Dee Margo Article

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Dee Margo
54th Mayor of El Paso
Assumed office
June 26, 2017
Preceded by Oscar Leeser
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 78th district
In office
January 11, 2011 – January 8, 2013
Preceded by Joe Moody
Succeeded byJoe Moody
Personal details
Donald Margo

(1952-02-04) February 4, 1952 (age 66)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Republican
Adair Margo ( m. 1976)
Website Government website

Donald "Dee" Margo (born February 4, 1952) is an American businessman who is the 54th and current mayor of the city of El Paso, Texas. On June 10, 2017, he became the mayor-elect of El Paso after winning the runoff part of the city's mayoral election of 2017 against David Saucedo. [1] [2] Margo served a term in the Texas House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, representing the 78th district, which covers parts of El Paso County, having defeated current Democratic Party member and Texas state representative Joe Moody. Moody defeated Margo in a rematch in 2012. [3]

Early life and education

Donald Margo accepted a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University in 1970 and graduated in 1974; afterwards Margo moved to El Paso in 1977 from Nashville, Tennessee to join his father-in-law at John D. Williams Company (JDW). In February 1981, six days after Margo’s 29th birthday, his father-in-law suffered a fatal heart attack. Margo had purchased JDW from the estate, and expanded the company from six employees to 70 in the span of 30 years. [4]

Electoral history

El Paso, Texas mayoral election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Dee Margo [5] 17,148 57
Nonpartisan David Saucedo 12,937 43

Personal life and family

Margo has been a resident of El Paso for over 40 years. He and his wife Adair married on August 21, 1976 and moved to El Paso in March 1977, where they raised their sons. Their granddaughters are fifth-generation El Pasoans. [6]

Tax policy

In a May 2017 interview shortly before he was elected, Margo was asked "how far he’d go to keep from raising taxes" and he stated that "I’ll go as far as I can go. We cannot afford any more tax increases given what we’re dealing with here with all of these bond issues." [7]

See also


  1. ^ Villasana, Jose (2017-06-11). "BREAKING: Dee Margo elected mayor of El Paso, Saucedo concedes race". KVIA. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  2. ^ RogueBeaver (2017-06-10). "San Antonio & El Paso Mayoral Liveblog / France & Puerto Rico Open Thread – RRH Elections". RRH Elections. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  3. ^ Ballotpedia. "Donald Margo". Retrieved 2017-06-10.
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