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
Director of Communications
Office: 832.393.0830
Mobile: 713.208.6229

Deidrea George
Press Secretary
Office: 832.393.0800
Mobile: 832.763.6972

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 Tik Tok.


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: 832.393.0802 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:
Javelle Johnson
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
For more information on public information requests with the City of Houston, please click here.

Video Messages
Video messages are reserved for individuals, organizations and events that positively contribute to the economic, social and/or cultural fabric of 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 Appoints New Houston Housing Authority Commissioners

Mayor John Whitmire today announced the appointment of new Commissioners of the Houston Housing Authority to help lead the organization and address his concerns about financial mismanagement and ...


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Hello from City Hall

Mayor John Whitmire hit the ground running after taking the oath of office a little more than a month ago. In his first few days, the mayor has prioritized public safety, appointed a new City Finance Director and other members of his senior leadership team. He also has ended the city's lawsuit with firefighters, and addressed high water bills and infrastructure issues. ...


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Mayor Whitmire to Appoint Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock as Chair of METRO

Houston Mayor John Whitmire announced today his appointment of Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock as Board Chair of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO), pending City Council and board approval. ...


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Mayor Whitmire Announces Plans for 2024 Tour de Houston

Mayor John Whitmire today announced that the Tour de Houston will take place in 2024. The Mayor is pleased to confirm long-time partner Apache Corporation will once again serve as the title sponsor for the 2024 ride. ...