City of Houston Mayor's Office of Communications 

Mayor John WhitmireWelcome to the Mayor’s Office of Communications. This office works to advance the priorities and accomplishments of Mayor John Whitmire’s Administration and promote transparent, timely, and accurate information to the media and public to help them better understand their municipal government.

The Mayor’s Office of Communications oversees external communications and strategic messaging for Mayor Whitmire.

It guides each City of Houston department and office to ensure alignment with the administration and enhance communications with the citizens of Houston.

The office distributes news releases, records video messages, and maintains several social media platforms.

The office also processes ceremonial documents and provides responsive documents on time in compliance with the Texas Public Information Act.

Mary Benton
Director of Communications
901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002
PHONE: 832.393.0830 M: 713.208.6229

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Media Inquiries
To ensure a timely response to your deadline, we request that all media inquiries be sent to the following individuals. 

Mary Benton
Chief of Communications / Senior Advisor to the Mayor
Office: 832.393.0830
Mobile: 713.208.6229

Digital Communications and Social Media
The Mayor's Office of Communications shares the mayor’s announcements and priorities via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


The Houston Municipal Channel 16 provides coverage of City of Houston council meetings, committee meetings and events led by Mayor Whitmire, City Council and department directors.
There are several ways to watch on the following cable systems:
Comcast (Ch. 16)
Phonoscope (Ch. 73 & 99)
Suddenlink (Ch. 14)
AT&T U-verse (Ch. 99)

Ceremonial Documents
The Mayor's Office of Communications creates proclamations, certificates and letters signed by the mayor to congratulate, honor or recognize a city of Houston resident or organization. Houstonians may request them through our office. PHONE: 832.393.1008 or e-mail
Full details on how you can obtain a ceremonial document.

Public Information Requests
The Texas Public Information Act (the "TPIA") gives the public the right to request access to government information. Requests for information maintained by the Office of the Mayor may be made in writing or electronically at the following locations:
Mary Benton
Mayor's Communications Office
City Hall
901 Bagby, 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77002
(FAX) 832.393.0800
Submit request via online records portal
Public information requests with the City of Houston

Scheduling Requests
All non-media scheduling requests for Mayor Whitmire should be submitted through the Scheduling Office's portal available at

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Mayor Whitmire Asks Houstonians to Pray for Former President Trump and Those Injured In Today’s Tragic Shooting

“The shooting that happened at former President Donald Trump‘s rally today in Butler, Pennsylvania is unacceptable. I’m glad to know the former president is secure.  ...


Vonn Tran

Mayor Whitmire Names New Director of Planning and Development Department

Mayor John Whitmire has announced plans to appoint Vonn Tran as the City of Houston’s Planning and Development Director, subject to city council confirmation on Wednesday, July 17. ...


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Mayor Whitmire's July 4 Newsletter

As summer heats up, our city is buzzing with vibrant energy and events that reflect the diverse and inclusive spirit of Houston. June was a time of celebration, and I am delighted to highlight two significant occasions: Pride celebrations and Father's Day. ...


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Mayor Whitmire's June Update Newsletter

As we strive for a brighter future for our beloved city, I am excited to share some of the recent projects and plans already in motion. Over the past few weeks, my team and I have been diligently working to implement initiatives to enhance public safety, our infrastructure, boost economic growth, and improve the quality of life for all Houstonians. ...