**The following is the official News Release from the Locke Campaign**
HOUSTON – January 30, 2009 – Prominent Houston attorney Gene Locke today officially designated a campaign treasurer. The official filing clears the way for his entrance into Houston’s 2009 mayoral race.
“I took the step of designating Jacob Monty so I could begin using money for my campaign to succeed Bill White as Mayor. With a background as diverse as Houston’s – and a work ethic that has helped me cultivate the many opportunities citizens here are afforded – I am confident and ready to lead this city into a new era of prosperity,” says Locke. “This is a time for Houston to prepare and respond – if it becomes necessary – to challenges. We endured and learned from the oil bust of the 1980s, and more recently handled devastating hurricanes with heart, muscle and optimism. I intend to exemplify, and hold high, these elements of our community’s winning spirit as I roll out a successful campaign.”
The son of a teacher and grandson of farmers, Locke graduated valedictorian from his high school in Marshall, Texas. He was accepted to the University of Houston shortly after the school integrated. There he became known for his leadership and attentiveness to social issues and civil rights. Later, he entered South Texas College School of Law, working days at the Shell refinery and attending classes at night.
After receiving his law degree Locke moved to Washington to serve as Chief of Staff to Representative Mickey Leland. His influence and reputation grew as he returned to his chosen city. He served as Houston City Attorney under Mayor Bob Lanier from 1995-1998. A partner at Andrews Kurth LLP law firm, Locke remains General Counsel to the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority where he has been instrumental in putting together contracts that brought Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium and the Toyota Center to fruition.
Gene Locke is a devoted husband and father. His wife, Aubrey Sampson Locke; daughters, Tembi and Attica; sons, Nicholas, Douglas and Thomas – are among his biggest supporters. Locke notes, “This race has been a long time coming. I feel like I have been preparing for this all my life. I am now at a point where I can do whatever is necessary to achieve my goal of being the best mayor to ever serve this great city.”