Ellen Cohen

Ellen Cohen Houston Mayor Pro Tem and City Council Member, District C. Represents portions of the Heights, Montrose, Meyerland & Memorial Park. Ellen is Houston Mayor Pro Tem and a City Councilwoman representing District C, which includes portions of the Heights, Montrose, Meyerland & Memorial Park.

She is Chair of the Quality of Life Committee. Ellen is former president and CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center. Following almost 20 years at the Center, Ellen was presented with the opportunity to become an entirely different kind of advocate – that of an elected official. In 2006, she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Ellen served on various committees’ during her tenure including Appropriations, Higher Education, Public Health, Rules & Resolutions, Select Committee of Federal Legislation, and Urban Affairs. A cancer survivor herself, she was the first House sponsor of the bill creating the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Ellen has a strong connection with many organizations that have a significant impact on the Houston community. She serves or has served on the boards of: American Cancer Society, American Leadership Forum Executive Committee; City of Houston Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan Advisory Task Force, Congregation Beth Israel; Faith Trust Institute; Police Advisory Board; American Jewish Committee; Cool Globes Houston Programming Advisory Board; Houston Area Adult Protective Services, and Park Plaza Hospital. She is also a former President of Leadership Houston and the Medical Center Hospital Board.

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01/02/2020

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Dear Friends,On Thursday, December 26th, I completed my last official duty as your Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member, by ...
12/31/2019

Dear Friends,

On Thursday, December 26th, I completed my last official duty as your Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member, by chairing a Council Meeting to certify the Houston Runoff 2019 Election Results. This was a bittersweet moment for me: I am thrilled to certify that Mayor Sylvester Turner will continue his service, and that my successor will be Council Member Elect Abbie Kamin. I congratulate all returning and incoming Council Members and look forward to their good work!

The past eight years have been some of the most rewarding of my life. Together, we found the funding to close the backlog of over 6,600 untested rape kits. We ensured the creation of a dedicated Human Trafficking Division within the Houston Police Department. We approved the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance - a massive victory for civil rights, even if it was repealed a year and a half later due to a misinformation campaign. We fixed streets like Shepherd Dr, Allen Pkwy, and Richmond Ave (and many more). We fast-tracked funding for Project Brays and the replacement of the Yale St Bridge. We found a historic solution to our pension crisis. We upgraded parks and libraries, water and sewer lines, and filled tens of thousands of potholes.

Because of your faith in me, together, we improved the quality of life for residents throughout District C and Houston. I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your help in creating this legacy for our city.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve, and I look forward to continuing to do so in other capacities.

Onward to 2020!

Sincerely,

Ellen

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Thank you so much, Mayor Turner and all my colleagues on Council. Today's Outgoing Council Member Luncheon was in turns ...
12/20/2019

Thank you so much, Mayor Turner and all my colleagues on Council. Today's Outgoing Council Member Luncheon was in turns very moving, funny, and a little bittersweet. I have loved my time on Council and have been so honored to represent District C and Houston as the Mayor Pro Tem. It has been the privilege of a lifetime and I am thrilled to pass on the torch to Council Member Elect Abbie Kamin. I'm looking forward to continuing strong working relationships with all of you in service to our great city. Onward to 2020!

Rep Jarvis Johnson
12/19/2019

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Fire Chief Pena, Police Chief Acevedo and Asst. Chief Finner, and I congratulate Mayor Turner and all remaining and inco...
12/17/2019

Fire Chief Pena, Police Chief Acevedo and Asst. Chief Finner, and I congratulate Mayor Turner and all remaining and incoming Council Members!

Happy Election Day! There are still 3 hours left to vote, and remember this year you can cast your ballot at ANY Voting ...
12/14/2019
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Happy Election Day! There are still 3 hours left to vote, and remember this year you can cast your ballot at ANY Voting Location! www.harrisvotes.com has all the info you need. #Abbie4C!

Welcome From County Clerk Diane Trautman!Harris County is stronger when we all vote. This website contains important information to ensure voters have what they need to cast their ballot.The electoral process is at its strongest when our community is informed and engaged. As the Chief Elections Offi...

Land sale paves way for new Montrose library in mixed-use development
12/12/2019
Land sale paves way for new Montrose library in mixed-use development

Land sale paves way for new Montrose library in mixed-use development

Houston City Council on Wednesday approved a land sale crucial to a proposed relocation of Montrose’s longtime library branch into a mixed-use development. The plan approved by Council allows for the sale of an 8,300-square-foot parcel of land at 802 Westheimer to Radom Capital, which owns the adj...

A strong day for public safety in Houston. This morning Mayor Sylvester Turner and I called upon the Senate to reauthori...
12/05/2019

A strong day for public safety in Houston. This morning Mayor Sylvester Turner and I called upon the Senate to reauthorize the National Violence Against Women Act. Following the bills passage in 1994, I was honored to be appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, so this bill is very personal for me. Then this afternoon, we swore in 55 new Houston Police Department officers!

There's still a half hour left before the polls close on this first day back of Early Voting in the Houston Runoff Elect...
12/03/2019

There's still a half hour left before the polls close on this first day back of Early Voting in the Houston Runoff Election! Today I was proud to vote for Abbie Kamin and I hope you will too. Early Vote continues through this week and part of next, and Runoff Election Day is Saturday the 14th. #Abbie4C!

It's a beautiful day for voting- polls are open til 7pm! Harrisvotes.com
12/02/2019

It's a beautiful day for voting- polls are open til 7pm! Harrisvotes.com

We have an extra special reason to be thankful this year: my grandson, Mitchell, is now engaged to Molly Wickman! From m...
11/28/2019

We have an extra special reason to be thankful this year: my grandson, Mitchell, is now engaged to Molly Wickman! From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy First Day of Early Voting in the Runoff! Polls are open til 7pm, and harrisvotes.com has all the info you need.
11/27/2019

Happy First Day of Early Voting in the Runoff! Polls are open til 7pm, and harrisvotes.com has all the info you need.

So glad we've finally been able to get Richmond Ave re-paved - couldn't have done it without Mayor Sylvester Turner's le...
11/22/2019

So glad we've finally been able to get Richmond Ave re-paved - couldn't have done it without Mayor Sylvester Turner's leadership!

Attention Veterans: On Monday, November 11th, Houston Heights Dentistry is offering free x-rays, exams, cleanings, filli...
11/10/2019
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Attention Veterans: On Monday, November 11th, Houston Heights Dentistry is offering free x-rays, exams, cleanings, fillings, and extractions on a first-come, first-serve basis for all veterans! For more info please visit www.hh.dental

Award-winning Houston Heights cosmetic dentist providing premium cosmetic, restorative, and preventive care. We can transform your smile and improve self-confidence in an upscale, calming environment.

Today is the day - Election Day is finally here! Polls are open until 7pm and all Harris County voters can vote at ANY o...
11/05/2019

Today is the day - Election Day is finally here! Polls are open until 7pm and all Harris County voters can vote at ANY of the 700+ voting locations! Harrisvotes.com has all the info you need. #Abbie4C!

11/04/2019

In 2007, I was proud to sponsor a bill in the Texas Legislature for the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. As a cancer survivor, and as someone who lost her husband to cancer, this has been one of the most personally meaningful successes of my career. Since then, CPRIT has provided over $2.4B in grant funding to over 100 academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private companies, all in Texas - including MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine, the Rose, and many more here in Houston. CPRIT has created thousands of jobs and generated billions of dollars of economic activity.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, Texans will vote on Proposition 6, which increases the bond funding capacity for CPRIT from $3B to $6B. I strongly urge you to vote YES on Prop 6 so that they can continue to support this vital cancer research in Texas.

Today is the LAST DAY to Early Vote! Polls are open 7am-7pm, and harrisvotes.com has all the info you need on locations,...
11/01/2019

Today is the LAST DAY to Early Vote! Polls are open 7am-7pm, and harrisvotes.com has all the info you need on locations, Voter ID, etc. Make your voice heard - VOTE! #Abbie4C!

Having a great time at the Garden Oaks Wine Walk! What a wonderful way to raise money for their constable patrol program...
10/19/2019

Having a great time at the Garden Oaks Wine Walk! What a wonderful way to raise money for their constable patrol program. I'm thrilled to be a silver sponsor. Thanks as always to Ed and Brenda de Alba for hosting in their breathtaking back yard!

The Chron strongly recommends Abbie Kamin for District C Council Member, and I strongly agree!Early voting begins Monday...
10/19/2019
We recommend Abbie Kamin for Houston City Council District C [Editorial]

The Chron strongly recommends Abbie Kamin for District C Council Member, and I strongly agree!

Early voting begins Monday and harrisvotes.com has all the info you need. #Abbie4C!

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Abbie-Kamin-for-Houston-City-Council-14546253.php

Houston City Council District C is home to one of the city’s most vibrant and prosperous neighborhoods, the Heights, and neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey. It’s also home to some of Houston’s most engaged residents, so it’s no surprise that so many candidates are competing to rep...

10/17/2019

Today we celebrate #WhiteCaneSafetyDay in Houston! The white cane and guide dog are critical mobility tools for our blind community. The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, including new Director Gabe Cazares, put together a deeply moving program that really brought home to the need for awareness to foster safety, dignity, and independence for the blind and visually impaired.

10/16/2019
Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Announcing a new effort in the fight against human trafficking. Houston is expanding the effort against labor trafficking and sex trafficking with the Blue Lightning Initiative. City of Houston Anti-Human Trafficking Office

Female Justices hold ‘court’ on Heights Boulevard
10/07/2019
Female Justices hold ‘court’ on Heights Boulevard

Female Justices hold ‘court’ on Heights Boulevard

Artist Jessica Padilla has been busy. In February, she completed the mini mural of Nobel Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai at T.C. Jester Boulevard and Ella

10/04/2019
www.harrisvotes.co

Reminder, in order to vote in the November 2019 Election, you MUST register to vote by Monday, October 7th! If you are eligible to vote, you must print, complete, and mail in a physical copy of the Voter Registration Application. Please visit www.harrisvotes.com for all your voter needs!

Mayor Turner, the Houston Area Women’s Center, and I are proud to declare this month as Domestic Violence Awareness Mont...
10/03/2019

Mayor Turner, the Houston Area Women’s Center, and I are proud to declare this month as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every year, the Houston Area Women’s Center serves more than 73,000 adults and children through their programs and initiatives including crisis response, survivor empowerment, violence prevention, and culture change. The City of Houston commends the Houston Area Women’s Center for its leadership and extends its best wishes for the successful observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Reminder: to cast your ballot in the Nov 2019 Election, you MUST register to vote by Monday, October 7th! Eligible voter...
10/01/2019

Reminder: to cast your ballot in the Nov 2019 Election, you MUST register to vote by Monday, October 7th! Eligible voters must print, complete, and mail in a physical copy of a Voter Registration Application. www.harrisvotes.com for all your voter info needs.

09/29/2019

This evening, at sundown, marks the commencement of the Jewish High Holy Days with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is followed ten days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Those of the Jewish faith traditionally gather in synagogue for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and refrain from work on these holy days. In observance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the District C office will be closed on Monday, September 30th and Wednesday, October 9th. To my co-religionists, l'shanah tovah!

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Ellen Cohen has lived and worked in the city of Houston for almost 40 years. She served as Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee for a decade, then became CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center where, for 18 years, she worked with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In 2006, she was elected Texas State Representative for District 134. After two terms in the Legislature, Ellen continued her public service career at home, as Houston City Council Member for District C. She is currently Houston’s Mayor Pro-Tem and serves as chair of the Quality of Life Committee.

Mayor Pro Tem Cohen’s time on council has been both eventful and successful. She championed an ordinance to fund testing of the city’s backlogged sexual assault kits. Her advocacy on the issue also led to the creation of the Houston’s first ever dedicated Human Trafficking Unit within the police department. As Chair of the Quality of Life Committee, Cohen has been a champion for the city’s greenspace and has worked to acquire new park land, increase connectivity of hike and bike trails, and revitalize some of the city’s signature parks. She also serves on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs and Public Safety Committees.

Mayor Pro Tem Cohen’s commitment to equality is evidenced by her long history of advocacy for the LGBT community. As Executive Director of AJC and CEO of the HAWC, Cohen took a leadership role in advocating for same sex partner benefits at the city, and encouraged other non-profits to do the same. She continued to advocate for LGBT rights by working on legislation that addressed health care rights of domestic partners, bullying in Texas schools, and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Mayor Pro Tem Cohen was the council whip for Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). The ordinance prohibited discrimination on the basis of characteristics, such as ethnicity, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and others.

Ellen dedicates her time to serving on various boards with a significant impact on the Houston community. She serves or has served on the boards of: American Cancer Society, American Leadership Forum Executive Committee; City of Houston Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan Advisory Task Force, Congregation Beth Israel; Faith Trust Institute; Police Advisory Board; American Jewish Committee; Cool Globes Houston Programming Advisory Board; Houston Area Adult Protective Services, and Park Plaza Hospital. She is also a former President of Leadership Houston and the Medical Center Hospital Board.

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Ellen, they rolled through Mangum Manor last night and stole the wheels off of many vehicles, leaving them on blocks. This is a twice a month thing......WE WANT SOMETHING DONE!
Trash pick up was late and sloppy today. Trash can left blocking 1/3 of my driveway.
From my friend Judy Reeves: And just how many ways can the city of Houston figure out to thwart my safe return home from KPFT at 3AM??? Last night it was driving [or nearly so - within a foot] into a solid greyish- green fence structure where Yoakum curves into Waugh! No signs, no lights, no fn nothin'!! And I managed to back up and go around it to the other little entrance to Waugh - and THAT was blocked the same way!! Apparently it was a large area that had been blocked for some kind of festival...HOWEVER I had been on the street that gets blocked off for the Greek Festival - and from the corner of Hawthorne it was easily visible with all sorts of...I don't know, whatcha call it things - of yeah LIGHTS and even a security guard walking in those LIGHTS! Houston: get a clue - when you issue permits make it a requirement to keep your 'wall' well lit for drivers to see at night!!!! Very simple concept. Yes, thank you, I made it home without incident - no thanks to you [the city]! Whew - I feel better now.
I’d like to know why Childress St. is being resurfaced, yet as my client that live on this street points out it wasn’t in bad shape yet we in Montrose have the most atrocious streets imaginable?
Thank you for your thoughtful words regarding gun violence prevention during today’s city council meeting. We hope you’ll join us at #WearOrange this weekend at Finnegan Park.
Ellen - Were you aware of the cyclist who was hit by a car on April 9th on Waugh at Vermont in the bike lane and who passed away last week from complications from the incident?
Funny, he was happy to take your money when he ran for Senate... Can you get a refund?
Dear Ms. Cohen, I live in the western portion of cottage grove. We not only have parking and flooding issues with our streets, we also have public safety issues. As you can see, a fire truck cannot safely pass through our streets. If there is a fire, how can we expect the fire department to help us if they cannot safely navigate our neighborhood? What is being done to address our concerns with the streets of cottage grove? Sincerely, John Johannes, Esq.
Houston Chronicle Editorial Board on Prop B: "Mayor Turner is acting responsibly on behalf of the entire city — at great political risk, we might add...in negotiations over both pension reform and raises, Turner passed up the popular route for the fiscally responsible one." https://t.co/XG0E82874W
Ellen tagging everything makes a mockery of the voters. Are you kidding me. Really not implementing prop B when the voters have spoken is a mockery lady.