Dee Margo

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Dee Margo
Dee Margo by Shealah Craighead.jpg
54th Mayor of El Paso
Assumed office
June 26, 2017
Preceded byOscar Leeser
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 78th district
In office
January 11, 2011 – January 8, 2013
Preceded byJoe Moody
Succeeded byJoe Moody
Personal details
Donald Margo

(1952-02-04) February 4, 1952 (age 68)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Adair Margo (m. 1976)
EducationVanderbilt University (BA)
WebsiteGovernment website

Donald "Dee" Margo (born February 4, 1952) is an American businessman and politician who is currently serving as the 54th mayor of El Paso, Texas.

Early life and education[edit]

Margo accepted a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University in 1970 and graduated in 1974.


Margo moved to El Paso in 1977 from Nashville, Tennessee to join his father-in-law at John D. Williams Company. In February 1981, six days after Margo’s 29th birthday, his father-in-law suffered a fatal heart attack. Margo had purchased JDW from the estate, and expanded the company from six employees to 70 in the span of 30 years.[1]

Margo served for one term in the Texas House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, representing the 78th district, which covers parts of El Paso County, having defeated Texas state representative Joe Moody. Moody defeated Margo in a rematch in 2012.[2] On June 10, 2017, he became the mayor-elect of El Paso after winning the runoff part of the city's mayoral election of 2017 against another Republican businessman, David Saucedo.[3][4]

Margo is running for re-election against former mayor Oscar Leeser in 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Margo has been a resident of El Paso for over 40 years. He and his wife Adair married on August 21, 1976 and moved to El Paso in March 1977, where they raised their sons. Their granddaughters are fifth-generation El Pasoans.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

El Paso, Texas mayoral election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Dee Margo [5] 17,148 57.00
Nonpartisan David Saucedo 12,941 43.0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About The Mayor". Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ Ballotpedia. "Donald Margo". Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  3. ^ Villasana, Jose (2017-06-11). "BREAKING: Dee Margo elected mayor of El Paso, Saucedo concedes race". KVIA. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  4. ^ RogueBeaver (2017-06-10). "San Antonio & El Paso Mayoral Liveblog / France & Puerto Rico Open Thread – RRH Elections". RRH Elections. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  5. ^ "Dee Margo elected El Paso mayor". El Paso Times. Retrieved 11 February 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Oscar Leeser
Mayor of El Paso