently a partner at Andrews Kurth LLP. He serves on the firm’s Policy Committee, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and co-Chair of the Public Law Section. He has served as Special Counsel to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) and the Port of Houston Authority.
Houston Mayoral candidacy
Locke ran for Mayor of Houston in 2009. Other candidates included Peter Brown, Annise Parker, and Roy Morales. He came in second place in the election, which led to a runoff election between Locke and Annise Parker held on December 12, 2009. He lost the runoff to Parker by a margin of 6 percentage points.
- Locke, Gene and David Goldstein. Gene Locke Oral History, Houston Oral History Project, July 31, 2008.