At the City of Sugar Land’s July 19 city council meeting, Jacqueline Baly Chaumette was unanimously elected as the new Mayor Pro Tem. She is a senior member of the City Council, currently serving her second term.
As Mayor Pro Tem, Chaumette will act as Mayor during the absence of Mayor Thompson and has the power to perform every act the Mayor would perform if present. Chaumette is the second woman, youngest person and first black person to be appointed Mayor Pro Tem in the City’s 52-year history.
In May 2008, Chaumette won election to Sugar Land’s City Council. Chaumette won her position on her inaugural run with over 69% of the vote. She was unopposed for her re-election bid in 2010.
Away from Council, Chaumette is President and CEO of BalyProjects, LLC., where she counsels corporations on education, transportation, air quality and infrastructure policy issues. She is a former Commissioner of the Brazos River Authority, a statewide appointment she received from Governor Perry, where she represented Harris, Fort Bend and surrounding counties on water and wastewater issues.
She has been featured on KUHF, KTRH, KTRK and several radio stations discussing policy matters. She also lectures on public policy and urban politics at the University of Houston.
She and her husband, David, have two sons, Raphael and Alexandre.