THE LEADING LADY OF HOUSTON -msnbc

When Annise Parker was first elected mayor of Houston in 2009, people balked that a deep south city was the first to elect an openly gay Mayor. Texans weren’t–they had already elected Parker to office six times. Today, she’s one of only three female mayors of a major U.S. city. Married in California and mother of four adopted kids, she’s reaching the end of her final term as mayor.