Dee Margo

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Dee Margo
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 67)
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 who is the 54th mayor of El Paso, Texas. 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 David Saucedo.[1][2] Margo served a term in the Texas House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, representing the 78th district, which covers parts of El Paso County, having defeated current Democratic Party member and Texas state representative Joe Moody. Moody defeated Margo in a rematch in 2012.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Donald Margo accepted a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University in 1970 and graduated in 1974; afterwards Margo moved to El Paso in 1977 from Nashville, Tennessee to join his father-in-law at John D. Williams Company (JDW). 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.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

El Paso, Texas mayoral election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Dee Margo [5] 17,148 57
Nonpartisan David Saucedo 12,937 43

Personal life and family[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.[4]

Tax policy[edit]

In a May 2017 interview shortly before he was elected, Margo was asked "how far he’d go to keep from raising taxes" and he stated that "I’ll go as far as I can go. We cannot afford any more tax increases given what we’re dealing with here with all of these bond issues."[6]

Disagreement with President Donald Trump in relation to U.S.-Mexico border[edit]

In February 2019, Margo received national attention following President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. In that address, Trump claimed: "The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime -- one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our Nation's most dangerous cities... Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives.” Margo, other officials, and independent fact-checkers, disputed Trump's claims, noting that records show no indication that El Paso's violent crime rate, which was already well below the national average for a city of its size, was affected by the barrier.[7][8][9]

Margo said that the communities of El Paso, and of Ciudad Juárez in Mexico with which it is linked by the busy Paso del Norte International Bridge, are part of "one region, one culture... From my vantage point in El Paso there is no crisis. You look south and you can’t tell where El Paso merges into Júarez."[10]

Margo urged lawmakers in Washington to reach agreement on U.S. immigration law reforms. He opined that undocumented workers who are working and paying taxes and do not have criminal records should be offered green cards, and that those who have served in the U.S. military or arrived as children (DACA) should be granted citizenship.[8][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Villasana, Jose (2017-06-11). "BREAKING: Dee Margo elected mayor of El Paso, Saucedo concedes race". KVIA. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  2. ^ RogueBeaver (2017-06-10). "San Antonio & El Paso Mayoral Liveblog / France & Puerto Rico Open Thread – RRH Elections". RRH Elections. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  3. ^ Ballotpedia. "Donald Margo". Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  4. ^ a b "About The Mayor". Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Dee Margo elected El Paso mayor". El Paso Times. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  6. ^ David Crowder. "Dee Margo". El Paso Inc. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Fact check: Trump claims a wall made El Paso safe. Data shows otherwise". NBC News. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b Jason Lemon (10 February 2019). "Republican El Paso mayor says he will "absolutely" tell Donald Trump he's wrong about crime in his city". Newsweek. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  9. ^ Qiu, Linda (12 February 2019). "Trump Repeats False Claim About El Paso Crime, This Time in El Paso". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  10. ^ Cohen, Roger (11 February 2019). "Opinion - Scenes From the Borderland". Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  11. ^ "El Paso Wall Doesn't Mean Walls are the Answer Locals Say". Retrieved 11 February 2019.

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