Lyda Ann Thomas

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Lyda Ann Thomas
Mayor of Galveston, Texas
In office
Preceded by Roger "Bo" Quiroga
Succeeded by Joe Jaworski
Personal details
Born Galveston
Political party Democratic
Profession President of Thomas & Company of Galveston, Inc

Lyda Ann Thomas is the former mayor of Galveston, Texas, United States. She was first elected in 2004 to succeed Roger "Bo" Quiroga. Thomas was the third female mayor of Galveston.[1]

Education and politics[edit]

Thomas attended The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. Thomas ran for District 4 for the Galveston City Council in 1998. She won both permitted elections after that until term-limited out. In 2004 she ran for, and was elected, Mayor of Galveston. Thomas proceeded to serve three terms as mayor, and stepped down in 2010 after reaching her a city-imposed term-limit.[2]

Hurricane Rita[edit]

On September 20, 2005 during Hurricane Rita, Thomas declared a state of emergency and ordered an evacuation effective 6 PM the following day. When added to the panicked flight from Houston, this exacerbated the congestion in the area. She was however praised for her caution, receiving the 2007 National Blueprint Best Practices Award from the National Council on Readiness & Preparedness.

Hurricane Ike[edit]

On August 4, 2008 when Tropical Storm Edouard came ashore, Thomas limited her statements to a warning.

When Hurricane Ike approached Galveston, on September 10 at noon Thomas said that although she did not expect to be ordering an evacuation, she asked for a voluntary evacuation of the western part of the island. At 5 PM this hardened to a mandatory order and she suggested voluntary evacuation for the rest of the island.

Thomas ordered the full evacuation 9:30 AM on September 11, in a news conference with Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough. She told the media at the time that she had wanted to avoid an evacuation order.


  1. ^ Torgovnick, Kate (2008-08-13). "The Cities Where Women Rule". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  2. ^ Meyers, Rhiannon. "Jaworski replaces a tearful Thomas as mayor". Galveston Daily News. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger "Bo" Quiroga
Mayor of Galveston, Texas
2004 – 2010
Succeeded by
Joe Jaworski