Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee loses race to become Houston Mayor

Even with support from national heavy hitters, Congressman Sheila Jackson struck out. She was defeated by a wide margin by State Sen. John Whitmire to become the mayor of Houston, Texas.

Whitmire received the largest share of votes with 43%, while Jackson Lee received 36%. 

The campaign focused on crime, affordable housing, and controlling the city’s expenses. Houston has a population of 2.3 million and is the nation’s fourth-largest city.

Lee has represented Houston’s 18th Congressional District since 1994. She was backed by Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton for mayor.

She is known as one of the most difficult bosses around, and recently, she was heard loudly berating staff members.