Annise Danette Parker (born May 17, 1956) is the mayor-elect of Houston, Texas and the current Controller of the City of Houston. Previously she served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council since 1997.
Parker placed first in the November 2009 mayoral election, but failed to capture a majority of the vote. She defeated attorney Gene Locke, the second-place candidate, in the December run-off election. Upon taking office as mayor in January, Parker will be the city's second female mayor, as well as the first openly gay mayor of a major American city.